On This Day

What Happened in December 1793

Historical Events

Historic Event

Dec 9 Noah Webster establishes New York's 1st daily newspaper, the "American Minerva"

  • Dec 14 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Kentucky, to Cincinnati
  • Dec 18 Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck

Historic Event

Dec 23 Thomas Jefferson warns of slave revolts in the West Indies

  • Dec 26 Battle of Geisberg: French defeat Austrians.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 11 Pietro Antonio Coppola, Italian composer, born in Enna, Italy (d. 1877)
  • Dec 15 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • Dec 26 Franz Hünten, German pianist and composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1819)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 26 The wedding of Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes place.

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Marie Jeanne Becu, Comtesse du Barry, last mistress of Louis XV, beheaded at 50
  • Dec 7 Joseph Bara, French revolutionary (b. 1780)
  • Dec 9 Yolande de Polastron, Duchess de Polignac, French aristocrat, dies at 44
  • Dec 13 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 20 Joseph Legros, French singer and composer who was the most prominent haute-contres of his generation, dies at 54
  • Dec 23 Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer (Antonio e Cleopatra), dies at 74
  • Dec 23 Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (b. 1697)
  • Dec 28 Louis earl of Bylandt, Dutch admiral, dies at about 75