On This Day

What Happened in December 1761

Historical Events

  • Dec 16 Seven Years' War: After four-month siege, Russian army under Pyotr Rumyantsev takes Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg (German: Kolberg).

Famous Birthdays

Madame Tussaud

Dec 1 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, born in Strasbourg (d. 1850)

  • Dec 11 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian philosopher and physicist, born in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy (d. 1835)
  • Dec 24 Selim III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1789-1808), born in Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • Dec 24 Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (greatest visual comet discoverer of all time), born in Peyre, Hautes-Alpes (d. 1831)
  • Dec 27 Michael A Barclay de Tolly, Scottish-Russian Minister of War

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 23 Alestair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish Jacobite spy "Pickle, dies at 36"