On This Day

What Happened in December 1813

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Prince Willem Frederik accepts constitutional monarchy
  • Dec 5 Lübeck surrenders to allied armies

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 8 Ludwig van Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres in Vienna with Beethoven conducting

  • Dec 18 British take Fort Niagara in War of 1812
  • Dec 26 Zamose, Modlin, Torgau surrenders to allied armies
  • Dec 29 British burn Buffalo, New York during War of 1812
  • Dec 30 Danzig surrenders to allied armies

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Jacob Rosenhaim, Jewish-German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1894)
  • Dec 10 Errico Petrella, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1877)
  • Dec 10 Zachariah Chandler, American merchant and politician (found Republican Party), born in Bedford, New Hampshire (d. 1879)
  • Dec 19 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), born in Belfast (d. 1885)
  • Dec 20 Samuel Jordan Kirkwood, American politician (Gov-Iowa)/US Sect of Interior (1881-82), born in Harford Country, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • Dec 24 Henry Wellington Greatorex, English-American musician, born in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom (d. 1853)
  • Dec 25 Milledge Luke Bonham, (Confederacy) (d. 1890)
  • Dec 29 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1871)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Ferdinando Bertoni, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 19 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)