On This Day

What Happened in December 1830

Historical Events

  • Dec 5 Hector Berlioz' "Symphonique Fantastique" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 20 Great Britain, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia recognize Belgium
  • Dec 25 Hector Berlioz's "Symphony Fantastic" premieres
  • Dec 26 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 5 Christina Rossetti, English poet (Winter Rain, Passing Away), born in London, England (d. 1894)
  • Dec 7 Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician (grafostatica), born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1903)

Person of interestEmily Dickinson

Dec 10 Emily Dickinson, American poet (Collected Poems), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1886)

  • Dec 12 Joseph O. Shelby, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • Dec 14 Allen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Howard County, Maryland (d. 1907)
  • Dec 15 Francesco D'Arcais, Italian composer, born in Cagliari, Italy (d. 1890)
  • Dec 16 John Frederick Hartranft, American politician, 17th Governor of Pennsylvania (1873-1879), and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Hanover Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • Dec 17 Jules de Goncourt, French novelist (Germinie), wrote with his brother Edmond de Goncourt, born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • Dec 22 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1912)
  • Dec 23 Adam Minchejmer, composer
  • Dec 31 Isma'il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1863-79), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1895)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 8 H Benjamin Constant, French politician/writer, dies at 63
  • Dec 9 Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy (research work in malacology), dies at 73

Person of interestSimón Bolívar

Dec 17 Simón Bolívar, South American revolutionary and president (Colombia), dies at 47 in Santa Marta, Colombia

Military and Political Leader Simón Bolívar
Military and Political Leader
Simón Bolívar
  • Dec 28 Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, Flemish composer, dies at 83