December 1779 in History

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Events in History


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

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 12 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint (d. 1865)

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

Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)
  • Dec 8 Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • Dec 23 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724)