What Happened in December 1775

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred
  • Dec 5 At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Dec 22 Continental navy organized with 7 ships
  • Dec 25 Pope Pius VI encyclical on the problems of the pontificate
  • Dec 31 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Nicolas Isouard, French composer, born in Porto Salvo, Valletta, Malta (d. 1818)
  • Dec 14 Philander Chase, American Episcopal Church bishop and founder of Kenyon College, born in Cornish, New Hampshire (d. 1852)
  • Dec 14 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral , born in Annsfield, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1860)
  • Dec 16 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, composer

Person of interestJane Austen

Dec 16 Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), born in Steventon, England (d. 1817)

Novelist Jane Austen
Jane Austen
  • Dec 25 Antun Sorkocevic, composer
  • Dec 30 Heinrich Carl Ebell, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 7 Charles Saunders, British admiral
  • Dec 28 Peter A van de Parra, gov-gen of (Neth Indies), dies at 61
  • Dec 31 Richard Montgomery, General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, dies in attack on Quebec