What Happened in December 1889

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 Stanley's expedition reaches Bagamoyo in Indian Ocean
  • Dec 7 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 US President William Harrison visits opening of Chicago Auditorium

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • Dec 13 Belgium rules on women/child labor law
  • Dec 14 American Academy of Political & Social Science organized, Phila
  • Dec 19 Bishop Museum founded in Hawaii
  • Dec 24 Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Buck Jones, [Charles F Gebhart], US actor (War Horse)
  • Dec 4 Isabel Randolph, IL, actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Our Miss Brooks)
  • Dec 7 Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer
  • Dec 8 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse)
  • Dec 9 John P "Hannes" Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912)
  • Dec 10 Ray Collins, actor (Homecoming, Good Sam, Rose Marie), born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 11 Paul Kornfeld, Czech playwright, born in Prague (d. 1942)
  • Dec 11 Walter Knott, American farmer (d. 1981)
  • Dec 12 Vaclav Stepan, composer
  • Dec 13 Clarence Loomis, composer
  • Dec 20 Bozidar Sirola, composer
  • Dec 21 Sewall Wright, American biologist (d. 1988)
  • Dec 22 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanon, playwright
  • Dec 22 Minor Watson, Marianna AR, actor (Woman of the Year, Viva Cisco Kid)
  • Dec 24 Vladimir Sokoloff, Moscow Russia, actor (Road to Morocco)
  • Dec 28 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
  • Dec 30 Georg von der Vring, German painter/writer (Soldier Suhren)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Baltasar Saldoni, composer, dies at 82

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 Jefferson Davis, President of Confederate States of America (1861-65), dies at 81

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Dec 6 Joseph H "Jozef" Neuhuys, painter, dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright, dies at 50

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 12 Robert Browning, English poet (Ring & Book), dies at 77

  • Dec 12 Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)
  • Dec 15 Ferdinand II A F A, King of Portugal, dies at 73
  • Dec 21 Joseph B Lightfoot, English theologist/bishop of Durham, dies at 61
  • Dec 21 Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (b. 1809)
  • Dec 24 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (b. 1819)
  • Dec 31 Ion Creanga, Romanian (fairy tales) author, dies at 52