What Happened in December 1805

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Napoleon defeats Russians & Austrians at Austerlitz
  • Dec 9 Comet 3D/1805 V1 (Biela) approaches within 0.0366 AUs of Earth
  • Dec 26 France & Austria signs Peace of Pressburg
  • Dec 26 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
  • Dec 31 End of French Republican calendar; France returns to Gregorianism

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Lungtok Gyatso, 9th Dalai Lama, born near Dan Chokhor Monastery (d. 1815)
  • Dec 6 Adolf Reubke, German organ builder, born in Halberstadt, Germany (d. 1875)

Person of interestJean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Dec 6 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician and father of modern magic, born in Blois, France (d. 1861)

  • Dec 10 Johannes Elias Feisser, Dutch theologist and founder of 1st Dutch baptist church, born in Winsum, Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1865)

Person of interestWilliam Lloyd Garrison

Dec 10 William Lloyd Garrison, American abolitionist publisher (The Liberator), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1879)

  • Dec 10 Joseph Škoda, Bohemian physician, born in Pilsen, Kingdom of Bohemia (d. 1881)
  • Dec 12 Henry Wells, American businessman and founder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1878)
  • Dec 21 Thomas Graham, British chemist and father of colloid chemistry (d. 1869)
  • Dec 22 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (d. 1893)

Person of interestJoseph Smith Jr

Dec 23 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Mormon Church, born in Sharon, Vermont (d. 1844)

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • Dec 26 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, composer
  • Dec 28 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
  • Dec 31 Marie-C-S de Flavigny Agoult, [Daniel Stern], French author (Knife)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 10 Friedrich Franz Hurka, composer, dies at 43
  • Dec 23 Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist (b. 1723)
  • Dec 27 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Trois Femmes), dies at 65