What Happened in December 1883

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 John Brahms' 3rd Symphony in F premieres
  • Dec 3 48th US Congress (1883-85) convenes
  • Dec 9 New Brunswick adopts Eastern Standard Time (until 1902)
  • Dec 16 Tonkin Campaign: The French capture the citadel in Hanoi
  • Dec 20 Intl cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls
  • Dec 22 August Strindberg's "Lycko-Pers Reja" premieres
  • Dec 26 The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Romanos Hovakimi Melik'yan, composer
  • Dec 3 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricketer and fast bowler (49 wickets for Australia) and member of the 12th Regiment who captured Beersheba in the world's last successful cavalry charge, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1917)
  • Dec 3 Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm) von Webern, Austrian 12-tone composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Dec 4 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian author (d. 1969)
  • Dec 9 Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal/supreme commander
  • Dec 9 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (d. 1950)
  • Dec 10 Andrej J Vysjinski, Russian lawyer/foreign min/UN-ambassador
  • Dec 13 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist (d. 1950)
  • Dec 14 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer
  • Dec 14 Morihei Ueshiba "the founder" founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido
  • Dec 16 Max Linder, Caverne France, actor/comic/director (Max Prend un Bain)
  • Dec 17 Raimu, French actor (d. 1946)
  • Dec 19 Louis Davids, [Simon David], Dutch cabaret performer/chorus performer
  • Dec 19 [Francis] Barry Byrne, architect, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 22 Arthur James Cook, England, union leader (coal miners)
  • Dec 22 Edgard Varèse, French-born composer (d. 1965)
  • Dec 23 Hubert M E Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45)
  • Dec 25 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, born in Mladá Vožice (d. 1962)
  • Dec 25 Maurice Utrillo, France, painter (Port St Martin, Montmartre)
  • Dec 26 Carl Oscar Ahues, Germany, International Chess Master (1950)
  • Dec 26 Frank Debenham, Australian geographer/geologist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 27 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia (d. 1979)

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • Dec 28 Alfred Wolfenstein, German writer (d. 1945)
  • Dec 30 Lester Patrick, NHL pioneer
  • Dec 30 Mary Forbes, Hornsey England, actress (Terror by Night)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 9 Poet Rabindranath Tagore (22) weds Mrinalini Devi in an arranged marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 13 Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (b. 1812)
  • Dec 25 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer, dies at 65