On This Day

What Happened in December 1784

Historical Events

Historic Event

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 von Benckendorff, Baltic monarch of Lieven

Famous Deaths

Phillis Wheatley

Dec 5 Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

Samuel Johnson

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

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