On This Day

What Happened in December 1806

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Henry Alexander Wise, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (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 22 William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)