On This Day

December 1809 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 25 Physician Ephraim McDowell performs the first abdominal surgery in the U.S, an ovariotomy to remove a 22 lb ovarian tumor
  • Dec 26 British invasionary troop leaves Vlissingen
  • Dec 30 Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Thomas Alfred Davies, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Black Lake, New York (d. 1899)
  • Dec 6 Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • Dec 16 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch attorney/liberal minister of Finance
  • Dec 19 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)

Kit Carson

Dec 24 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, Indian fighter and army officer, born in Madison County, Kentucky (d. 1868)

  • Dec 26 William Nelson Pendleton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1883)
  • Dec 29 Albert Pike, US attorney, soldier, writer, and freemason (Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)

William Gladstone

Dec 29 William Ewart Gladstone, British statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)


Divorces in History

Napoléon Bonaparte

Dec 16 Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Joséphine by French Senate

Deaths in History

  • Dec 16 Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (b. 1755)
  • Dec 22 William Cooper, American judge and developer (founded Cooperstown, New York), dies at 55