What Happened in December 1777

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4
  • Dec 8 Captain Cook leaves Society Islands
  • Dec 17 France recognizes independence of British colonies in America
  • Dec 17 George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pa
  • Dec 18 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
  • Dec 19 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pa for winter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 24 Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Henry Doeff, colonialist (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary)
  • Dec 4 Juliette RĂ©camier, French socialite (d. 1849)
  • Dec 14 Juan N Gallego, Spanish poet/interpreter (El dos the mayo)
  • Dec 16 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • Dec 23 Aleksandr I P Romanov, tsar of Russia (1801-25)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 12 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss physician/biologist/author, dies at 69
  • Dec 12 Reverend Benjamin Russen, executed at Tyburn England for rape
  • Dec 30 Maximilian III Jozef, elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50