What Happened in December 1784

Historical Events

Event of Interest

Dec 21 John Jay becomes acting US Secretary of State (1789-90)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Castil-Blaze [Francois Henri Joseph Blaze], French composer and music critic, born in Cavaillon, France (d. 1857)
  • Dec 7 Allan Cunningham, Scottish poet and author, born in Keir, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (d. 1842)
  • Dec 13 Archduke Louis of Austria, 14th child of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II and Feldmarschal-Leutnant of Austrian Imperial Army, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1864)
  • Dec 14 Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Princess of Asturias, born in Caserta Palace, Caserta, Naples (d. 1806)
  • Dec 19 Marcus Morton, 16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • Dec 24 Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1803)
  • Dec 30 Dorothea Lieven, Russian-born correspondent of Czars and Empresses (held influential salons in London and Paris), born in Riga (d. 1857)
Born in 1784

Famous Deaths

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)

Dec 5 American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Dec 13 English scholar and lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language), dies at 75

  • Dec 25 Yosa Buson, Japanese painter (b. 1716)
  • Dec 26 Otto Friedrich Müller, Danish Naturalist who was a pioneer in the study of microorganisms, dies at 54
  • Dec 26 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader, dies at 41