On This Day

What Happened in December 1797

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Francis Kenrick, Irish-American Archbishop of Baltimore (1851-63), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1863)
  • Dec 11 Hiram Paulding, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Cortlandt, New York (d. 1878)
  • Dec 13 Heinrich Heine, German poet and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1856)
  • Dec 17 Joseph Henry, American scientist and pioneer of electromagnetism, born in Albany, New York (d. 1878)
  • Dec 19 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, born in Nové Strašecí, Czechia (d. 1859)
  • Dec 26 Hans Skramstad, Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Toten, Norway (d. 1839)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Oliver Wolcott, American judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, dies at 71
  • Dec 11 Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
  • Dec 22 Giovanni Marco Rutini, Italian composer, dies at 74

John Wilkes

Dec 26 John Wilkes, English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, dies of marasmus at 72