On This Day

What Happened in December 1806

Historical Events

Theater Premiere

Dec 29 Thomas Dibdin's pantomime "Harlequin and Mother Goose" starring Joseph Grimaldi, in his most famous clown performance, opens at the Covent Garden Theatre, London

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Henry A. Wise, American lawyer and politician (33rd Governor of Virginia), born in Drummondtown, Virginia (d. 1876)
  • Dec 6 Gilbert Duprez, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1896)
  • Dec 9 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote, born in Lachine, Canada (d. 1838)
  • Dec 12 Stand Watie, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Calhoun, Georgia (d. 1871)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 14 John Breckinridge, American lawyer (5th United States Attorney General) & politician (U.S. Senator from Kentucky), dies at 46
  • Dec 22 William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)