What Happened in December 1867

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • Dec 4 Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange).
  • Dec 18 Around 49 victims of "Angola Horror" train wreck burn to death (Angola, NY)
  • Dec 27 Ontario & Quebec legislatures hold 1st meeting
  • Dec 28 United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
  • Dec 29 1st telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, NY

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 5 Józef Piłsudski, Polish revolutionary and statesman (d. 1935)
  • Dec 5 Antti Aarne, Finnish folklorist (d. February 2, 1925)
  • Dec 13 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian explorer and scientist (d. 1917)
  • Dec 16 Amy Carmichael, missionary in Dohnavur, India (d. 1951)
  • Dec 18 Antoon van Welie, Dutch painter
  • Dec 20 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer
  • Dec 21 John Winter Thompson, composer
  • Dec 22 Frantisek X Salda, Czech writer/critic
  • Dec 22 Joseph [Maria] Olbrich, Silesia, German architect (Wiener Sezession)
  • Dec 22 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, Germany. Soldier and politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 23 Madame C. J. Walker, Louisiana, cosmetic mogul (Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), (d. 1919)

Cosmetics Mogul Madame C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madame C. J. Walker
  • Dec 23 Sarah Breedlove, Delta Louisiana, (Madam C. J. Walker), daughter of slaves & 1st US female self-made millionaire (hair straightner)
  • Dec 24 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian/diplomat
  • Dec 24 Kantaro Suzuki, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1948)
  • Dec 25 Alfred Kerr [Kempner], German-British writer, born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1948)
  • Dec 30 Simon Guggenheim, philanthropist (died aboard Titanic)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Giovanni Pacini, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 6 Jean Pierre Flourens, French physician (b. 1794)
  • Dec 7 Rudolf Viole, composer, dies at 42
  • Dec 19 Jean-Georges Kastner, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 22 Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician (kinematics), dies at 79