On This Day

What Happened in December 1823

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine", a US foreign policy regarding Latin America

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • Dec 13 Gioacchino Rossini arrives in London
  • Dec 19 Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law in US

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Dec 20 Play "Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus" by Helmina von Chézy with incidental music by Franz Schubert premieres in Vienna

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert
  • Dec 23 "Visit from St Nicholas" by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Ernest Reyer, French opera composer, born in Marseilles, France (d. 1909)
  • Dec 6 Max Müller, German-born British orientalist, born in Dessau, German Federation (d. 1900)
  • Dec 7 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker), born in Liegnitz, Province of Silesia, Prussia (d. 1891)
  • Dec 10 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, born in Neukirchen, Germany (d. 1903)
  • Dec 10 Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1912)
  • Dec 15 Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German composer, born in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (d. 1896)
  • Dec 21 Jean Henri Fabre, French nautralist & entomologist (insects & spiders), born in Saint-Léons, Aveyron, France
  • Dec 23 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, Romanian composer, born in Iaşi, Romania (d. 1898)
  • Dec 25 Preston Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)

Person of interestMackenzie Bowell

Dec 27 Mackenzie Bowell, 5th Prime Minister of Canada (1894-96), born in Rickinghall, England (d. 1917)

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • Dec 28 Thomas Alexander Scott, American businessman and Assistant Secretary of War (Civil War), born in Peters Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Joseph Pouteau, French composer and organist, dies at 84
  • Dec 7 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Vincenzo Cuoco, Italian historian (Naples Revolution 1799), dies at 53
  • Dec 19 Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel, Alsatian composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Philipp Christoph Kayser, composer, dies at 68