What Happened in December 1788

Historical Events

  • Dec 17 Russian army of Grigory Potemkin occupies Ocharov
  • Dec 19 Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam
  • Dec 21 Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
  • Dec 23 Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 18 Camille Pleyel, Austrian piano builder/composer
  • Dec 29 Christian J├╝rgensen Thomsen, Danish archaeologist, named Stone/Iron/Bronze Ages, born in Copenhagen

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Jonathan Shipley, British bishop and politician (b. 1714)
  • Dec 12 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, German composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Carlos III, King of Naples/Spain (1759-88), dies at 72
  • Dec 22 Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
  • Dec 25 John Logan, Scottish conductor (Ode to the Cuckoo), dies at about 40
  • Dec 30 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter and etcher, dies at 86