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 This day in History - December 8
381 Historic Events for December 8
1776

George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ

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1777

Capt Cook leaves Society Islands

Event
1785

Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer, dies at 68

Death
1789

John Fawcett, composer

Birth
1792

1st cremation in US, Henry Laurens

Event
1794

1st issue of Herald of Rutland, VT published

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1795

Jacques Fran‡ois Gallay, composer

Birth
1811

Louis Alexander Balthasar Schindelmeisser, composer

Birth
1813

Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres

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1822

Luther Prentice Bradley, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1910

Birth
1826

Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist

Birth
1828

Robert Bullock, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1905

Birth
1828

Clinton Bowen Fisk, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1890

Birth
1830

H Benjamin Constant, French politician/writer, dies at 63

Death
1831

James Hoban, architect who designed White House, dies

Death
1832

Bj”rnstjerne Bj”rnson, Norway, novelist (Pa Guds Veje, Nobel-1903)

Birth
1846

Hector Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust," premieres

Event
1849

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller," premieres in Naples

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1852

Gustav Freytag's "Die Journalisten," premieres in Breslau

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1854

Pope Pius IX proclaims Immaculate Conception, makes Mary, free of Original Sin

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1857

1st production of Dion Boucicaults "Poor of NY"

Event
1861

Georges M‚liŠs, Paris, magician; 1st to film a fictional story

Birth
1861

Aristide Maillol, France, painter/sculptor (Seated Woman)

Birth
1861

William Crapo Durant, founded General Machine

Birth
1862

Georges Feydeau, French playwright (La Dame de Chez Maxim's)

Birth