On This Day

What Happened in December 1803

Historical Events

  • Dec 20 French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to USA, purchased for $15M

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Augustus Zerega diZerega, Martinique, ship owner (Red Z Lane)
  • Dec 5 Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet and statesman, born in Bryansk, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1873)
  • Dec 7 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Saxony (d. 1829)

Hector Berlioz

Dec 11 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphonie fantastique), born in La Côte-Saint-André, France (d. 1869)

  • Dec 18 William Allen, American politician (Rep, Governor of Ohio 1874-76), born in Edenton, North Carolina (d. 1879)
  • Dec 22 Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, American Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • Dec 27 John ACA van Nispen Sevenaer, Member of Dutch 2nd parliament (1848-75)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 18 Johann G. von Herder, German philosopher, theologist and poet, dies at 59