December 1848 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 2 Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria & King of Hungary
  • Dec 5 US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California
  • Dec 25 New Haven Railroad opens
  • Dec 26 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco
  • Dec 26 William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
  • Dec 26 The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • Dec 29 Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk's administration)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 9 Joel Chandler Harris, US journalist (created Uncle Remus stories)
  • Dec 15 Edwin Howland Blashfield, decorated the dome of Library of Congress

Deaths in History

  • Dec 18 Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)
  • Dec 19 Adam FJA van Duyn, governor of South Holland, dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 19 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30