On This Day

What Happened in December 1734

Historical Events

  • Dec 13 Britain and Russia sign trade agreement
  • Dec 24 Royal Alcázar of Madrid burns down in Madrid with the lost of many artworks, though paintings of Velázquez are saved

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 17 Georg Peter Weimar, German cantor and composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1800)
  • Dec 17 William Floyd, American soldier who signed the US Declaration of Independence, born in Brookhaven, Province of New York (d. 1821)
  • Dec 17 Maria I of Portugal, Queen of Portugal and the Algarves, born in Ribeira Palace, Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1816)
  • Dec 18 Jean-Baptiste Rey, French conductor (Paris Opera) and composer, born in Lauzerte, France (d. 1810)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 14 Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter & cartoonist, dies at 44
  • Dec 21 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, Bohemian lutenist and Baroque composer, dies at 54

Rob Roy

Dec 28 Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero and outlaw, dies at 63