On This Day

What Happened in December 1823

Historical Events

Historic Event

Dec 2 US President James Monroe declares the "Monroe Doctrine" opposing European colonialism in the Americas, arguing any European political intervention in the New World would be a hostile act against the United States

Music History

Dec 13 Gioachino Rossini arrives in London

  • Dec 19 Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law in US

Theater Premiere

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

  • 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 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German organist and composer, born in Hamburg, 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)
  • 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, German bassoonist, 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, German pianist and composer, dies at 68