On This Day

December 1491 in History

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 24 Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuit order, born in Azpeitia, Spain (d. 1556)

Person of interestJacques Cartier

Dec 31 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, born in St. Malo, Brittany (d. 1557)

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 6 King Charles VIII of France (21) marries Anna Duchess of Brittany (14) giving France control over Brittany

King of France Charles VIII
King of France
Charles VIII

Deaths in History

  • Dec 3 Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies