On This Day

What Happened in December 1598

Historical Events

  • Dec 16 Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - in the final battle of the war Korean navy decisively defeats the Japanese
  • Dec 21 Battle of Curalaba: the Mapuche people led by Pelentaru revolt and inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestGian Lorenzo Bernini

Dec 7 Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), painter and architect, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1680)

Baroque Sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Baroque Sculptor
Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Elbertus Leoninus, Dutch lawyer/politician, dies at about 78
  • Dec 15 Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
  • Dec 16 Yi Sun-sin, Korean Naval Commander, shot at the naval Battle of Noryang at 53