On This Day

Events in History in December 1849

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Dec 6 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the 2nd and final time

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
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Harriet Tubman
  • Dec 18 William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
  • Dec 21 1st US skating club formed (Philadelphia)

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Dec 22 The execution of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky by firing squad is called off at the last second

  • Dec 24 First great fire of early San Francisco starts east side of the Plaza, first of great seven fires in 2 years
  • Dec 28 M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect