What Happened in December 1833

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational college, opens
  • Dec 4 American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs Rio de la Plata

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 John Singleton Mosby, Powhatan County, Virginia, lawyer/Col (Confederate Army), (d. 1916)

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby
  • Dec 12 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica)
  • Dec 17 James Thadeus Holtzclaw, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1893)
  • Dec 20 Samuel A Mudd, doctor, convicted of giving medical aid to JW Booth
  • Dec 28 Charles Miller Shelley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1907)
  • Dec 29 John James Ingalls, (Rep-Ks)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 10 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 16 Friedrich August Kanne, composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 17 Kaspar Hauser, German son of grand duke Karel of Bathe, murdered at 21