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

Bill of Rights

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, German composer, born in Niederroßla (d. 1870)
  • Dec 9 Peter Josef von Lindpaintner, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1856)
  • Dec 12 Marie-Louise of Austria, Duchess of Parma and second wife of Napoleon, born in Hofburg, Vienna, Austria (d. 1847)
  • Dec 14 Charles Wolfe, Irish poet, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1823)
  • Dec 24 Eugène Scribe, French dramatist (Bertrand et Raton), born in Paris, France (d. 1861)

Charles Babbage

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


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Famous Deaths