On This Day

December 1843 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 4 Manila paper (made from sails, canvas and rope) patented in Massachusetts
  • Dec 6 Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens
  • Dec 17 Henry Cole, founder of London's V&A Museum, commissions printing of the 1st Christmas card

Historic Publication

Dec 19 "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold

  • Dec 25 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 6 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter and etcher, born in Ghent, belgium (d. 1900)

Robert Koch

Dec 11 Robert Koch, German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), born in Clausthal, Hanover (d. 1910)

  • Dec 21 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet, born in Clones, County Monaghan (d. 1898)
  • Dec 23 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (d. 1924)
  • Dec 24 Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet, born in Vändra, Estonia (d. 1886)
  • Dec 29 Elisabeth of Wied [pseudonym Carmen Sylva], Queen consort of Romania and poet, born in Neuwied, Germany (d. 1916)

Weddings in History

Mary Baker Eddy

Dec 10 Author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy (22) weds building contractor George Washington Glover (32) in Tilton, New Hampshire

David Farragut

Dec 26 US Navy flag officer David Farragut (42) weds Virginia Loyall


Deaths in History

  • Dec 12 Willem I Frederik, King of Netherlands (1814-40), dies at 71
  • Dec 14 John Claudius Loudon, Scottish horticulturist, dies at 60
  • Dec 18 Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, British Viceroy of India (b. 1748)