Historical Events in December 1872

  • Dec 4 The ship the Mary Celeste discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Dec 7 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½ year world oceanographic cruise
  • Dec 11 1st black US govenor took office, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (La)
  • Dec 26 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18")