On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1864

Historical Events


Book releaseHistoric Publication

James Clerk Maxwell's paper "A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field" is 1st read by the Royal Society in London (published by the Royal Society 1865)

  • Pope Pius IX publishes encyclical Quanta cura ("Syllabus errorum")

Event of interestEvent of Interest

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is finally opened in Bristol, England, 5 years after his death


Famous Deaths

  • George Boole, English mathematician (Boolean algebra), dies at 49
1864 Highlights

About December 8, 1864

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 155 years, 7 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Sagittarius