Historical Events in December 1831

  • Dec 1 Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather
  • Dec 5 Former US President John Q Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives
  • Dec 10 "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing in New York City, the premier sports journal of the 19th century
  • Dec 25 Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
  • Dec 26 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan

Darwin Discovers The Secrets of Life

Dec 27 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board departs England for a survey of South America, a voyage Darwin later said "determined my whole career"

  • Dec 31 Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City