On This Day

What Happened in December 1796

Historical Events

  • Dec 18 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 9 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, born in Verneuil, Eure, France (d. 1869)
  • Dec 17 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (The Clockmaker; or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville), born in Windsor, Canada (d. 1865)
  • Dec 19 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Quel Spain, poet/comic playwright
  • Dec 27 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (d. 1869)
  • Dec 29 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1877)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestAnthony Wayne

Dec 15 Anthony Wayne, American Military Leader (Legion of the United States), dies of gout at 51

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne
  • Dec 30 Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French composer, dies at 45