What Happened in December 1855

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 5 Clinton Hart Merriam, American ornithologist (d. 1942)
  • Dec 10 Marios Varvoglis, Greek Composer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 10 Henry Nicholas Ridley, West Harling Hall, Norfolk, U.K., Botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry)
  • Dec 11 Julian Edwards, composer
  • Dec 23 Alan Gray, British composer (Trinity College), born in York (d. 1935)
  • Dec 25 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884
  • Dec 26 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, born in Ratibor, Province of Silesia (d. 1933)
  • Dec 27 Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist
  • Dec 30 Heinrich Hart, German writer (Song of Humanity)
  • Dec 31 Giovanni Pascoli, Italian classicist/poet

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist, dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Jacques Charles Fran├žois Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)