On This Day

What Happened in December 1779

Historical Events

Historic Event

Dec 23 Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct

  • Dec 31 British fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, Russian church composer (d. 1856)
  • Dec 12 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, born in Joigny, Burgundy, France (d. 1865)
  • Dec 14 Mariano Rodríguez de Ledesma, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1847)
  • Dec 19 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, engraver, born in Paris, France

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter, dies at 80
  • Dec 8 Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • Dec 15 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, Spanish theorist and composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Jan Punt, Dutch engraver, painter, illustrator and actor (Gideonschool), dies at 68
  • Dec 23 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724)
  • Dec 28 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer, dies at 64