On This Day

What Happened in December 1769

Historical Events

  • Dec 12 Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee
  • Dec 13 Dartmouth College in New Hampshire receives its charter
  • Dec 25 First Christian service in New Zealand; Mass is celebrated in Doubtless Bay by Father Paul-Antoine Léonard de Villefeix of the de Surville expedition

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 13 Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet and novelist (Fables & Tales), dies at 54
  • Dec 30 Nicholas Taaffe, 6th Viscount Taaffe, Austrian soldier (b. 1685)