On This Day

What Happened in December 1723

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 Emperor Karel VI's Pragmatic Sanctie declares Constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 19 Susanne K von Klettenberg, German friend of Goethes mother
  • Dec 22 Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1787)
  • Dec 26 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (d. 1807)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Susanna Centlivre, English actress known as "the most successful female playwright of the eighteenth century", dies at 66 (approximately)
  • Dec 2 Philippe II, Duke of Orléans and Regent of France (1715-23), dies at 49
  • Dec 7 Jan Santini Aichel, Bohemian architect (b. 1677)
  • Dec 20 Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, German physician and botanist, dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Jacques Basnage, French/Dutch historian/vicar, dies at 70