On This Day

What Happened in December 1699

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Baron Jacob Hop appointed treasurer-general of the Hague

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Dec 20 Russian Tsar Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed from Sept 1 to Jan 1

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 8 Maria Josepha of Austria, Queen consort of Poland (1734-57), born in Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria (d. 1757)
  • Dec 19 William Bowyer, English printer (d. 1777)
  • Dec 23 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, born in Colchester (d. 1788)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 15 Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63