On This Day

What Happened in December 1840

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 2 William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestCrazy Horse

Dec 4 Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn), born in Fort Robinson, Nebraska (d. 1877)

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse
  • Dec 7 Hermann Goetz, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1876)
  • Dec 11 Namık Kemal, Turkish poet and author (Fatherland-1872), born in Tekirdağ, Ottoman Empire (d. 1888)
  • Dec 17 C. F. E. Horneman, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1906)
  • Dec 21 Mehmed N Kemal, Turkish journalist (Vatan)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 11 Emperor Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)