26th December 1618 A.D. The Birth of Elisabeth of the Palatinate, German princess, philosopher, and Calvinist #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

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

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

13th December 1678 A.D. The Birth of Yongzheng Emperor of China #Onthisday

12th December 1574 A.D. The Birth of Anne of Denmark #Onthisday

9th December 1594 A.D. The Birth of Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden #Onthisday

6th December 1520 A.D. The Birth of Barbara Radziwiłł, queen of Poland #Onthisday