On This Day

What Happened in December 1846

Historical Events

  • Dec 5 C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive

Music History

Dec 6 Hector Berlioz's dramatic oratorio "La Damnation de Faust" by Hector Berlioz at the Opéra-Comique, Paris

  • Dec 28 Iowa becomes 29th state of the United States of America

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau, French politician (29th Prime Minister of France), born in Nantes, France (d. 1904)
  • Dec 6 Henryk Jarecki, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1918)
  • Dec 22 Andreas Hallén, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1925)
  • Dec 31 Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, vicar/Dutch anarchist (Right for all)
  • Dec 31 Richard Kleinmichel, German pianist, composer (Manon), and arranger (Wagner operas for piano), born in Posen, Prussian Grand Duchy of Posen (now Poznań, Poland) (d. 1901)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 23 Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent, French naturalist (b. 1780)