On This Day

What Happened in December 1755

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 The second Eddystone Lighthouse on Eddystone Rocks off English southern coast is destroyed by fire

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Gilbert Stuart, American portrait painter (unfinished portrait of George Washington), born in Saunderstown, Rhode Island (d. 1828)
  • Dec 27 Antons Klemens Theodor, king of Saksen (1827-36)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Maurice Greene, English composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 21 Caspar Ruetz, German composer, dies at 47