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December 1823 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 US President James Monroe declares the "Monroe Doctrine" opposing European colonialism in the Americas, arguing any European political intervention in the New World would be a hostile act against the United States

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • Dec 19 Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law in US
  • Dec 23 "Visit from St Nicholas" by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 6 Max Müller, German-born British orientalist, born in Dessau, German Federation (d. 1900)
  • Dec 7 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker), born in Liegnitz, Province of Silesia, Prussia (d. 1891)
  • Dec 21 Jean Henri Fabre, French nautralist & entomologist (insects & spiders), born in Saint-Léons, Aveyron, France
  • Dec 25 Preston Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)

Person of interestMackenzie Bowell

Dec 27 Mackenzie Bowell, 5th Prime Minister of Canada (1894-96), born in Rickinghall, England (d. 1917)

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • Dec 28 Thomas Alexander Scott, American businessman and Assistant Secretary of War (Civil War), born in Peters Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 14 Vincenzo Cuoco, Italian historian (Naples Revolution 1799), dies at 53