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
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 John S. Mosby, Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, born in Powhatan County, Virginia (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