On This Day

What Happened in December 1696

Historical Events

  • Dec 7 Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.
  • Dec 19 Jean-Francois Regnard's "Le Joueur" premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 22 James Oglethorpe, British soldier, politician, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia, born in Godalming, Surrey, England (d. 1758)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Empress Meishō, Japan (b. 1624)
  • Dec 23 Johann David Mayer, German composer, dies at 60