On This Day

What Happened in December 1830

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Dec 5 Hector Berlioz's program symphony "Symphonie fantastique" premieres at the Paris Conservatoire

  • Dec 20 Great Britain, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia recognize Belgium
  • 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)

Emily 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 19 George Aiken, American playwright and actor famous for writing the most popular stage adaptation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1876)
  • Dec 22 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1912)
  • Dec 23 Adam Minchejmer, Polish composer and conductor, born in Warsaw (d. 1904)
  • 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

Simón Bolívar

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

  • Dec 28 Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, Flemish composer, dies at 83