On This Day

What Happened in December 1787

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 Laurens Pieter van de Speigel is appointed Dutch pension advisor
  • Dec 12 Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution
  • Dec 18 New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the US constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Pavel Ivanovich Dolgorukov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1845)
  • 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)
  • Dec 23 Louise of France, French princess daughter of King Louis XV and Marie LeszczyƄska and Carmelite prioress, dies at 50