What Happened in December 1836

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 7 Martin Van Buren elected the 8th President of the United States

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • Dec 10 Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia.
  • Dec 14 The Toledo War unofficially ends
  • Dec 15 Patent Office burns in Washington D.C.
  • Dec 17 Colonel William Light chooses the site for the settlement of Adelaide in South Australia
  • Dec 27 Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
  • Dec 28 Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
  • Dec 28 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • Dec 28 The colony of Adelaide, South Australia is formally proclaimed
  • Dec 30 Lehman Theater in St Petersburg catches fire; 100s die

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 13 Franz von Lenbach, German painter (d. 1904)
  • Dec 15 Edmond Picard, French/Belgian lawyer/writer (La forge Roussel)
  • Dec 19 Maria L Sanford, pioneer educator (PTA)
  • Dec 27 Henricus Oort, Dutch theologist (Leidse translation)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Daniel Read, American composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 12 Giuseppe Farinelli, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 26 Hans Georg Nägeli, Swiss composer, dies at 63

Person of interestStephen F. Austin

Dec 27 Stephen Fuller Austin, founder of the US State of Texas, dies at 43

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • Dec 29 Johann Baptist Schenk, composer, dies at 83