What Happened in December 1843

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens
  • Dec 4 Manila paper (made from sails, canvas & rope) patented, Mass
  • Dec 4 Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" premieres in Leipzig
  • Dec 6 Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • Dec 25 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter/etcher

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 11 Robert Koch, German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), born in Clausthal, Hanover (d. 1910)

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Robert Koch
  • Dec 13 George Stephanescu, composer
  • Dec 21 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)
  • Dec 23 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (d. 1924)
  • Dec 24 Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet (d. 1886)
  • Dec 29 Elisabeth of Wied (pen name was Carmen Sylva), queen of Romania and writer (d. 1916)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 10 Author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy (22) weds building contractor George Washington Glover (32) in Tilton, New Hampshire

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Founder
Mary Baker Eddy

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 US Navy flag officer David Farragut (42) weds Virginia Loyall

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 12 Willem I Frederik, King of Netherlands (1814-40), dies at 71
  • Dec 18 Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, British Viceroy of India (b. 1748)