On This Day

What Happened in December 1709

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Franz Xaver Richter, Austro-Moravian composer, singer and conductor, born in Holleschau, Moravia (d. 1789) probable place of birth
  • Dec 11 Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Queen consort of Spain, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1742)
  • Dec 23 Jean-Noel Hamal, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1778)
  • Dec 27 Pieter de Swart, Dutch architect (Royal Palace, Hague)

Elizabeth of Russia

Dec 29 Elizabeth of Russia [Elizaveta Petrovna], Empress of Russia (1741-62) and daughter of Peter the Great, born in Kolomenskoye, Moscow, Russia (d. 1762)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Abraham a Sancta Clara [Johann Ulrich Megerle], German court preacher and friar, dies at 65
  • Dec 8 Thomas Corneille, French dramatist (Timocrates), dies at 74