What Happened in December 1791

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, first published
  • Dec 12 Bank of North America opens at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia
  • Dec 15 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania
  • Dec 15 US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval, becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution
  • Dec 17 NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Johann Gottlob Topfer, composer
  • Dec 9 Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner, composer
  • Dec 12 Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoleon (d. 1847)
  • Dec 14 Charles Wolfe, Irish poet (d. 1823)
  • Dec 24 A Eugene Scribe, French dramatist (Bertrand et Raton)

Person of interestCharles Babbage

Dec 26 Charles Babbage, British inventor (calculating machine), born in London, England (d. 1871)

Inventor Charles Babbage
Charles Babbage

Famous Deaths

Person of interestWolfang Amadeus Mozart

Dec 5 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer, dies in Vienna Austria at 35

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart