On This Day

What Happened in December 1686

Historical Events

Historic Event

Dec 19 Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Daniel Defoe's famous novel)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 25 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Nicolas Steno, Danish scientist prominent in anatomy and geology, and later Catholic priest, bishop, and candidate for sainthood, dies at 48
  • Dec 6 Eleonora Gonzaga, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire (1651-57), dies at 56
  • Dec 11 Louis II Condé, Duke of Bourbon (Rocroy), dies at 65