On This Day

December 1829 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 4 Britain outlaws "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre)
  • Dec 21 1st stone arch railroad bridge in US dedicated, Baltimore

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Green Berry Raum, American lawyer, politician, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Golconda, Illinois (d. 1909)
  • Dec 5 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian politician (7th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), born in Épernay, France (d. 1908)
  • Dec 14 John Mercer Langston, 1st African-American to hold US political office, born in Louisa County, Virginia (d. 1897)
  • Dec 27 James Clay Rice, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Worthington, Massachusetts (d. 1864)