On This Day

What Happened in December 1689

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 First recorded successful separation of conjoined twins Elisabet and Catherina Meijerin, completed by Swiss surgeon Johannes Fatio in Basel [1]
  • Dec 16 English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections
  • Dec 22 Heavy earthquake strikes Innsbruck, Austria
  • Dec 30 Henry Purcell & Tates opera "Dido & Aeneas" premieres in Chesea

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 23 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French Baroque composer, one of the 1st to work without patrons, born in Thionville, France (d. 1755)
  • Dec 24 Frans van Mieris the Younger, Dutch painter & historian, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1763)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 29 Olfert Dapper, Amsterdam historian/geographer, buried
  • Dec 29 Thomas Sydenham, English physician and author of "Observationes Medicae", dies at 65