On This Day

What Happened in December 1758

Historical Events

  • Dec 25 Return of Halley's comet 1st sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch
  • Dec 31 British expeditionary army occupies Goree (Dakar) Senegal

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Joseph Gelinek, Czech composer, born in Beroun, Czech Republic (d. 1825)
  • Dec 11 Carl Friedrich Zelter, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1832)
  • Dec 20 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer (d. 1832)
  • Dec 23 Nathan Wilson U.S. Representative from New York

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 25 James Hervey, English clergyman (b. 1714)