On This Day

Historical Events in December 1859

Murder of Interest

Dec 2 Abolitionist John Brown hanged for murder, treason, and conspiring slaves to revolt at Charles Town, Virginia

Theater Premiere

Dec 5 Dion Boucicault's play "Octaroon" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 15 GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of the Sun
  • Dec 19 Grading started for Market Street RR in San Francisco
  • Dec 31 Dutch colony in Dutch Indies counts 4,800 slaves