On This Day

What Happened in December 1810

Historical Events

  • Dec 10 English bare-knuckle boxer Tom Cribb beats African-American Tom Molineaux in 33rd of 40 round bout at Copthall Common, England; first interracial boxing match
  • Dec 15 1st Irish magazine in US, "Shamrock" published
  • Dec 22 British frigate HMS Minotaur sinks killing 480

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Joseph Gungl, Austro-Hungarian bandleader and composer of dances and marches, born in Zsámbék, Hungary (d. 1889)
  • Dec 7 Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, born in Neuss, Germany (d. 1882)
  • Dec 7 Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist, born in Eisenstadt, Austria (d. 1894)
  • Dec 11 Alfred de Musset, French writer (Un Caprice, Bettine), born in Paris, France (d. 1857)
  • Dec 13 Clark Mills, American sculptor (Freedom, Armed Liberty) (d. 1883)
  • Dec 21 Ludwig Schuncke, German pianist & composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1834)
  • Dec 24 Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter & illustrator, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1873)
  • Dec 25 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (d. 1892)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Philipp Otto Runge, German Romantic painter, dies at 33
  • Dec 19 Johann Heinrich Egli, Swiss violinist and composer, dies at 68