What Happened in December 1818

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Illinois becomes 21st state USA (Admission day)
  • Dec 24 Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria
  • Dec 25 1st known Christmas carol ("Silent Night, Holy Night" - "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht) sung (Austria)
  • Dec 25 Handel's Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, Mjr Gen (Confederate Army)
  • Dec 12 Paul Octave Hebert, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 13 Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln and First Lady (1861-65)

First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady of the United States
Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Dec 21 Amalia, wife of king Otto of Greece
  • Dec 21 Lewis H Morgan, US, etnologist (Systems of Consanguinity)
  • Dec 23 David Addison Weisiger, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • Dec 24 James Prescott Joule, physicist (discovered conservation of energy)
  • Dec 30 James Cantey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1874)
  • Dec 31 Maria J Small-Gartmann, actress

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Bruno Daalberg/Anonymus Belga, sect of High Council Adel, dies at 60
  • Dec 31 Jean-Pierre Duport, composer, dies at 77