What Happened in December 1857

Historical Events

  • Dec 8 1st production of Dion Boucicault's "Poor of New York"
  • Dec 16 Earthquake in Naples, Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 Franz Liszt's "Die Hunnenschlacht" premieres in Weimar

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 3 Joseph Conrad, Polish novelist (Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness), born in Berdychiv, Poland (d. 1924)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad
  • Dec 7 Nicola van Westerhout, composer
  • Dec 15 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, composer
  • Dec 16 Edward Emerson Barnard, Tenn, astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite)
  • Dec 22 George [Robert] Gissing, English novelist
  • Dec 31 King Kelly, American baseball player (d. 1894)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 Confederate army cavalry battalion commander John S. Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor, dies at 80
  • Dec 11 Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer, dies at 73