On This Day

What Happened in December 1840

Historical Events

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

Election of Interest

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

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

Crazy Horse

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

  • 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 Kōkaku of Japan (1780-1817), dies at 69