What Happened in December 1849

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the 2nd and final time

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 8 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Dec 14 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)
  • Dec 18 William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
  • Dec 21 1st US skating club formed (Philadelphia)
  • Dec 22 The execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is called off at the last second.
  • Dec 28 M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • Dec 11 Ellen Key, Swedish theory/author/feminist (Courageous Woman)
  • Dec 19 Henry Clay Frick, Penn, built world's largest coke & steel operation
  • Dec 21 James Lane Allen, US writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
  • Dec 22 Fritz Mauthner, Bohemia, German author/philosopher (skepticism)
  • Dec 26 Samuel E "Sam" van Beem, actor (Fanfan la Tulipe)
  • Dec 28 Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto of Bismarck

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)
  • Dec 14 Conradin Kreutzer, composer, dies at 69