What Happened in December 1867

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • Dec 4 Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange)
  • Dec 18 Around 49 victims of "Angola Horror" train wreck burn to death in Angola, New York
  • Dec 27 Ontario & Quebec legislatures hold 1st meeting
  • Dec 28 United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
  • Dec 29 1st telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, New York

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 5 Józef Piłsudski, Polish revolutionary and statesman, born in Zułów, Russian Empire (d. 1935)
  • Dec 5 Antti Aarne, Finnish folklorist, born in Pori, Finland (d. 1925)
  • Dec 13 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian explorer and scientist (nominated 7 times for Nobel Prize), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1917)
  • Dec 16 Amy Carmichael, missionary in Dohnavur, India (d. 1951)
  • Dec 18 Antoon van Welie, Dutch painter
  • Dec 20 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer
  • Dec 21 John Winter Thompson, composer
  • Dec 22 Frantisek X Salda, Czech writer/critic
  • Dec 22 Joseph [Maria] Olbrich, Silesia, German architect (Wiener Sezession)
  • Dec 22 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, Germany. Soldier and politician

Person of interestMadam C. J. Walker

Dec 23 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), born in Delta, Louisiana (d. 1919)

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • Dec 24 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian/diplomat
  • Dec 24 Kantaro Suzuki, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1948)
  • Dec 25 Alfred Kerr [Kempner], German-British writer, born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1948)
  • Dec 30 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Giovanni Pacini, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 6 Jean Pierre Flourens, French physician (b. 1794)
  • Dec 7 Rudolf Viole, composer, dies at 42
  • Dec 19 Jean-Georges Kastner, French composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 22 Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician (kinematics), dies at 79