What Happened in December 1895

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 54th Congress (1895-97) convenes
  • Dec 7 Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies
  • Dec 8 Battle at Amba Alagi: Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II drives Italian General Baratieri out
  • Dec 13 First complete execution of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony
  • Dec 17 Anti-Saloon League of America formed, Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 17 George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass)
  • Dec 28 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris
  • Dec 29 Dr L S Jameson begins failed raid on Johannesburg

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Henry Williamson, English author (d. 1977)
  • Dec 2 Klaas Voskuil, journalist
  • Dec 2 Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)
  • Dec 3 Anna Freud, Austrian/English psychoanalytist/daughter of Sigmund F
  • Dec 4 Nils FA Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag)
  • Dec 4 Fung Yu-lan, Chinese philosopher (d. 1990)
  • Dec 5 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cellist/pianist/composer
  • Dec 5 Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician (d. 1969)
  • Dec 7 Jack Pennick, actor (Lady From Louisiana), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Dec 9 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer (d. 1936)
  • Dec 14 Paul Eluard, French poet (d. 1952)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 14 George VI, King of the United Kingdom (1936-52), born in Norfolk, England (d. 1952)

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Dec 16 Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia
  • Dec 19 Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian author/poet (Loke Saar Havre)
  • Dec 19 Maurice Roelants, Belgian author (Jazz Player)
  • Dec 20 Susanne Langer, American philosopher/educator (Philosophy in a New Key)
  • Dec 21 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen (d. 1949)
  • Dec 24 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (d. 1978)
  • Dec 27 Sig Arno, actor (Holiday in Havana), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Dec 30 August De Boodt, Belgian politician

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Poet Robert Frost (21) weds Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence, Massachusetts


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Chief Gall, Sioux chief (b. 1840)
  • Dec 13 Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (b. 1800)
  • Dec 25 Raul d'Avila Pompeia, Brazilian writer (Boarding-school), dies at 32
  • Dec 30 LP Hartley, British writer, dies