What Happened in December 1878

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st White House telephone installed
  • Dec 3 Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah, Israel
  • Dec 9 Joseph Pulitzer buys St Louis Dispatch for $2,500
  • Dec 12 Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing "St Louis Dispatch"
  • Dec 18 French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanelles, 210 killed
  • Dec 18 John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania.
  • Dec 26 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia
  • Dec 28 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Quod apostolici muneris (socialism)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Arthur B Spingarn, US NAACP-chairman (1940-65)
  • Dec 5 Arrigo Pedrollo, composer
  • Dec 7 Akiko Yosano, Japan, poet (Tangled Hair)
  • Dec 10 Rajaji, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India (d. 1972)
  • Dec 15 Hans Carossa, German writer, born in Tölz, Bavaria (d. 1956)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 18 Joseph Stalin [Josef], Gori, Russian Empire, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-1953), (d. 1953)

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Dec 19 Anton Lajovic, composer
  • Dec 21 Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)
  • Dec 23 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (d. 1972)
  • Dec 25 W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • Dec 25 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • Dec 26 Isaiah Bowman, US, geography/co-founder (Geographical Review)
  • Dec 30 William Aberhart, Canadian politician (d. 1943)
  • Dec 31 Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan author/poet (El Crimen del Otro)
  • Dec 31 Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman (d. 1966)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 4 Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 19 Bayard Taylor, American author and poet (b. 1825)
  • Dec 25 Anna Claypoole Peale, US painter of miniatures, dies
  • Dec 28 Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer, dies at 90