On This Day

What Happened in December 1781

Historical Events

Historic Event

Dec 28 Comte de Rochambeau and Nicolas Luckner are the last generals to be made Marshal of France by Louis XVI before the Revolution

  • Dec 31 Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Charles Philippe Lafont, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1839)
  • Dec 11 David Brewster, Scottish physicist and inventor (kaleidoscope), born in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland (d. 1868)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 16 Georg Simon Löhlein, German pianist and composer, dies at 56