On This Day

What Happened in December 1665

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 Jean Racine's "Alexandre le Grand" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 11 "Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi festival in Smyrna
  • Dec 30 "Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi departs to Constantinople

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 25 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
  • Dec 28 George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, French socialite (b. 1588)
  • Dec 10 Tarquinio Mercula, composer, dies