On This Day

What Happened in December 1732

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players in New York
  • Dec 7 The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, England
  • Dec 13 Prussia joins Austria and Russia in signing the Treaty of Berlin, a secret treaty regarding succession to the Polish throne

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Warren Hastings, 1st governor-general of India (1773-84), born in Churchill, Oxfordshire (d. 1818)
  • Dec 13 Jean-Claude Trial, French composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1771)

Richard Arkwright

Dec 23 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor (created the spinning frame, built Cromford Mill), born in Preston, England (d. 1792)


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • Dec 14 Johann Philipp Fortsch, German composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 18 Johann Valentin Eckelt, German composer, dies at 59