On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1859

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Dion Boucicault's "Octaroon" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJohn Rushworth 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 Rushworth Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Rushworth Jellicoe

Famous Deaths

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