What Happened in December 1829

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 Britain outlaws "suttee" in India, a Hindu practice where a widow burns herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre
  • Dec 21 1st stone arch railroad bridge in US dedicated, Baltimore

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Green Berry Raum, American lawyer, politician, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Golconda, Illinois (d. 1909)
  • Dec 5 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian politician (7th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), born in Épernay, France (d. 1908)
  • Dec 14 John Mercer Langston, 1st African-American to hold US political office, born in Louisa County, Virginia (d. 1897)
  • Dec 24 Benjamin Ipavec, Slovene Romantic composer, born in Šentjur, Slovenia (d. 1909)
  • Dec 24 José Rogel, Spanish composer, born in Orihuela, Spain (d. 1901)
  • Dec 25 Patrick Gilmore, Irish-born American bandmaster and composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home), born in Ballygar, Ireland (d. 1892)
  • Dec 27 James Clay Rice, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Worthington, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
Born in 1829

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 7 Johann Christoph Kienlen, German composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 14 Luigi Marchesi, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 17 Bernard Jumentier, French composer, primarily of sacred music, dies at 80

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829)

Dec 18 French naturalist (Lamarckian evolution), dies at 85