On This Day

What Happened in December 1666

Historical Events

Meeting of Interest

Dec 22 The French Academy of Sciences, founded by Louis XIV with Jean-Baptiste Colbert first meets in the Kings Library

  • Dec 30 Abraham Crijnssen departs to Suriname

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 5 Francesco Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. ~1741)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 12 Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (26), marries his niece and cousin Margaret Theresa of Spain (15), the celebrations last almost two years