On This Day

What Happened in December 1751

Historical Events

  • Dec 14 The first military academy in the world, the Theresian Military Academy, is founded in Austria
  • Dec 23 France sets plan to tax clergymen

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 7 Jurriaan Fran├žois de Friderici, governor-general of Suriname, born in Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1812)
  • Dec 9 Maria Luisa of Parma, Queen of Charles IV of Spain, born in Parma (d. 1819)
  • Dec 10 George Shaw, English botanist and zoologist, born in Bierton, Buckinghamshire (d. 1813)
  • Dec 26 Clement Hofbauer, Austrian missionary and saint (d. 1820)
  • Dec 28 Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 12 Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher, dies at 73
  • Dec 16 Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (b. 1700)
  • Dec 17 Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, Czech master builder, dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Kilian Ignaz von Dientzenhofer, Bohemian Baroque architect (Nepomukkerk, Prague), dies at 62
  • Dec 19 Louise of Great Britain, wife of Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1724)