On This Day

What Happened in December 1799

Historical Events

  • Dec 10 Metric system first adopted in France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 18 George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 24 Jacobin plot against Napoleon uncovered

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Dec 26 George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as "1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen"

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 12 Karl Briullov, Russian painter, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1852)
  • Dec 31 Thomas Taglichsbeck, German violinist & composer, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Robert Kimmerling, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 6 Joseph Black, Scottish chemist and physicist known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat and carbon dioxide, dies at 71

Person of interestGeorge Washington

Dec 14 George Washington, first President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 66

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Dec 18 Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician, dies at 74
  • Dec 20 David Traugott Nicolai, German composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, dies at 76