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 4 Chester Greenwood, American inventor (invented earmuffs at 15), born in Farmington, Maine (d. 1937)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 22 Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), born in Lucca, Italy (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