What Happened in December 1891

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes
  • Dec 7 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session
  • Dec 19 1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore
  • Dec 19 Canadian Rugby Union forms
  • Dec 20 Strongman Louis Cyr withstands pull of 4 horses

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Dec 21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • Dec 29 Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Foppe G Scheltema, Dutch lawyer (wreck laws)
  • Dec 2 Charles H. Wesley, author writer and Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. (d. 1987)
  • Dec 7 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 9 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (d. 1917)

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Dec 10 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (O the Chimneys-Nobel 1966), (d. 1970)

  • Dec 15 A. P. (Alvin) Carter, Virginia, American musician (Carter Family)
  • Dec 17 Robertson Hare, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge), born in London, England
  • Dec 19 Edward Bernard Andre Maria Raczynski, Poland, pres-in-exile (1979-86)
  • Dec 21 John W McCormack, (D) Speaker of House (1962-70)
  • Dec 22 Edward L Bernays, 1st public relations agent, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Dec 23 Alexandr Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer (d. 1956)

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Dec 23 Cy Denneny, Farran's Point Ontario, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Dec 25 Clarrie Grimmett, cricketer (in Dunedin Great Australian leg-spinner)
  • Dec 25 Earle Foxe, Oxford OH, actor (Dance Fools Dance)
  • Dec 25 Kenneth A N Anderson, British general (Dunkerk, North Africa)

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Dec 26 Henry Miller, American author (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus), born in Manhattan, New York, (d. 1980)

Author Henry Miller
Henry Miller
  • Dec 30 Antoine Pinay, French premier (1952)/minister of Foreign affairs

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 JKLSBFXvPSMGRG Pedro II of Alcantara, emp of Brazil (1831-89), dies
  • Dec 11 Johan C J van Schagen, Dutch poet/writer (Narrenwijsheid), dies
  • Dec 17 Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition
  • Dec 17 Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo
  • Dec 23 Holger Simon Paulli, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 28 Alfred Cellier, composer, dies at 47
  • Dec 29 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician, dies at 68