On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1848

Historical Events

Discovery of Gold in California

US President James K. Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California

Famous Birthdays

  • Edwin Blashfield, American painter who decorated the dome of Library of Congress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1936)
1848 Highlights

About December 5, 1848

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 173 years, 8 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Sagittarius