What Happened in December 1885

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna
  • Dec 7 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
  • Dec 17 France declares Madagascar a protectorate
  • Dec 22 Pope Leo XIII proclaims extraordinary jubilee
  • Dec 22 Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Guy de Lioncourt, composer
  • Dec 2 George Minot, US, physician, worked on anemia (Nobel 1934)
  • Dec 3 Marchien Zwitsers, farmer in Lutten (died at 109 years old)
  • Dec 5 Dirk H W Filarski, Dutch painter/lithographer (Bergense School)
  • Dec 6 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (The General)
  • Dec 10 Janos Hammerschlag, composer
  • Dec 10 Mario Varvoglis, composer
  • Dec 19 F S Flint, translator/poet (imagist movement), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (d. 1960)
  • Dec 22 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 23 Pierre Brissaud, French artist (d. 1964)
  • Dec 24 Arthur Dolphin, cricketer (Yorkshire & England keeper, later Test ump)
  • Dec 31 Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1970)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 8 William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1821)
  • Dec 24 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85