On This Day

Historical Events in December 1849

Historic Event

Dec 6 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the 2nd and final time

Music Premiere

Dec 8 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples

  • Dec 14 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert in Boston
  • Dec 18 William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
  • Dec 21 1st US skating club formed (Philadelphia)

Historic Event

Dec 22 The execution of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky by firing squad is called off at the last second

  • Dec 24 First great fire of early San Francisco starts east side of the Plaza, first of great seven fires in 2 years
  • Dec 28 M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect