On This Day

December 1847 in History

Events in History

Historic Publication

Dec 3 Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper "North Star"

Appointment of Interest

Dec 5 Jefferson Davis is appointed to fill vacant US Senate seat for Mississippi

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 7 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, born in Focşani, Moldavia (d. 1915)
  • Dec 17 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
  • Dec 30 John Peter Altgeld, German-American politician (Governor of Illinois, 1893-97), known for pardoning of Haymarket anarchists, born in Selters, Duchy of Nassau (now Germany) (d. 1902)

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

  • Dec 11 Moritz von Strachwitz, German poet, dies at 25
  • Dec 17 Marie-Louise of Austria, Duchess of Parma and second wife of Napoleon, dies at 56