On This Day

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

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJohn Singleton Mosby

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

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby
  • 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. 1833)
  • 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, 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