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Historical Moments for Dec 16

In Events:
December 15th 0687   St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon
December 15th 1124   Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II)
December 15th 1488   Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after sailing round Cape of Good Hope
December 15th 1569   Westmoreland flees to Scotland
December 15th 1582   Leidse university names Rembert Dodoens prof of botany/medicine
December 15th 1582   Spanish Netherlands/Denmark/Norway adopt Gregorian calendar
December 15th 1586   Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
December 15th 1593   State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft
December 15th 1612   Simon Marius, is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
December 15th 1640   Duke of Bragan‡a crowned King Johan IV of Portugal
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In Births:
December 15th 0037   Nero Claudius Augustus Germanicus, 5th emperor of Rome (54-68)
December 15th 1534   Lucas Osiander, composer
December 15th 1567   Christoph Demantius, composer
December 15th 1574   Samuel Besler, composer
December 15th 1610   David Teniers II, Flemish courtpainter (Theatrum Pictorium)
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In Deaths:
December 15th 1025   Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies
December 15th 1230   Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies
December 15th 1515   Alfonso de Albuquerque, viceroy of Portuguese Indies, dies
December 15th 1576   Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53
December 15th 1598   Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
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