What Happened in December 1872

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 Ship the Mary Celeste is discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Dec 7 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½ year world oceanographic cruise
  • Dec 11 1st black US govenor took office, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (La)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Phileas Fogg completes his round the world trip in 80 days, in Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days"

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • Dec 26 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18")

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 5 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player
  • Dec 6 Mikulas Moyzes, composer
  • Dec 7 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens)
  • Dec 8 John Cowper Powys, English writer (Wolf Solent) and critic, Born in Shirley, Derbyshire (d. 1963)
  • Dec 10 Johann Babtist Thaller, composer
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves)
  • Dec 16 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
  • Dec 20 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer
  • Dec 21 Albert P Terhune, US, novelist (Lad, a Dog)
  • Dec 21 Sidney Ainsworth, British actor (d. 1922)
  • Dec 22 Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist (d. 1961)
  • Dec 26 Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 28 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), born in San Sebastián, Basque Country (d. 1956)

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja
  • Dec 30 William A Larned, tennis champ (US Open-1901)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 8 Religious leader Brigham Young (71) weds his fifty-fifth wife Hannah Tapfield in Salt Lake City, Utah

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 11 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (b. 1830)
  • Dec 12 Willem A Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician, dies at 72
  • Dec 13 Helena Beeloo, a maid, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 13 W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 24 William John Macquorn Rankine, British physician and engenier (b. 1820)
  • Dec 28 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • Dec 31 Aleksis Kivi, [Stenvall], Finnish writer/poet (Kanervala), dies at 38