On This Day

December 1788 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 17 Russian army of Grigory Potemkin occupies Ocharov
  • Dec 19 Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam
  • Dec 21 Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
  • Dec 23 Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 29 Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Danish antiquarian (named the stone/iron/bronze ages), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1865)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 Jonathan Shipley, British bishop and politician (b. 1714)
  • Dec 14 Carlos III, King of Spain (1759-88) & King of Naples and Sicily (1734-59), dies at 72
  • Dec 22 Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
  • Dec 30 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter and etcher, dies at 86