On This Day

What Happened in December 1825

Historical Events

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Dec 6 US President John Adams suggests establishment of a national observatory

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • Dec 26 Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins [O.S. 14 December]

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Pedro II van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89), born in Palace of São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil (d. 1891)
  • Dec 4 Hynek Vojáček, Czech composer, born in Zlín, Empire of Austria (d. 1916)
  • Dec 16 Henry Heth, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • Dec 16 Robert Prescott Stewart, Irish composer, organist, conductor, and teacher, born in Dublin (d. 1894)
  • Dec 18 Charles Griffin, American Major General (Union Army), born in Granville, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • Dec 19 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip Van Winkle), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1898)
  • Dec 20 Romeyn Beck Ayres, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Manheim, New York (d. 1888)
  • Dec 27 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director ( Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), born in Mittweida, Saxony, Germany (d. 1902)
  • Dec 31 Francis Trowbridge Sherman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Newtown, Connecticut (d. 1905)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Tsar Alexander I of Russia (b. 1777). Reigned from 1801
  • Dec 29 Giuseppe Maria Gioacchino Cambini, composer, dies
  • Dec 29 Jacques-Louis David, French Neoclassical painter (Death of Marat), dies at 77
  • Dec 30 Peter Grønland, Danish composer, dies at 64