On This Day

What Happened in December 1771

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 25 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet, diarist and sister of William Wordsworth, born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England (d. 1855)
  • Dec 26 Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Regulus)
  • Dec 26 Julie Clary, queen consort of Naples (d. 1845)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (b. 1682)
  • Dec 23 Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, first native Canadian canonized (founded the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal), dies at 70,
  • Dec 26 Claude Adrien Helv├ętius, French philosopher (b. 1715)
  • Dec 27 Henri Pitot, Italian-French engineer, dies at 76