On This Day

What Happened in December 1719

Historical Events

  • Dec 11 1st recorded display of Aurora Borealis in north American colonies (New England)
  • Dec 18 Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 24 Johann Christoph Altnikol, German organist & composer (Bach's son-in-law & copyist), born in Sulik√≥w, Poland (d. 1759)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Pasquier Quesnel, French theologist (La Foi), dies at 85
  • Dec 16 Adrian "Aart" van Wijck, Dutch theologist (anti-jansenism), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 John Flamsteed, 1st Astronomer Royal, dies at 73