On This Day

What Happened in December 1860

Historical Events

  • Dec 17 Anaheim Township created in Los Angeles County
  • Dec 18 South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
  • Dec 20 South Carolina secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • Dec 24 Joseph Jefferson's "Rip Van Winkle" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt)
  • Dec 26 Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrates his small force at Ft Sumter
  • Dec 26 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

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Dec 28 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn, New York, on her last mission to free slaves, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • Dec 29 The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Charles Studd, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; Middlesex) and missionary (Cambridge Seven), born in Spratton, England (d. 1931)
  • Dec 7 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia, born in Silverdale, Staffordshire, England (d. 1947)
  • Dec 13 Lucien Guitry, French actor (La Dame aux camélias), born in Paris, France (d. 1925)
  • Dec 15 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician and phototherapist (Nobel 1903), born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (d. 1904)
  • Dec 15 Abner Powell, American baseball player, born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • Dec 18 Edward Alexander MacDowell, American composer (Indian Suite), born in New York (d. 1908)
  • Dec 20 Dan Leno [George Wild Galvin], English comedian & stage actor, born in Somers Town, London (d. 1904)
  • Dec 21 Henrietta Szold, U.S. Jewish Zionist leader & founder of Hadassah, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1945)
  • Dec 22 Austin Norman Palmer, American penmanship innovator, born in Fort Jackson, New York (d. 1927)
  • Dec 23 Harriet Monroe, poet/editor of Poetry magazine (You & I), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (d. 1921)
  • Dec 28 Alexander von Fielitz, composer
  • Dec 31 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist, born in Pennsylvania, United States (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
  • Dec 7 Konstantin Sergeyevich Aksakov, Russian historian and poet, dies at 43
  • Dec 17 Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (1818-44), dies at 83
  • Dec 28 Cornelis Broere, Dutch Roman Catholic priest and poet, dies at 57