Historical Events in December 1848

Historic Event

Dec 2 Franz Joseph I becomes Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia

Discovery of Gold in California

Dec 5 US President James K. Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California

  • Dec 25 New Haven Railroad opens
  • Dec 25 William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia, arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; later move to Boston where they become abolitionists [1]
  • Dec 26 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco
  • Dec 26 The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • Dec 29 Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk's administration)