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 for $27M

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)

Person of interestHector Berlioz

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

Composer Hector Berlioz
Composer
Hector Berlioz
  • Dec 18 William Allen, (Rep/Gov-Oh)
  • 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