On This Day

What Happened in December 1792

Historical Events


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 5 George Washington re-elected as US President

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Dec 8 1st cremation in US: Henry Laurens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 In Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Dec 15 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Philadelphia)
  • Dec 17 Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
  • Dec 26 Trial of French King Louis XVI, court hears the kings defense brought by Raymond Des├Ęze

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Lobachevsky, mathematician
  • Dec 6 Abraham Jacob van der Aa, Dutch lexicographer (Biographic Dictionary), born in Amsterdam (d. 1857)
  • Dec 6 William II, King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg, born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Dutch Republic (d. 1849)
  • Dec 12 Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1828)
  • Dec 19 [Andries] Hendrik Potgieter, Cape Colony, settled Transvaal
  • Dec 20 Nicolas Charlet, French painter, born in Paris, France (d. 1845)
  • Dec 29 Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet, Scottish historian (History of Europe), born in Shropshire, England (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 15 Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36