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Events in History


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Dec 5 English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name

Pirate Blackbeard
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Blackbeard
  • Dec 25 Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 9 Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art)
  • Dec 16 Elizabeth Carter, English writer (d. 1806)
  • Dec 20 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (d. 1787)
  • Dec 25 Pius VI, [Giovanni A Braschi], Italy, Pope (1775-99)
  • Dec 27 Pope Pius VI (d. 1799)