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

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

11th December 1610 A.D. The Death of Adam Elsheimer #Onthisday