What Happened in December 1807

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Historical Events

  • Dec 17 France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
  • Dec 22 US Congress passes Embargo Act, prohibiting American ships from trading in all foreign ports, as a result of involvement in hostilities between France and Britain.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 17 John Greenleaf Whittier, US, poet (Snow-bound)
  • Dec 20 Richard Lucian Page, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • Dec 22 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (d. 1873)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Clara Reeve, English author (old English baron), dies
  • Dec 4 Prince Hall, activist/Masonic leader, dies in Boston
  • Dec 19 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (b. 1723)
  • Dec 21 John Newton, English cleric and hymnist (b. 1725)