What Happened in December 1848

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria & King of Hungary
  • Dec 5 President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California
  • Dec 25 New Haven Railroad opens
  • Dec 26 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to SF
  • Dec 26 William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
  • Dec 26 The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • Dec 29 Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk's administration)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 9 Joel Chandler Harris, US journalist (created Uncle Remus stories)
  • Dec 12 William Vanderbilt, yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup)
  • Dec 15 Edwin Howland Blashfield, decorated the dome of Library of Congress
  • Dec 17 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer
  • Dec 18 Karl Schroder, composer
  • Dec 21 Edward Everett Rice, composer
  • Dec 30 Mary Frances Allitsen, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 18 Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)
  • Dec 19 Adam FJA van Duyn, governor of South Holland, dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 19 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30

Novelist Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë
  • Dec 25 Johann Erik Nordblom, composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 31 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, dies at 69