What Happened in December 1732

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players in New York
  • Dec 7 The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack"

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • Dec 28 1st known ad for "Poor Richard's Almanack" (Pennsylvania Gazette)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Warren Hastings, England, 1st governor-General of India (1773-84)
  • Dec 13 Jean-Claude Trial, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 23 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor (created the spinning frame), born in Preston, England (d. 1792)

Industrialist and Inventor Richard Arkwright
Industrialist and Inventor
Richard Arkwright

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 John Gay, English poet (Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • Dec 14 Johann Philipp Fortsch, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 18 Johann Valentin Eckelt, composer, dies at 59