On This Day

December 1651 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 24 Jan van Riebeeck departs for Cape of Good Hope to found 1st permanent European settlement
  • Dec 25 Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for "observing any such day as Christmas"

Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess, dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Pierre Dupuy, French scholar (b. 1582)
  • Dec 18 Francisco the Melo, Portuguese/Spanish earl of Assumar, dies at 54