On This Day

What Happened in December 1708

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Great Alliance occupies Brussels
  • Dec 14 Prosper Jolyot's "Electre" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 29 Great Alliance occupies Gent

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Marianus K√∂nigsperger, German composer, born in Roding, Germany (d. 1769)
  • Dec 8 Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1745-1765), born in Ducal Palace of Nancy, Lorraine, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1765)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 20 Willem van Bemmel, Dutch painter and etcher, dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Hedvig Sophia, Duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, dies at 27
  • Dec 28 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)