On This Day

What Happened in December 1798

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt
  • Dec 5 Dutch troops occupy Hasselt
  • Dec 14 David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine
  • Dec 17 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (William Blount, Tennessee) begins
  • Dec 24 Russia & Britain sign Second anti-French Coalition

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Jules Armand Dufaure, French statesman (Prime Minister of France 1871-73), born in Saujon, France (d. 1881)
  • Dec 24 Adam Mickiewicz, Polish national poet (Pan Tadeusz), born in Zavosse, Belarus (d. 1855)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist and physicist, dies at 61
  • Dec 9 Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (naturalist on James Cook's second Pacific voyage), dies at 69
  • Dec 16 Thomas Pennant, Welsh naturalist, dies at 72
  • Dec 19 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Moniteur Universel), dies at 62
  • Dec 20 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector, dies at 72