On This Day

What Happened in December 1651

Historical Events

  • Dec 24 Jan van Riebeeck departs for Cape of Good Hope to found 1st permanent European settlement
  • Dec 25 Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for "observing any such day as Christmas"

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Cristobal de Isla Diego, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 6 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess, dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Pierre Dupuy, French historian & scholar, dies at 69
  • Dec 17 Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 18 Francisco the Melo, Portuguese/Spanish earl of Assumar, dies at 54