On This Day

December 1857 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria

Birthdays in History


Person of interestJoseph Conrad

Dec 3 Joseph Conrad, Polish novelist (Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness), born in Berdychiv, Poland (d. 1924)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad
  • Dec 16 E. E. [Edward Emerson] Barnard, American astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1923)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 30 Confederate army cavalry battalion commander John S. Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby

Deaths in History

  • Dec 3 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor, dies at 80
  • Dec 17 Francis Beaufort, Irish admiral and hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale), dies at 83