What Happened in December 1868

Historical Events


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Dec 1 John D. Rockefeller begins anti oil war

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller

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Dec 2 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli resigns

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli

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Dec 3 1st blacks on US trial jury appointed for Jefferson Davis trial

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Dec 5 1st American bicycle college opens (NY)

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Dec 7 Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
Jesse James
  • Dec 9 1st British government of Gladstone forms
  • Dec 9 The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
  • Dec 15 Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.

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Dec 25 Despite bitter opposition, US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Francis Jammes, French poet/writer (Jammisme)
  • Dec 4 Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter
  • Dec 4 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • Dec 5 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist (d. 1951)
  • Dec 9 Fritz Haber, German phycist-chemist (Nobel 1919)
  • Dec 10 Louis Victor Saar, composer
  • Dec 11 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, composer
  • Dec 14 Richard Batka, composer

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Dec 20 Harvey Firestone, American industrialist and founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company ("where the rubber meets the road"), born in Columbiana, Ohio (d. 1938)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • Dec 22 John Nance Garner, Texas, (VP-D-1933-41)
  • Dec 24 Emanuel Lasker, Germany, world chess champion (1894-21)
  • Dec 25 Eugenie Besserer, Watertown NY, actress (Jazz Singer)
  • Dec 28 Marie van Regteren Altena, Dutch painter (Amsterdam's Joffers)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 August Schleicher, German linguist (b. 1821)
  • Dec 13 Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (b. 1794)
  • Dec 24 Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (b. 1802)
  • Dec 25 Linus Yale, developer of cylinder lock, dies