What Happened in December 1886

Historical Events


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 8 American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • Dec 16 Rift at Dutch Reformed Church over "Doleantie"
  • Dec 22 1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Jack Crawford, cricketer (England all-rounder in 12 Tests 1905-08)
  • Dec 1 Pierre Kemp, Dutch poet (Fugitives & Constants)
  • Dec 1 Rex Stout, American mystery writer (Nero Wolf novels), born in Noblesville, Indiana (d. 1975)
  • Dec 1 Willem E Crown, Antillian writer
  • Dec 3 Manne Siegbahn, Nobel laureate (d. 1978)
  • Dec 5 Pieter J Old, lawyer/minister of Finance/mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 Joyce Kilmer, American poet (Trees), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1918)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 8 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and wife of Frida Kahlo, born in Guanajuato, México (d. 1957)

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera
  • Dec 9 Clarence Birdseye, frozen vegatable king (Birdseye)
  • Dec 10 Victor McLaglen, Tunbridge Wells, England, actor (Informer - Academy Award 1935)
  • Dec 10 William Booth, cricketer (Yorks all-rounder, England before WW I)
  • Dec 12 Owen Moore, County Meath Ireland, actor (She Done Him Wrong)
  • Dec 13 Lambertus J van Apeldoorn, lawyer (martial law)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 18 Ty Cobb, Narrows Georgia, American baseball player, Colo, batted .367, stole 892 bases (Det Tigers)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Dec 20 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer
  • Dec 20 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, California, tennis player (US Open 1909-11)
  • Dec 21 George Norman Peterkin, composer
  • Dec 21 Hermann A J Kees, German Egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology)
  • Dec 23 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Message from the Madhouse)
  • Dec 24 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (d. 1962)
  • Dec 25 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 2 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London

First Lady of the United States Edith Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Edith Roosevelt
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low (26) weds William Mackay Low in Savannah, Georgia

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84
  • Dec 14 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer, dies at 27