On This Day

What Happened in December 1620

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam
  • Dec 11 Mayflower Pilgrims come ashore at in Plymouth Bay, traditionally thought to be at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [NS, Dec 21]

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Dec 11 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • Dec 21 Mayflower Pilgrims come ashore at in Plymouth Bay, traditionally thought to be at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [OS=Dec 11]

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Dec 23 French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII

King of France Louis XIII
King of France
Louis XIII

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 18 Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (d. 1668)