What Happened in December 1852

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Telegraph company opens throughout Netherlands
  • Dec 8 Gustav Freytag's "Die Journalisten" premieres in Breslau
  • Dec 17 1st Hawaiian cavalry organized

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 18 George Hamilton-Gordon becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after the downfall of the Conservative government of Edward Smith-Stanley

British Prime Minister George Hamilton-Gordon
British Prime Minister
George Hamilton-Gordon
British Prime Minister Edward Smith-Stanley
British Prime Minister
Edward Smith-Stanley
  • Dec 23 1st Chinese theater in US, Celestial John, opens in San Francisco
  • Dec 29 Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist (d. 1934)
  • Dec 5 Thomas Linnemann Laub, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 15 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), born in Paris, France (d. 1908)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • Dec 15 Tewfik Pasja, khedive (viceroy) of Egypt
  • Dec 18 Gaetano Coronaro, composer
  • Dec 19 A[lbert] A Michelson, Strelno Prussia, US physicist (Nobel 1907)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 Future US President Rutherford B. Hayes (30) weds teetotaler and abolitionist Lucy Webb (21)

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 16 Andries H Potgieter, South African/Transvaal explorer, dies at 59
  • Dec 16 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer, dies at 80