What Happened in December 1833

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational college, opens
  • Dec 4 American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia

Music Premiere

Dec 26 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres at La Scala Teatro in Milan, Italy


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Famous Birthdays

John Singleton Mosby

Dec 6 John S. Mosby, Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, born in Powhatan County, Virginia (d. 1916)

  • Dec 12 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), born in Trossingen, Germany (d. 1902)
  • Dec 17 James T. Holtzclaw, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in McDonough, Georgia (d. 1893)
  • Dec 20 Samuel Mudd, American physician (imprisoned for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth), born in Charles Country, Maryland (d. 1883)
  • Dec 28 Charles Miller Shelley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1907)
  • Dec 29 John James Ingalls, US politician (Rep-Ks), born in Middleton, Massachusetts (d. 1900)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 10 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 16 Friedrich August Kanne, Austrian-German composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 17 Kaspar Hauser, German son of grand duke Karel of Bathe (who claimed to have grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell), murdered at 21