On This Day

What Happened in December 1774

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 Paul Revere and Wentworth Cheswell ride to warn Portsmouth of the approach of British warships

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • Dec 14 First incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Fort William and Mary, New Hampshire
  • Dec 14 Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attack arsenal of Ft William & Mary
  • Dec 18 Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia and Moravia

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 20 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, French composer & guitarist, born in Paris, France
  • Dec 30 Pieter G Witsen Geysbeek, Dutch historian/literary [or Dec 31]

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist, dies at 54
  • Dec 13 Susanne K von Klettenberg, German friend of Goethes mother, dies at 50
  • Dec 16 Francois Quesnay, French personal physician of Louis XIV, dies at 80