On This Day

What Happened in December 1787

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 Laurens Pieter van de Speigel is appointed Dutch pension advisor

USAConstitution of the United States

Dec 7 Delaware is the 1st state to ratify the US constitution
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Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
  • Dec 12 Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution
  • Dec 18 New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify US constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer
  • Dec 9 John Dobson, English architect, born in High Chirton, North Shields, England (d. 1865)
  • Dec 10 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American pioneer of educating the deaf, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1851)
  • Dec 14 Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia, born in Monza, Duchy of Milan (d. 1816)
  • Dec 15 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor and Shakespearean critic, born in Enfield, Middlesex, England (d. 1877)
  • Dec 16 Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
  • Dec 28 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 18 Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)