On This Day

Historical Events in December 1783

  • Dec 1 Jacques Charles and Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris
  • Dec 4 General Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC
  • Dec 9 First execution at Newgate Jail in London (now the site of the Central Criminal Court aka the Old Bailey), relocated from Tyburn (now the site of Marble Arch)

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Dec 18 British King George III dismisses Duke of Portland's government

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Dec 19 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister at age 24

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Dec 23 US General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress

  • Dec 31 Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern US states