On This Day

What Happened in December 1741

Historical Events

  • Dec 5 -6] Russian princess Elisabeth Petrovna grabs powers
  • Dec 7 Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia

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Dec 25 Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Astronomer
Anders Celsius
  • Dec 27 Prussian forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 8 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1787)
  • Dec 10 Aagje Deken, Dutch writer (For the Elderly & Children), born in Amstelveen, Netherlands (d. 1804)
  • Dec 30 Bartolomeo Giacometti, composer
  • Dec 31 Isabella Maria of Parma, wife of future Holy Roman emperor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1763)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 14 Charles Rollin, French historian, dies at 80
  • Dec 19 Vitus Bering, Danish navigator and explorer (explored Bering Strait and Alaska coast), dies after being shipwrecked at 60