On This Day

What Happened in December 1706

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 17 Gabrielle Chôtelet [La belle Emilie], French writer (Voltaire), born in Paris (d. 1749)
  • Dec 17 Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (Institutions de Physique; translation of Newton's Principia), born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1749)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and hymn writer, dies at 69
  • Dec 9 Pedro II, King of Portugal (1683-1706), dies at 58
  • Dec 28 Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and writer (Historical and Critical Dictionary), dies at 59