On This Day

What Happened in December 1866

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed
  • Dec 11 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
  • Dec 21 Fetterman Massacre: Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians kill all 81 US Army soldiers in the worst military disaster ever suffered by the U.S. Army on the Great Plains

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Harry Burleigh, African American composer (Springarn Medal), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • Dec 4 Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French abstract painter (Dreamy Inspiration), born in Moscow (d. 1944)
  • Dec 12 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), born in Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France (d. 1919)
  • Dec 14 Roger Fry, English artist and art critic, born in St Pancras, London, England (d. 1934)
  • Dec 22 Mieczyslaw Surzynski, Polish organ virtuoso and composer (1904 Organ Concerto), born in Środa,Poland (d. 1924)
  • Dec 28 Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian and diplomat (d. 1935)
  • Dec 29 Joseph Limburg, Dutch lawyer & politician, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1940)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 George Everest, Welsh surveyor and namesake of Mt. Everest, dies at 76
  • Dec 3 Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 26 Samuel Ryan Curtis, Union general-major, dies at 49