What Happened in December 1783

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Jacques Charles and Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris
  • Dec 4 Gen Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC
  • Dec 7 Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London
  • Dec 7 William Pitt the Younger (24) becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister
  • Dec 9 First execution at Newgate Jail in London, relocated from Tyburn (now the site of Marble Arch)
  • Dec 18 British King George III dissmisses government of Portland
  • Dec 19 British government of William Pitt the Younger forms

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Dec 23 General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Dec 31 Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern US states

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 11 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet
  • Dec 12 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician (d. 1865)
  • Dec 14 Johann Christoph Kienlen, composer
  • Dec 19 Charles-Julien Brianchon, France, mathematician (Brianchon's theorem)
  • Dec 28 Robert Gallenberg, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 13 Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (b. 1717)
  • Dec 16 Johann Adolf Hasse, Dutch operatic composer (Sesostrate), dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Sir William James, British naval commander (b. 1720)
  • Dec 20 Antonio Francisco Jawer Jose Soler, Sp composer (Fandango), dies at 54