What Happened in December 1761

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Historical Events

  • Dec 16 Seven Years' War: After four-month siege, Russian army under Pyotr Rumyantsev takes Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg (German: Kolberg).

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 1 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, born in Strasbourg (d. 1850)

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • Dec 11 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (d. 1835)
  • Dec 22 Dorothea Jordan, Ireland, French comedic actress
  • Dec 24 Selam III, poet/composer/sultan of Turkey (1789-1808)
  • Dec 24 Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (d. 1831)
  • Dec 27 Michael A Barclay de Tolly, Scot/Russ minister of War

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 23 Alestair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish Jacobite spy