On This Day

What Happened in December 1652

Historical Events

  • Dec 10 Sea battle at Dungeness: lt-admiral Maarten Tromp beats English fleet

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 9 Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, German physician and botanist, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1723)
  • Dec 16 Giovanni Maria Casini, Italian organist, composer, and priest, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1719)
  • Dec 25 Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (d. 1713)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 8 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel, Flemish missionary, murdered at 35
  • Dec 23 John Cotton, Puritan clergyman in Massachusetts Bay colony, dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Frances Cecil, 2nd wife of English earl of Shaftesbury, dies