On This Day

What Happened in December 1742

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Empress Elisabeth orders expulsion of all Jews from Russia
  • Dec 13 Willem KH Friso tests his mothers potatoes

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 9 Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Swedish pharmacist and chemist (lemon acid), born in Stralsund, Swedish Pomerania (d. 1786)
  • Dec 16 Gebhard Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt, German Field Marshal (d. 1819)
  • Dec 25 Charlotte von Stein, German friend of Goethe (d. 1827)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 31 Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine (1716-42), dies at 81