On This Day

What Happened in December 1811

Historical Events

  • Dec 16 Earthquake hits New Madrid, Missouri, causing widespread damage
  • Dec 26 A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (considered Father of the Canadian Confederation), born in Rivière-Ouelle, Lower Canada (d. 1885)
  • Dec 8 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1864)
  • Dec 18 Alexander Sandor Asboth, Hungarian-American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Keszthely, Hungary (d. 1868)
  • Dec 25 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German politician/bishop of Mainz

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 7 Ignaz Spangler, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 8 Eliza Poe, English-American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Po, dies of tuberculosis at 23 or 24
  • Dec 17 John Antes, American composer and missionary, dies at 71
  • Dec 17 Louis Abel Beffroy de Reigny, French dramatist and composer, dies at 54