What Happened in December 1887

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "Study in Scarlet"
  • Dec 1 Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal's control of Macao
  • Dec 2 Amsterdam's Oscar CarrĂ©s Circus Theater opens
  • Dec 2 French president Grevy (80) resigns
  • Dec 5 Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
  • Dec 10 Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign Balkan military treaty
  • Dec 17 Georges Feydeau's "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 19 Jake Kilrain & Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw
  • Dec 27 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (BG)
  • Dec 28 Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Naruhiko, Prince Higashikuni of Japan (d. 1990)
  • Dec 6 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • Dec 6 Lynn Fontanne, Woodford England, Bdwy actress (Dulcy, Arms & the Man)
  • Dec 7 Ernst Toch, composer (Melodie Lehre), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Dec 8 Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer
  • Dec 9 Tim Moore, American actor and vaudevillian, born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • Dec 12 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer
  • Dec 13 George Polya, Hungarian-born mathematician (d. 1985)
  • Dec 15 Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of the Dutch Tribe)
  • Dec 17 Josef Lada, Czech painter (d. 1957)
  • Dec 17 Hermine Reuss, Empress of Germany and Duchess of Bohemia (d. 1947)
  • Dec 22 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (d. 1920)
  • Dec 23 Eric Blore, actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad), born in London, England
  • Dec 23 John Cromwell, actor/director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Dec 24 Louis Jouvet, Crozon France, actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise)
  • Dec 25 Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)
  • Dec 25 Jacobus W G Balfoort, Dutch actor (Bulldog Drummond)
  • Dec 25 John Davidson, American actor (Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 26 Arthur Ernest Percival, British Army officer (d. 1966)
  • Dec 28 Charles Dingle, actor (The Little Foxes), born in Wabash, Indiana (d. 1956)
  • Dec 29 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, composer
  • Dec 30 Henry George Ley, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 78
  • Dec 5 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (b. 1804)
  • Dec 9 Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader
  • Dec 26 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer, dies at 40