On This Day

What Happened in December 1773

Historical Events

  • Dec 16 Boston tea party incident - Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British imposed Tea Act

Historic Expedition

Dec 18 A skirmish at Grass Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound results in the deaths of two Māori and nine members of James Cook's expedition, New Zealand

  • Dec 26 Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 24 Joseph Wölfl, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1812)
  • Dec 27 George Cayley, England, found science of aerodynamics