On This Day

What Happened in December 1857

Historical Events

Music Concert

Dec 8 1st production of Dion Boucicault's play "Poor of New York"

  • Dec 16 Earthquake in Naples, Italy

Music Premiere

Dec 29 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Die Hunnenschlacht" premieres in Weimar

Historic Event

Dec 31 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada


Famous Birthdays

Joseph Conrad

Dec 3 Joseph Conrad, Polish novelist (Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness), born in Berdychiv, Poland (d. 1924)

  • Dec 7 Niccolò van Westerhout, Italian composer, born in Mola di Bari, Italy (d. 1898)
  • Dec 15 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, born in Siedlce, Poland (d. 1898)
  • Dec 16 E. E. [Edward Emerson] Barnard, American astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1923)
  • Dec 31 Michael "King" Kelly, American Baseball HOF utility (NL batting champion 1884, 86; NL runs scored 1884–86, Chicago White Sox) and manager (Boston Beaneaters, Reds; Cincinnati KKs), born in Troy, NY (d. 1894)

Famous Weddings

John Singleton Mosby

Dec 30 Confederate army cavalry battalion commander John S. Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor, dies at 80
  • Dec 11 Castil-Blaze [Francois Henri Joseph Blaze], French composer and music critic, dies at 73
  • Dec 17 Francis Beaufort, Irish admiral and hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale), dies at 83