24th December 3 B.C. The Birth of Galba, Roman emperor #Onthisday

23rd December 1777 A.D The Birth of Alexander I of Russia #Onthisday

22nd December 1641 A.D. The Death of Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, 2nd Prime Minister of France #Onthisday

21st December 1505 A.D. The Birth of Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton, English politician #Onthisday

20th December 1722 A.D. The Death of Kangxi, emperor of the Qing Dynasty #Onthisday

19th December 1851 A.D. The Death of Joseph Mallord William Turner, English painter #Onthisday

18th December 1737 A.D. The Death of Antonio Stradivari, Italian instrument maker #Onthisday

17th December 1471 A.D. The Death of Infanta Isabel, Duchess of Burgundy #Onthisday

16th December 1775 A.D. The Birth of Jane Austen, English novelist #Onthisday

14th December 1624 A.D. The Death of Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English politician, Lord High Admiral #Onthisday