What Happened in December 1851

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 French President Charles Louis Bonaparte in a Coup d'etat overthrows the Second Republic establishing himself as Emperor.
  • Dec 4 President Louis Napoleon Boaparte's forces crush an attempted coup d'etat in France
  • Dec 9 1st Young Men's Christian Association in North America set up in Montreal
  • Dec 22 The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
  • Dec 24 Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes
  • Dec 29 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 10 Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator (created Dewey Decimal System for libraries), born in Adams Center, New York (d. 1931)
  • Dec 16 Theodoor de Meester, Dutch premier (1905-08), born in Harderwijk, Netherlands (d. 1919)
  • Dec 21 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • Dec 30 Asa Griggs Candler, developed Coca-Cola

Famous Deaths

J. M. W. TurnerJ. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)

Dec 19 English landscape painter (Shipwreck, Rain, Steam & Speed), dies of cholera at 76