On This Day

December 1779 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 23 Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold
US General and Turncoat
Benedict Arnold
  • Dec 31 British fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 12 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, born in Joigny, Burgundy, France (d. 1865)
  • Dec 19 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, engraver, born in Paris, France

Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter, dies at 80
  • Dec 8 Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • Dec 23 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724)