On This Day

What Happened in December 1744

Historical Events

Scientific Discovery

Dec 31 English astronomer James Bradley announces discovery of Earth's nutation motion (wobble)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 8 Pierre-Joseph Candeille, French composer, born in Estaires, France (d. 1827)
  • Dec 19 Jacobus J Cramer, priest of Holland/Zealand/West-Friesland

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 8 Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle, duchess de Châteauroux, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, dies at 28
  • Dec 23 Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans, Duchess of Lorraine, dies at 68