On This Day

Events in History in December 1831

  • Dec 1 Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather
  • Dec 5 Former US President John Q Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives
  • Dec 25 Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday

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Dec 27 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board departs England for a survey of South America, a voyage Darwin later said "determined my whole career"

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • Dec 31 Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City