On This Day

December 1850 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 16 Ships the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand
  • Dec 20 Hawaiian post office established
  • Dec 27 Hawaiian Fire Department established
  • Dec 28 Rangoon, Burma, destroyed by fire

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 22 Constantin Fahlberg, Russian chemist who discovered Saccharin (artificial sweetener), born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1910)
  • Dec 30 John Milne, British geologist (developed the first modern seismograph), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1913)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 8 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist, dies at 63