What Happened in December 1809

Historical Events

  • Dec 25 Physician Ephraim McDowell performs the first abdominal surgery in the U.S, an ovariotomy to remove a 22 lb ovarian tumor
  • Dec 26 British invasionary troop leaves Vlissingen
  • Dec 30 Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Thomas Alfred Davies, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1899)
  • Dec 6 Stephen Thomas, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • Dec 16 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch attorney/liberal minister of Finance
  • Dec 19 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)
  • Dec 20 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer
  • Dec 22 Benedict Augustin Morel, Fren psychologist (dementia praecox), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 24 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, Indian fighter and army officer, born in Madison County, Kentucky (d. 1868)

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Kit Carson
  • Dec 26 William Nelson Pendleton, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • Dec 29 Albert Pike, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 29 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 16 Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Joséphine by French Senate

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 16 Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (b. 1755)
  • Dec 31 Franz Ignaz Beck, composer, dies at 75