On This Day

What Happened in December 1694

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 English parliamentary election set for every 3 years

Historic Event

Dec 12 The Royal Society censures Edmond Halley for suggesting in a paper titled 'Some considerations about the cause of the universal deluge' that the story of Noah's flood could be an account of a cometary impact

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 William Shirley, British Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (played an important role in Britain’s struggle against France for control of North America), born in Preston, Sussex, England (d. 1771)
  • Dec 22 Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and writer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1768)
  • Dec 28 Ceslav Vanura, Czech composer, born in Miletín (d. 1736)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Pierre Paul Puget, French artist, dies at 74
  • Dec 11 Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma, dies at 64
  • Dec 28 Mary II, Queen of England Scotland and Ireland, dies after 5 years of rule at 32