What Happened in December 1779

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 23 Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • Dec 31 British fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer
  • Dec 12 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint (d. 1865)
  • Dec 14 Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 18 Joseph Grimaldi, English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", born in London (d. 1837)

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi
  • Dec 19 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, engraver, born in Paris, France

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)
  • Dec 8 Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • Dec 15 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Jan Punt, engraver/illustrator/actor (Gideonschool), dies at 68
  • Dec 23 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724)
  • Dec 28 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer, dies at 64