On This Day

What Happened in December 1808

Historical Events

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 7 James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
US Vice President George Clinton
US Vice President
George Clinton

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 22 Beethoven's Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Choral Fantasy and Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring the composer as soloist) premiere at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horatius), born in Paris (d. 1886)
  • Dec 6 Johan Michiel Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future), born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1869)
  • Dec 6 Johann Christian Gebauer, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1884)
  • Dec 7 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1865-69, 1884-85), born in Kennebunk, Maine (d. 1895)
  • Dec 20 Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1887)
  • Dec 23 Thomas Turner, American Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • Dec 25 Stephen Cleeg Rowan, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • Dec 26 Albert Grisar, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1869)

Person of interestAndrew Johnson

Dec 29 Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1875)

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • Dec 29 Gy├Ârg Apponyi, Hungarian politician, born in Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1899)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Anton Fischer, composer, dies at 30
  • Dec 10 James Sullivan, 7th Governor of Massachusetts (1807-08), dies at 64