What Happened in December 1860

Historical Events

  • Dec 17 Anaheim Township created in Los Angeles County
  • Dec 20 South Carolina secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • Dec 24 Joseph Jefferson's "Rip Van Winkle" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt)
  • Dec 26 Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrated his small force at Ft Sumter
  • Dec 26 The first ever inter-club football match takes place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England.

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Dec 28 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
  • Dec 29 The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 C T Studd, cricketer (brother of G B, five Tests for England)
  • Dec 7 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1947)
  • Dec 13 Lucien Guitry, French actor (d. 1925)
  • Dec 15 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Denmark, physician/phototherapist (Nobel 1903)
  • Dec 15 Abner Powell, American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • Dec 18 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US, composer (Indian Suite)
  • Dec 20 Dan Leno, English entertainer (d. 1904)
  • Dec 21 Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah)
  • Dec 22 Austin Norman Palmer, American penmanship innovator (d. 1927)
  • Dec 23 Harriet Monroe, poet/editor of Poetry magazine (You & I), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (d. 1921)
  • Dec 28 Alexander von Fielitz, composer
  • Dec 31 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
  • Dec 7 Constantine S Aksakov, Russian historian/poet, dies at 43
  • Dec 17 Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (b. 1777)
  • Dec 28 Cornelius Broere, Dutch RC clergyman/poet, dies at 57