December 1861 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 9 Battle of Bird Creek, Indian Terr (High Shoal, Chusto-Talasah)
  • Dec 9 American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress.
  • Dec 13 Battle of Alleghany Summit, WV
  • Dec 19 Battle of Black Water (American Civil War)
  • Dec 20 Battle of Dranesville, VA
  • Dec 30 US banks stops payments in gold
  • Dec 31 22,990mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in India in 1861, a world record

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24)
  • Dec 8 Aristide Maillol, France, painter/sculptor (Seated Woman)
  • Dec 8 William C. Durant, American industry pioneer, founded General Motors, Frigidaire, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • Dec 15 Charles Edgar Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)
  • Dec 16 Antonio de La Gandara, French painter (d. 1917)
  • Dec 19 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, born in Brighton England
  • Dec 19 Italo Svevo, Trieste Austria, Italian novelist (La Coscienza di Zeno)
  • Dec 20 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)
  • Dec 22 Erich Schaeder, German theologist (Theocentric Theology)
  • Dec 25 Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian founder of Banaras Hindu University (d. 1946)
  • Dec 26 Friedrich Engel, German mathematician (group theory)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 14 Albert, Prince consort of England and husband of Queen Victoria, dies at 42
  • Dec 14 George HG earl of Aberdeen, Engl Minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 76
  • Dec 26 Philip St George Cocke, Confederate brig-gen, commits suicide at 52