What Happened in December 1880

Historical Events

  • Dec 8 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal, South Africa
  • Dec 16 Transvaal region declares itself as the Republic of South Africa
  • Dec 16 Beginning of the First Boer War between British Empire and Boer South African Republic
  • Dec 20 Battle at Bronker's Spruit, Transvaal: Farmers beat Britten
  • Dec 20 NY's Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as "Great White Way"

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • Dec 5 Alexander Schmuller, Russian/Neth violinist/conductor
  • Dec 10 Fred Immler, German actor (d. 1965)
  • Dec 11 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (d. 1951)
  • Dec 19 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer
  • Dec 24 Johnny Gruelle, Arcola Illinois, American cartoonist, children's book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann (d. 1939)
  • Dec 28 Christian DFL Leipoldt, South african physician/writer/poet
  • Dec 29 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, composer
  • Dec 30 Alfred Einstein, German-American musicologist and nephew of Albert Einstein

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 George Marshall, US Secretary of State (1947-49) who authored the Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Dec 31 Fred Beebe, American baseball player (d. 1957)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Josephine Lang, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 11 Oliver Fisher Winchester, American businessman and politician (b. 1810)
  • Dec 12 Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Justice, dies at 76
  • Dec 22 George Eliot [Mary Anne Evans], English novelist (Adam Bede, Middlemarch), dies on her 61st birthday
  • Dec 25 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1828)
  • Dec 27 Alessandro Nini, composer, dies at 75