On This Day

Famous People Born in December 1778

  • Dec 6 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist, born in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, Kingdom of France (d. 1850)
  • Dec 15 Godert van der Capellen, Dutch governor-general (Dutch-Indies), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1848)
  • Dec 17 Humphry Davy, English chemist, studied electro-chemistry, invented the Davy lamp), born in Penzance, Cornwall, England (d. 1829)

Person of interestJoseph Grimaldi

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 Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte, eldest child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI (d. 1851)
  • Dec 21 Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish politician, born in Rudkøbing, Denmark (d. 1860)
  • Dec 26 Juan Lovera, Venezuela, artist
  • Dec 28 Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (d. 1846)