What Happened in December 1850

Historical Events

  • Dec 16 Ships the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand
  • Dec 20 Hawaiian post office established
  • Dec 27 Hawaiian Fire Department established
  • Dec 28 Rangoon, Burma, destroyed by fire

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer
  • Dec 9 Emma Abbott, American soprano (d. 1891)
  • Dec 13 G. F. Grace, English cricketer and brother of W. G. Grace)
  • Dec 13 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, born in Gausdal, Norway (d. 1941)
  • Dec 16 Fred Morley, cricketer (legendary Notts & England bowler 1880-83)
  • Dec 21 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), born in Všebořice (d. 1900)
  • Dec 29 Tomás Bretón, Spanish conductor and composer, born in Salamanca, Spain (d. 1923)
  • Dec 30 John Milne, British geologist (developed the first modern seismograph), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1913)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 8 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist, dies at 63