What Happened in December 1853

Historical Events

  • Dec 30 A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon (ornithopod dinosaur) created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Haraprasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature (d. 1931)
  • Dec 9 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, pitcher (60-12 in 1884), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 13 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao, musician/composer/screenwriter
  • Dec 14 Salvador Diaz Miron, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas)
  • Dec 15 Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies
  • Dec 17 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, England, actor/theater manager (Trilby)
  • Dec 17 Émile Roux, French physician (d. 1933)
  • Dec 19 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1942)
  • Dec 21 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter)
  • Dec 22 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor
  • Dec 22 Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1919)
  • Dec 26 René Bazin, French novelist (d. 1932)
  • Dec 30 Andre-Charles-Prosper Messager, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer, dies at 80