On This Day

What Happened in December 1744

Historical Events

InventionScientific Discovery

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

Astronomer James Bradley
James Bradley

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