What Happened in December 1894

Historical Events

  • Dec 5 Georges Feydeaus' "L'hôtel du libre échange" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 9 Roman Catholics win Parliamentary election in Belgium
  • Dec 14 Day One 1st Test Cricket Aus v Eng Aust 5-346 (Giffen 161, Gregory 85)
  • Dec 14 Test Cricket debut of Joe Darling, Ernie Jones, Archie MacLaren
  • Dec 15 Cricket day 2 1st T Aus v Eng Aus 586 (Gregory 201) England 3-130
  • Dec 17 Cricket day 3 1T Australia v Engand; England 325 all out, 261 behind on 1st innings
  • Dec 18 Cricket day 4 1T Aus v Eng England following on 4-268, 7 in front
  • Dec 19 Cricket day 5 1T Aus v Eng Eng 437 all out, Aus need 177 are 2-113
  • Dec 20 England beat Australia by 10 runs in the 1st six-day Test Cricket, Australia needed 177 to win, all out at 166 on 6th day

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Dec 21 Mackenzie Bowell becomes the 5th Prime Minister of Canada

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • Dec 22 -23] Dutch coast hit by hurricane

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Dec 22 Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • Dec 22 United States Golf Association forms (NYC)
  • Dec 22 French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martialed for treason, triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism (Dreyfus later vindicated)
  • Dec 24 Scheveningse fishing boats destroyed by storm
  • Dec 24 Soccer team Achilles '94 forms in Axes
  • Dec 25 1st midwestern football team to play on west coast, University of Chicago defeats Stanford 24-4 at Palo Alto, CA in football

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Warren William, [Krech], Aitkin MN, actor (Caesar in Cleopatra)
  • Dec 5 Charles Robberts, Winburg district of the Orange Free State, The first State President of South Africa
  • Dec 7 Stuart Davis, US painter
  • Dec 8 James (Grover) Thurber, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Dec 8 E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (d. 1938)
  • Dec 9 Eddie Dowling, Woonsocket RI, actor (Anywhere USA)
  • Dec 10 Earnest Haenchen, German new testament expert
  • Dec 10 Gertrud Kolmar, writer
  • Dec 10 Paul Dessau, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1979)
  • Dec 14 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, composer
  • Dec 17 Arthur Fiedler, conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 17 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer
  • Dec 17 Hans [Henry] Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist (quantum mechanics)
  • Dec 17 Willem Schermerhorn, Neth premier (1945-46)
  • Dec 17 David Butler, director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 19 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner (1951-65)
  • Dec 19 Paul Dessau, Hamburg Germany, composer/conducter (Berlin, 1925-33)
  • Dec 19 Yoshida Isoya, architect (modern sukiya style), born in Tokyo, Japan

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Dec 20 Robert Menzies, Jeparit, Victoria, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • Dec 23 Arthur Gilligan, cricketer (England captain in 1920's)
  • Dec 24 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot
  • Dec 26 Antonio Molina, composer
  • Dec 26 Jean Toomer, American writer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 28 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgian WW I pilot (Eagle of Flanders)
  • Dec 28 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 31 Ernest John Moeran, British composer
  • Dec 31 Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish/US actress (Madame Dubarry)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 HM Jozef Schadde, Flem architect (Antwerp Stock exchange), dies at 76

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Dec 3 Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, dies at 45

  • Dec 7 Ferdinand de Lesseps, French engineer/diplomat/earl, dies at 89
  • Dec 8 Willem JF Nuyens, Dutch physician/RC historian, dies at 71
  • Dec 8 Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)

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Dec 12 Sir John Thompson, fourth Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a sudden heart attack at 49

4th Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson
4th Prime Minister of Canada
John Thompson
  • Dec 13 Sarah Parker Remond, US/Italian abolitionist, dies at 68
  • Dec 29 Christina Rossetti, English poet, dies at 64 in London
  • Dec 30 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragist (Bloomers named for her), dies at 76
  • Dec 31 Thomas J Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes-integral), dies at 38