What Happened in December 1835

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 First US mutual fire insurance company issues first policy (Rhode Island)
  • Dec 5 - 10th: Assault on Mexican-held San Antonio by Texan rebels
  • Dec 7 Bavarian Ludwig railway opens - first German steam railway
  • Dec 16 Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC

Historic Event

Dec 19 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin aboard arrives in New Zealand

  • Dec 21 HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Trail of Tears

Dec 29 Treaty of New Echota is signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States


Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Micah Jenkins, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Edisto Island, South Carolina (d. 1864)
  • Dec 4 Samuel Butler, English author (Erewhom, Way of All Flesh), born in Langar, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1902)
  • Dec 6 Rudolf Fittig, German chemist (synthesizing organic compounds), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1910)
  • Dec 7 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, born in Bouzemont, France (d. 1923)
  • Dec 11 Adolf Stoecker, German conservative politician, and reformer who founded the German Christian Social Party, born in Halberstadt, Germany (d. 1909)
  • Dec 12 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1908)
  • Dec 13 Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal bishop and composer (Little Town of Bethlehem), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • Dec 17 Alexander Agassiz, American biologist and geologist, born in Neuch√Ętel, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • Dec 18 George Dashiell Bayard, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Seneca Falls, New York (d. 1862)
  • Dec 18 Lyman Abbott, American theologian and author, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1922)
  • Dec 28 Archibald Geikie, British geologist

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 August von Platen, German poet, dies at 39
  • Dec 13 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (b. 1760)
  • Dec 18 Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 29 Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, French composer, dies at 29