On This Day

What Happened in December 1819

Historical Events

  • Dec 14 Alabama admitted to Union as 22nd state
  • Dec 17 Congress of Angostura establishes Colombia's independence from Spain

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 13 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, born in Frome, Somerset (d. 1900)
  • Dec 16 Robert Selden Garnett, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1861)
  • Dec 17 Samuel Jones, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Powhatan County, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • Dec 18 Yakov Petrovich Polonsky, Russian Romantic poet (Stichotvorenija), born in Ryazan, Russia (d. 1898)
  • Dec 19 James Clifford Veatch, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Elizabeth, Indiana (d. 1895)
  • Dec 20 John Geary, American lawyer & politician (1st SF postmaster; 1st mayor), born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
  • Dec 22 Franz Abt, German composer & choir conductor, born in Eilenburg, Germany (d. 1885)
  • Dec 22 Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1892)
  • Dec 23 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (d. 1889)
  • Dec 26 E. D. E. N. Southworth, American novelist (d. 1899)
  • Dec 30 John White Geary, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
  • Dec 30 Theodor Fontane, German writer (Effi Briest)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg, German poet, lawyer and translator, dies at 69
  • Dec 9 Ann C Coleman, fiancee of President Buchanan, commits suicide
  • Dec 19 Thomas Fremantle, British naval officer, dies at 54
  • Dec 20 Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis, French composer, dies at 50