On This Day

What Happened in December 1597

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 23 Martin Opitz, German poet "Father of Modern German Poetry", born in Bunzlau, Silesia (d. 1639)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 18 Barbara Blomberg, German mistress of Emperor Charles V, mother of John of Austria, dies at 67
  • Dec 21 Saint Peter Canisius, Dutch Jesuit Catholic priest, dies at 76