On This Day

December 1847 in History

Events in History


Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 5 Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis

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/US (Gov-Ill)/pardoned Haymarket-anarchists

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell (24) weds Harriet Moore

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell

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