On This Day

Historical Events in December 1860

  • Dec 17 Anaheim Township created in Los Angeles County
  • Dec 20 South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth" and secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • Dec 24 Actor Joseph Jefferson's dramatization of "Rip Van Winkle" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Dec 26 Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (Cornelius Vanderbilt)

  • Dec 26 Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrates his small force at Ft Sumter
  • Dec 26 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

Historic Event

Dec 28 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn, New York, on her last mission to free slaves, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

  • Dec 29 The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched