On This Day

December 1799 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 10 Metric system first adopted in France

Historic Event

Dec 18 George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

Historic Event

Dec 24 Jacobin plot against Napoleon uncovered

  • Dec 26 George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as "1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen"

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 12 Karl Briullov, Russian painter, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1852)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 Joseph Black, Scottish chemist and physicist known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat and carbon dioxide, dies at 71

George Washington

Dec 14 George Washington, American Founding Father, military leader who commanded Continental Army during War for Independence, first President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 67

  • Dec 18 Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician, dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, dies at 76