On This Day

What Happened in December 1588

Historical Events

  • Dec 23 "The Day of the Dagger" Henry, Duke of Guise, leader of the Catholic League is assassinated by the bodyguards of King Henry III at the Ch√Ęteau de Blois

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 10 Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher, born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1637)
  • Dec 24 Constance of Austria, queen of Poland, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1631)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 23 Hendrik de Guise, French leader of Catholic League, murdered at 37