On This Day

What Happened in December 1832

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 French army begins bombing citadel of Antwerp

Historic Event

Dec 18 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin aboard reaches Tierra del Fuego for the first time

  • Dec 23 Dutch troops in Antwerp surrender
  • Dec 24 1st US Negro hospital founded by whites chartered, Savannah, Georgia
  • Dec 24 HMS Beagle anchors in Wigwam Bay at Cape Receiver

Historic Event

Dec 28 John C. Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson)


Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Archibald Gracie III, American army officer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in New York City (d. 1864)
  • Dec 8 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate 1903, born in Kvikne, Norway (d. 1910)
  • Dec 12 Abraham Carel Wertheim, Dutch banker and philanthropist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1897)
  • Dec 14 Daniel H. Reynolds, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Centerburg, Ohio (d. 1902)

Gustave Eiffel

Dec 15 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect who designed and built the Eiffel tower, born in Dijon, France (d. 1923)

  • Dec 19 John Kirk Barry, Scot, Dr/companion to explorer David Livingstone
  • Dec 21 John Henry Ketcham, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Dover Plains, New York (d. 1906)
  • Dec 22 Edward Hatch, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bangor, Maine (d. 1889)
  • Dec 25 Thomas Alfred Smyth, Irish-American Major General (Union Army), born in County Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1865)
  • Dec 27 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and patron of art, born in Moscow (d. 1897)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 22 Ishmail Spicer, American composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 30 Abijah Hammond, owned large portion of Greenwich Village, dies