What Happened in December 1869

Historical Events

  • Dec 8 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome
  • Dec 8 Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.
  • Dec 9 Noble Order of Knights of Labor founded, Philadelphia
  • Dec 10 Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)
  • Dec 10 The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • Dec 18 Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club plays its 1st game
  • Dec 28 William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum
  • Dec 30 Philadelphia Knights of Labor forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Eligiusz Niewiadomski, Polish assassin of Gabriel Narutowicz (d. 1923)
  • Dec 2 Jonas Cohn, German/English philosopher (Theory of the Dialects)
  • Dec 5 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (d. 1937)
  • Dec 16 Albert F Pollard, British historian (Dict of natural biography)
  • Dec 16 Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
  • Dec 17 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer
  • Dec 19 Eduard Hermann, Coburg Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, German linguist (Homer)
  • Dec 20 Charley Grapewin, Xenia OH, actor (Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady)
  • Dec 22 Edwin Arlington Robinson, US, poet (Richard Corey)
  • Dec 22 Dmitri Egorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1931)
  • Dec 24 Henriette GA Roland Holst-van der Schalk, Dutch poet (Women in Forest)
  • Dec 26 Harry Redman, composer
  • Dec 29 Bill Howell, cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century)
  • Dec 30 Adolphe Max, Belgian Rep (Lib)
  • Dec 30 Stephen Leacock, Canada, economist/humorist/professor

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Dec 31 Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambr├ęsis, Nord, impressionist painter (Odalisque), (d. 1954)

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/author (People's Welfare), dies at 54
  • Dec 18 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer, dies at 40
  • Dec 24 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, US Secretary of War (1861-65), dies at 55
  • Dec 26 Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille, French physiologist (b. 1797)