On This Day

What Happened in December 1684

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmond Halley

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg, founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, born in Bergen, Denmark-Norway (d. 1754)
  • Dec 22 Johann J Dillenius [Dillen], German botanist (Historia Muscorum), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1747)