On This Day

What Happened in December 1606

Historical Events

  • Dec 20 The English colonial expedition to America, consisting of the ships Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant, departs Blackwall, London to found Jamestown, Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 First known performance of William Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear" before the court of King James I at Whitehall, London

Playwright William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 20 Christoph Schultze, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1683)