On This Day

What Happened in December 1631

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed
  • Dec 16 Mount Vesuvius in Italy erupts, burying many villages under lava flows and killing around 3,000 people

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 14 Anne Conway, English philosopher, born in London (d. 1679)
  • Dec 28 Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 23 Michael Drayton, English poet (b. 1563)
  • Dec 27 John Pijnas, Dutch painter, buried at about 47