December 1818 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 3 Illinois becomes 21st state USA (Admission day)
  • Dec 25 1st known Christmas carol ("Silent Night, Holy Night" - "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht) sung (Austria)
  • Dec 25 Handel's Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 4 William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, Mjr Gen (Confederate Army)
  • Dec 12 Paul Octave Hebert, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 13 Mary Todd Lincoln, American wife of Abraham Lincoln and US First Lady (1861-65), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1882)

First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady of the United States
Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Dec 21 Amalia, wife of king Otto of Greece
  • Dec 21 Lewis H Morgan, American etnologist (Systems of Consanguinity)
  • Dec 23 David Addison Weisiger, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • Dec 24 James Prescott Joule, physicist (discovered conservation of energy)
  • Dec 30 James Cantey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1874)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Bruno Daalberg/Anonymus Belga, sect of High Council Adel, dies at 60