What Happened in December 1847

Historical Events

Historic Publication

Dec 3 Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper "North Star"

Appointment of Interest

Dec 5 Jefferson Davis is appointed to fill vacant US Senate seat for Mississippi


Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Norwegian pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Holmestrand, Norway (d. 1907)
  • Dec 2 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), born in Caton, New York (d. 1939)
  • Dec 7 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, born in Focşani, Moldavia (d. 1915)
  • Dec 9 George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • Dec 16 Augusta Holmes, Irish-French pianist and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1903)
  • Dec 17 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
  • Dec 30 John Peter Altgeld, German-American politician (Governor of Illinois, 1893-97), known for pardoning of Haymarket anarchists, born in Selters, Duchy of Nassau (now Germany) (d. 1902)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 11 Moritz von Strachwitz, German poet, dies at 25
  • Dec 17 Marie-Louise of Austria, Duchess of Parma and second wife of Napoleon, dies at 56
  • Dec 29 William Crotch, British child prodigy organist, composer (Palestine Oratorio), and educator (Royal Academy), dies at 72