December 1849 in History

Events in History


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Dec 6 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the 2nd and final time

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • Dec 18 William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
  • Dec 21 1st US skating club formed (Philadelphia)

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Dec 22 The execution of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky by firing squad is called off at the last second

  • Dec 24 First great fire of early San Francisco starts east side of the Plaza, first of great seven fires in 2 years
  • Dec 28 M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 6 August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • Dec 11 Ellen Key, Swedish theory/author/feminist (Courageous Woman)
  • Dec 19 Henry Clay Frick, Penn, built world's largest coke & steel operation
  • Dec 21 James Lane Allen, American writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
  • Dec 22 Fritz Mauthner, Bohemia, German author/philosopher (skepticism)
  • Dec 28 Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto of Bismarck

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)
  • Dec 12 Marc Isambard Brunel, French-born English engineer (Thames Tunnel, father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel), dies at 80