Historical Events in December 1831

  • Dec 1 Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather
  • Dec 5 Former US President John Q Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives
  • Dec 10 "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing (weekly horse racing sheet)
  • Dec 25 Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
  • Dec 26 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan

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Dec 27 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board, departs England for a survey of South America

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • Dec 31 Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.