On This Day

What Happened in December 1844

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 RC Society Apostole of Prayer forms

Election of Interest

Dec 4 James Knox Polk elected 11th US President

  • Dec 11 1st dental use of nitrous oxide in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Dec 21 The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
  • Dec 30 Opera "Stradella" after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Alexandra, Danish princess, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1925)
  • Dec 1 Alfred Cellier, British conductor (Glibert and Sullivan) and composer (Dorothy), born in South Hackney, London (d. 1891)
  • Dec 4 Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus, born in Rottweil, Württemberg (d. 1914)
  • Dec 5 Frederick Bridge, English organist and composer, born in Oldbury, Worcestershire (d. 1924)
  • Dec 18 Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano, German economist
  • Dec 22 Izydor Lotto, Polish violinist & composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1927)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician, dies at 76