What Happened in December 1852

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Telegraph company opens throughout Netherlands
  • Dec 8 Gustav Freytag's "Die Journalisten" premieres in Breslau
  • Dec 17 1st Hawaiian cavalry organized

Election of Interest

Dec 18 George Hamilton-Gordon becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after the downfall of the Conservative government of Edward Smith-Stanley

  • Dec 23 1st Chinese theater in US, the Celestial John, opens in San Francisco
  • Dec 29 Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist and honorary member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1920), born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1934)
  • Dec 5 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, born in Langå, Denmark (d. 1927)

Henri Becquerel

Dec 15 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), born in Paris, France (d. 1908)

  • Dec 15 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1892)
  • Dec 17 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, British actor and theatre manager (King John, Trilby), born in Kensington, London (d. 1917)
  • Dec 18 Gaetano Coronaro, Italian conductor, pedagogue, and composer (La Creola), born in Vicenza, Austrian Empire (now Italy) (d. 1908)
  • Dec 19 A[lbert] A Michelson, Strelno Prussia, US physicist (Nobel 1907)

Famous Weddings

Rutherford B. Hayes

Dec 30 Future US President Rutherford B. Hayes (30) weds teetotaler and abolitionist Lucy Webb (21)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 16 Andries H Potgieter, South African/Transvaal explorer, dies at 59
  • Dec 16 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer, dies at 80