What Happened in December 1821

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep) proclaims independence from Spain
  • Dec 17 Kentucky abolishes debtors' prisons
  • Dec 28 Naples: Gioacchini Rossini moves to Bologna

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Rufus Barringer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • Dec 10 Nikolai A Nekrasov, Russian poet, writer and publisher (Russkije Zjenjshiny)
  • Dec 12 Gustave Flaubert, France, novelist (Madame Bovary)
  • Dec 15 Auguste Emmanuel Vaucorbeil, composer
  • Dec 17 Frederick West Lander, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)
  • Dec 19 Mary Ashton Livermore, American reformer/women's suffrage leader
  • Dec 22 Giovanni Bottesini, Italian Romantic composer, conductor and a double bass virtuoso, born in Crema, Lombardy (d. 1889)

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Dec 25 Clara Barton, Oxford Mass, nurse/founder (American Red Cross), (d. 1912)

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  • Dec 27 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, born in Wexford (d. 1896)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 20 Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 29 Jean-Baptiste Dumonceau de Bergendael, S Neth general, dies at 61
  • Dec 30 Angelo Maria Benincori, composer, dies at 42