On This Day

What Happened in December 1678

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Edmond Halley receives MA from The Queen's College, Oxford

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Nicolaas Kruik, Dutch hydraulic engineer (drained Haarlemmermeer), born in West-Vlieland, Netherlands (d. 1754)
  • Dec 8 Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat, born in Houghton, Cambridge, England (d. 1757)
  • Dec 13 Yongzheng, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, born in Yonghe Palace, Forbidden City, China (d. 1735)
  • Dec 14 Daniel Neal, English historian, born in London (d. 1743)
  • Dec 30 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)