On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1859

Historical Events

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Dion Boucicault's play "Octaroon" premieres in NYC

Actor and Playwright Dion Boucicault
Actor and Playwright
Dion Boucicault

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestJohn Jellicoe

John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet in World War I (Battle of Jutland), born in Southampton, England (d. 1935)

British Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Jellicoe

Famous Deaths

  • Louis Poinsot, French mathematician and instrument maker, dies at 82
1859 Highlights

About December 5, 1859

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 161 years, 10 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Sagittarius