On This Day

What Happened in December 1738

Historical Events

  • Dec 9 Jews are expelled from Breslau Silesia

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Richard Montgomery, Irish General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, born in Swords, Dublin (d. 1775)
  • Dec 14 Jan Antonín Koželuh, Czech composer, born in Velvary, Czech Republic (d. 1814)
  • Dec 26 Thomas Nelson, merchant, signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Dec 28 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer

Person of interestCharles Cornwallis

Dec 31 Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator (leading British general in the American War of Independence), born in London (d. 1805)

General and Colonial Administrator Charles Cornwallis
General and Colonial Administrator
Charles Cornwallis

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 13 Gotthard Wagner, German composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 22 Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 22 Constantia Jones, British prostitute, executed on theft allegations at 30