On This Day

What Happened in December 1675

Historical Events

  • Dec 15 King Philip's War: After peace talk fail, Narraganset warriors attack the Jireh Bull Blockhouse, in South Kingston, Rhode Island, killing at least 15 colonists
  • Dec 19 King Philip's War: Combined colonial millitias stake massive attack against the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts, totally destroying the settlement and killing or displacing hundreds of non-combatant women and children

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 John Lightfoot, English theologist and scholar (Horae Hebraicae), dies at 73

Jan Vermeer

Dec 15 Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Girl with a Pearl Earring), dies at 43

  • Dec 23 Caesar, duc de Choiseul, French marshal and diplomat (b. 1602)