What Happened in December 1858

Historical Events

  • Dec 12 1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent)
  • Dec 16 Dutch government decides to vacate Schokland Island
  • Dec 18 Passy, at Paris: 1st "Samedi soir" i/d villa of lovers Rossini

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Billy Gunn, cricketer (Notts & England batsman in 11 Tests 1886-99)
  • Dec 11 Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Russian theatre director (d. 1943)
  • Dec 13 Jakab Gyula Major, composer
  • Dec 20 Jean/Johannes T "Jan" Toorop, Dutch painter/graphic artist (3 Brides)

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Dec 22 Giacomo Puccini, Lucca Italy opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), (d. 1924)

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • Dec 23 Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, playwright (Life in Russian Theater)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 9 Robert Baldwin, Canadian politician (b. 1804)
  • Dec 12 Jacques Viger, antiquarian and archeologist, first mayor of Montreal (b. 1787)
  • Dec 16 Richard Bright, British Dr (Bright's disease/nephritis), dies at 69
  • Dec 18 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer, dies at 73