What Happened in December 1847

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper "North Star"

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 5 Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Agathe Grondahl, composer
  • Dec 7 James Deacon White, Canton NY, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi)
  • Dec 7 Solomon Schechter, US Talmudic scholar/Jewish leader
  • Dec 9 George Grossmith, English actor/writer (d. 1912)
  • Dec 16 Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer
  • Dec 17 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
  • Dec 30 John Peter Altgeld, German/US (Gov-Ill)/pardoned Haymarket-anarchists

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell (24) weds Harriet Moore

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 11 Moritz Grave von Strachwitz, German poet, dies at 25
  • Dec 17 Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoleon (b. 1791)
  • Dec 29 William Crotch, composer, dies at 72