On This Day

What Happened in December 1731

Historical Events

  • Dec 22 Dutch people revolt against meat tax
  • Dec 30 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), born in Kaufbeuren. Bavaria (d. 1807)
  • Dec 7 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron, French scholar and interpreter, born in Paris (d. 1805)
  • Dec 8 Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer
  • Dec 12 Erasmus Darwin, influential English physician, poet, philosopher, and botanist (grandfather of Charles Darwin), born in Newark-on-Trent, England (d. 1807)
  • Dec 26 Anthony Ziesenis, architect/sculptor (Town Hall of Westzaan)
  • Dec 28 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 26 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (b. 1672)
  • Dec 29 Brook Taylor, English mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem, dies at 46