What Happened in December 1842

Historical Events

  • Dec 7 New York Philharmonic's 1st concert
  • Dec 9 Mikhail Glinka's opera "Russlan and Ludmilla" premieres at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Dec 19 US recognizes independence of Hawaii

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Ellen Henrietta Richards, American chemist (Amer Home Economics Association-1st Pres), born in Dunstable, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • Dec 3 Phoebe Hearst, American philanthropist and suffragist, born in Franklin County, Missouri (d. 1919)
  • Dec 3 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist and co-founder (Pillsbury Company), born in Warner, New Hampshire (d. 1899)
  • Dec 7 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist and sociologist (schedelmetingen), born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1916)
  • Dec 9 Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin, Russian activist and anarchist, born in Moscow (d. 1921)
  • Dec 15 Henry Gadsby, English musician and composer, born in Hackney, England (d. 1907)
  • Dec 17 Marius Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician (continous groups)
  • Dec 24 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer and writer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1915)
  • Dec 28 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), born in Verchères (d. 1891)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Philip Spencer, American sailor, 1st US naval officer condemned for mutiny, hanged aboard the USS Somers at 19
  • Dec 5 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Thomas Hamilton, Scottish writer (b. 1789)
  • Dec 25 Bedrich Divis Weber, Bohemian composer and musicologist, dies at 76