On This Day

What Happened in December 1795

Historical Events

  • Dec 19 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Rowland Hill, English inventor who introduced 1st adhesive postage stamp (1840), born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England (d. 1879)

Thomas Carlyle

Dec 4 Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist and historian (The French Revolution), born in Ecclefechan, Scotland (d. 1881)

  • Dec 8 Jacques-François Gallay, French horn player and composer, born in Perpignan, France (d. 1864)
  • Dec 8 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish-German astronomer (Hansen hypothesis), born in Tønder, Schleswig, Denmark (d. 1874)

Leopold von Ranke

Dec 21 Leopold von Ranke, German historian who founded the modern concept of source-based history, born in Wiehe, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1886)

  • Dec 22 Thomas Ainsworth, English founder of Nijverdal & industrialist (Twentse textile), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1841)
  • Dec 23 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer (Atlas Universel)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 23 Henry Clinton, British army officer and politician, dies at 65
  • Dec 28 Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)