What Happened in December 1882

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium
  • Dec 6 Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit
  • Dec 10 John Brahms' "Gesang der Parzen" (Song of the Fates) premieres
  • Dec 11 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
  • Dec 11 Victorien Sardous "Fedora" with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris

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Dec 14 Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley

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Dec 22 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 7 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (great NSW & Aussie opening bat 1909-26)
  • Dec 8 Manuel Maria Ponce, Fresnillo Mexico, composer (Estrellita)
  • Dec 9 Joaquín Turina, Seville Spain, composer (Rima)
  • Dec 10 Otto Neurath, Aust/British philosopher (Foundation of Social Sciences)
  • Dec 11 Fiorello La Guardia, (Mayor-R- 1933-45), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 11 Max Born, Germany, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954)
  • Dec 11 Subramanya Bharathy, Indian poet (d. 1921)
  • Dec 12 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theory)
  • Dec 16 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (1st-class runs, the most ever)
  • Dec 16 John Berry Hobbs, England, 1st cricket played knighted (1953)
  • Dec 16 Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner effect)
  • Dec 16 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 19 Walter Braunfels, composer
  • Dec 22 Charles Vildrac, poet/playwright, born in Paris, France
  • Dec 28 Arthur Eddington, England, astrophysicist/cosmologist/mathematician
  • Dec 31 Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)
  • Dec 31 David Cohen, Dutch historian and chairman of the Jewish Council
  • Dec 31 Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1811)
  • Dec 6 A Trollope, writer, dies
  • Dec 6 Alfred Escher, Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)
  • Dec 12 Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer and abolitionist, dies at 59
  • Dec 31 Leon Michel Gambetta, French attorney/premier (1881-82), dies at 44