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 This day in History - December 5
353 Historic Events for December 5
1212

Derek II of Are, Bishop of Utrecht (1197-1212), dies

Death
1244

Johanna of Constantinople, countess of Flanders (1205-44), dies

Death
1301

Pope Boniface VIII's degree Ausculta fili (only nominee)

Event
1349

500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots

Event
1355

Jan III, duke of Brabant/Limburg, dies

Death
1448

Bishop Jona of Moscow chosen as metropolitan of Kiev/Intoxication

Event
1456

Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die

Event
1492

Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espa¤ola/Haiti)

Event
1496

Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I

Event
1545

Janus Dousa, [Johan van de Does], Dutch politician/poet

Birth
1547

Ubbo Emmius, [van Embden], Dutch-Frisian humanist/historian

Birth
1560

Fran‡ois II, King of France (1559-60), dies at 16

Death
1590

Niccol• Sfondrati chosen Pope Gregory XIV

Event
1594

Gerardus Mercator, Flemish philosopher/cartographer, dies at 82

Death
1602

Giulio Caccini's "Euridice," premieres in Florence

Event
1661

Robert Haley, earl of Oxford/English premier (Whig, 1710-14)

Birth
1663

Severo Bonini, composer, dies at 80

Death
1666

Francesco Antonio Nicola Scarlotti, composer

Birth
1675

John Lightfoot, English theologist (Horae Hebraicae), dies at 73

Death
1687

Francesco Xaverio Geminiani, composer

Birth
1697

Carlo Arrigoni, composer

Birth
1697

Giuseppe de Majo, composer

Birth
1724

Joseph Friebert, composer

Birth
1741

-6] Russian princess Elisabeth Petrovna grabs powers

Event
1745

Christoph Forster, composer, dies at 52

Death