December 1851 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 2 French President Charles Louis Bonaparte in a Coup d'etat overthrows the Second Republic establishing himself as Emperor.
  • Dec 4 Pres Louis Napoleon Boaparte's forces crush an attempted coup d'etat in France
  • Dec 9 1st Young Men's Christian Association in North America (Montreal)
  • Dec 22 The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
  • Dec 24 Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes
  • Dec 29 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston Massachusetts.

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 10 Melvil[le Louis K] Dewey, created Dewey Decimal System for libraries
  • Dec 16 Theodoor H de Meester, Dutch premier (1905-08)
  • Dec 18 Graciano Lopez Jaena, Filipino hero, orator and satirist (d. 1896)
  • Dec 21 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • Dec 30 Asa Griggs Candler, developed Coca-Cola

Deaths in History

  • Dec 19 J M William Turner, British painter (Rain, Steam & Speed), dies at 76