What Happened in December 1838

Historical Events

  • Dec 16 Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa
  • Dec 16 Battle of Blood River: Zulu impis defeated by Voortrekkers in South Africa (Great Trek)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Cleveland Abbe, US, meteorologist (Father of Weather Bureau)
  • Dec 3 Octavia Hill, British reformer, leader of open-space movement
  • Dec 4 Melesio Morales, composer
  • Dec 11 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG)
  • Dec 11 Whitney Eugene Thayer, composer
  • Dec 12 Sherburne W Burnham, US, astronomer (binary stars)
  • Dec 13 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, composer
  • Dec 17 Berthold Tours, composer
  • Dec 20 Edwin Abbott Abbott, English schoolmaster, theologian, and author (d. 1926)
  • Dec 31 Emile Loubet, premier/president of France (1892, 1899-1906)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 14 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (b. 1806)