December 1860 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 17 Anaheim Township created in Los Angeles County
  • Dec 20 South Carolina secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • Dec 24 Joseph Jefferson's "Rip Van Winkle" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt)
  • Dec 26 Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrates his small force at Ft Sumter

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Dec 28 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn, New York, on her last mission to free slaves, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • Dec 29 The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 7 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1947)
  • Dec 15 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician/phototherapist (Nobel 1903)
  • Dec 20 Dan Leno, English entertainer (d. 1904)
  • Dec 21 Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah)
  • Dec 22 Austin Norman Palmer, American penmanship innovator (d. 1927)
  • Dec 23 Harriet Monroe, poet/editor of Poetry magazine (You & I), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (d. 1921)
  • Dec 31 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (d. 1937)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
  • Dec 7 Konstantin Sergeyevich Aksakov, Russian historian and poet, dies at 43
  • Dec 17 Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (b. 1777)
  • Dec 28 Cornelius Broere, Dutch RC clergyman/poet, dies at 57