On This Day

December 1835 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 3 First US mutual fire insurance company issues first policy (Rhode Island)
  • Dec 5 - 10th: Assault on Mexican-held San Antonio by Texan rebels
  • Dec 7 Bavarian Ludwig railway opens - first German steam railway
  • Dec 16 Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin aboard arrives in New Zealand

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • Dec 21 HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands, New Zealand

USATrail of Tears

Dec 29 Treaty of New Echota is signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States

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The Trail of Tears, painting by Robert Lindneux, 1942
The Trail of Tears, painting by Robert Lindneux, 1942
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  • Dec 30 Georgia gold rush forces the Cherokees to move across the Mississippi River

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Micah Jenkins, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Dec 4 Samuel Butler, English author (Erewhom, Way of All Flesh), born in Langar, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1902)
  • Dec 6 Rudolf Fittig, German chemist (synthesizing organic compounds), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1910)
  • Dec 11 Adolf Stoecker, German conservative politician, and reformer who founded the German Christian Social Party, born in Halberstadt, Germany (d. 1909)
  • Dec 17 Alexander Agassiz, American biologist and geologist, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • Dec 18 George Dashiell Bayard, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Seneca Falls, New York (d. 1862)
  • Dec 18 Lyman Abbott, American author (d. 1922)
  • Dec 28 Archibald Geikie, British geologist

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 August von Platen, German poet, dies at 39
  • Dec 13 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (b. 1760)