On This Day

December 1797 in History

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Francis Kenrick, Irish-American Archbishop of Baltimore (1851-63), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1863)
  • Dec 11 Hiram Paulding, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Cortlandt, New York (d. 1878)
  • Dec 17 Joseph Henry, American scientist and pioneer of electromagnetism, born in Albany, New York (d. 1878)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Oliver Wolcott, American judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, dies at 71
  • Dec 11 Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
  • Dec 26 John Wilkes, English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, dies at 72