What Happened in December 1893

Historical Events

  • Dec 5 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges
  • Dec 11 11 fishing ships wash up at Wadden Sea, 22 killed
  • Dec 15 Dvoráks "From the New World" premieres at Carnegie Hall NYC
  • Dec 16 Anton Dvorak's "New World Symphony" premieres
  • Dec 17 Russia ratifies Double Alliance with France
  • Dec 20 1st state anti-lynching statute approved, in Georgia
  • Dec 23 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" is produced (Weimar)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 24 Henry Ford completes his first useful petrol / gasoline fuelled engine

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Dec 28 French lieutenant Boiteux annexes Tumbuktu
  • Dec 30 Russia signs military accord with France

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Ernst Toller, German playwright, President of Bavarian Soviet Republic (1919), born in Samotschin (d. 1939)
  • Dec 1 Herman Griffith, cricketer (pioneering WI pace bowler)
  • Dec 2 Julius Bissier, German painter
  • Dec 2 Louis Freeman, band leader
  • Dec 2 William Gaxton, actor (Destry, Convoy), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 2 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer (Bio in Sonata Form), born in Kremenchuk, Russia (d. 2002) (birth date uncertain)
  • Dec 6 Lou Little, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1960)
  • Dec 10 Walter Rein, German composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1955)
  • Dec 12 Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], Romania, actor (10 Commandments)
  • Dec 13 Curt Jurgens, actor (Enemy Below, Longest Day), born in Munich. Germany
  • Dec 16 Vladimir Golschmann, conductor with Immortal Downbeat, born in Paris, France
  • Dec 17 Erwin Piscator, German stage director (Der Stellvertreter)
  • Dec 23 Ann O'Neal, Missouri, actress (Nana-Professional Father)
  • Dec 24 Carl Brisson, Copenhagen Denmark, actor (Murder at the Vanities)
  • Dec 24 Ruth Chatterton, US actress (Madame X, Sarah & Son)
  • Dec 25 Bert Bertram, actor (How to Steal a Million)
  • Dec 25 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 26 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer
  • Dec 26 Yury Nikolayevich Tyulin, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 26 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), born in Shaoshan, Hunan (d. 1976)

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Dec 31 J M Blankenberg, cricketer (60 wkts in 18 Tests for South Africa)
  • Dec 31 Max Lamberty, Flemish sociologist/author (Flemish Resurrection)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Eduard Franck, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 4 Allan Wilson, British/Rhodesian Major, dies in battle against the Ndebeles during First Matabele War
  • Dec 4 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, dies at 73
  • Dec 9 George Elvey, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 14 Karolina Pawlowa, writer, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Levinus T Keuchenius, Dutch min of Colonies (1888-90), dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Benedikt Randhartinger, composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 22 Johann Czerski, German chaplain, dies at 80
  • Dec 30 Samuel White Baker, English explorer, dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Jacob G de Scheffer, Dutch vicar/theologist, dies at 74