On This Day

December 1777 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 2 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4

Historic Event

Dec 8 Captain James Cook leaves Society Islands

  • Dec 16 Articles of Conferation (US 1st constitution) ratified by 1st state Virginia
  • Dec 17 France recognizes independence of British colonies in America
  • Dec 17 George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 18 1st US national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating British General Burgoyne's surrender
  • Dec 19 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the winter
  • Dec 24 Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Henry Doeff, colonialist (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary)
  • Dec 4 Juliette RĂ©camier, French socialite, born in Lyon, Kingdom of France (d. 1849)
  • Dec 14 Juan Nicasio Gallego, Spanish poet and interpreter (El dos the mayo), born in Zamora, Spain (d. 1853)
  • Dec 23 Alexander I, tsar of Russia (1801-25), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1825)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 12 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science), dies at 69
  • Dec 12 Reverend Benjamin Russen, executed at Tyburn England for rape
  • Dec 30 Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50