What Happened in December 1783

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Jacques Charles and Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris
  • Dec 4 General Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC
  • Dec 9 First execution at Newgate Jail in London (now the site of the Central Criminal Court aka the Old Bailey), relocated from Tyburn (now the site of Marble Arch)

Historic Event

Dec 18 British King George III dismisses Duke of Portland's government

Historic Event

Dec 19 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister at age 24

Historic Event

Dec 23 US General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress

  • Dec 31 Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern US states

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 11 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet, born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 1817)
  • Dec 12 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician, born in New Jersey (d. 1865)
  • Dec 14 Johann Christoph Kienlen, German composer, born in Ulm, Germany (d. 1829)
  • Dec 19 Charles-Julien Brianchon, French mathematician (Brianchon's theorem)
  • Dec 28 Robert Gallenberg, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 13 Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (b. 1717)
  • Dec 16 Johann Adolf Hasse, Dutch operatic composer (Sesostrate), dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Sir William James, British naval commander (b. 1720)
  • Dec 16 Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (approximated the value of pi and its square, pi^2), dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Antonio Soler, Spanish Catalan composer (Fandango), dies at 54
  • Dec 31 Gualtherus van Doeveren, Zealand-Flanders physician, dies at 53