What Happened in December 1849

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the 2nd and final time

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 8 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Dec 14 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)
  • Dec 18 William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
  • Dec 21 1st US skating club formed (Philadelphia)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 The execution of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky by firing squad is called off at the last second

  • Dec 24 First great fire of early San Francisco starts east side of the Plaza, first of great seven fires in 2 years
  • Dec 28 M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • Dec 11 Ellen Key, Swedish theory/author/feminist (Courageous Woman)
  • Dec 19 Henry Clay Frick, Penn, built world's largest coke & steel operation
  • Dec 21 James Lane Allen, American writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
  • Dec 22 Fritz Mauthner, Bohemia, German author/philosopher (skepticism)
  • Dec 26 Samuel "Sam" van Beem, Flemish actor (Fanfan la Tulipe), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • Dec 28 Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto of Bismarck

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)
  • Dec 14 Conradin Kreutzer, composer, dies at 69