What Happened in December 1836

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pa

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 7 Martin Van Buren elected 8th president

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • Dec 10 Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia.
  • Dec 14 The Toledo War unofficially ends.
  • Dec 15 Patent Office burns in Wash, DC
  • Dec 27 Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
  • Dec 28 Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
  • Dec 28 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • Dec 30 Lehman Theater in St Petersburg catches fire; 100s die

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 11 Jan Boissevain, Dutch politician/ship owner
  • Dec 13 Franz von Lenbach, German painter (d. 1904)
  • Dec 15 Edmond Picard, French/Belgian lawyer/writer (La forge Roussel)
  • Dec 19 Maria L Sanford, pioneer educator (PTA)
  • Dec 27 Henricus Oort, Dutch theologist (Leidse translation)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Daniel Read, American composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 12 Giuseppe Farinelli, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 26 Hans Georg Nageli, composer, dies at 63

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 27 Stephen Fuller Austin, founder of the US State of Texas, dies at 43

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • Dec 29 Johann Baptist Schenk, composer, dies at 83