On This Day

December 1855 in History

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist and ornithologist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1942)
  • Dec 10 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), born in West Harling, Norfolk, England (d. 1956)
  • Dec 27 Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist
  • Dec 30 Heinrich Hart, German writer (Song of Humanity)
  • Dec 31 Giovanni Pascoli, Italian classicist & poet, born in San Mauro Pascoli, Italy (d. 1912)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist, dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Jacques Charles Fran├žois Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  • Dec 18 Samuel Rogers, English poet (Italy, a poem), dies at 92