What Happened in December 1896

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st certified public accountants receive certificates (NY)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Dec 5 Henrik Ibsen's "Kejsor og Galileer" premieres in Leipzig
  • Dec 6 D T Suzuki found the awakening at Engakuji temple, in Kamakura
  • Dec 8 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Missing 3 Quarter" (BG)
  • Dec 10 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3)
  • Dec 10 Alfred Jarry's "Ubu Roi" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 14 The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa

  • Dec 30 Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5

BattleExecution

Dec 30 Filipino nationalist José Rizal is executed by firing squad in Manila by the Spanish

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Petko Staynov, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 1 Georgy Zhukov, Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, born in Strelkovka, Kaluga (d. 1974)

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • Dec 3 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer
  • Dec 3 John Urzidil, Austria/US writer (Die erbeuteten Frauen)
  • Dec 4 Nikolai S Tichonov, Russian writer (against Pasternak) [NS]
  • Dec 5 (Lady Huxley) Juliette Baillot, author
  • Dec 5 Willem F M Lampe, Dutch ambassador of the Dutch Antilles
  • Dec 6 Arnold Foster, composer
  • Dec 6 George Trafton, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 6 Ira Gershwin, lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm)
  • Dec 7 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer
  • Dec 12 Eslanda Goode, American anthropology, civil rights activist and actor under Paul Robeson, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1965)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 14 James Doolittle, USAF General who conducted the raid on Tokyo in 1942, born in Alameda, California (d. 1993)

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • Dec 15 Carl Ferdinand Cori, US bio-chemist
  • Dec 15 George B Cressey, US geographer (Asia's Lands & Peoples)
  • Dec 15 Margaret Bannerman, Canadian actress (Elopement), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • Dec 15 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor
  • Dec 15 Betty Smith, American author (d. 1972)
  • Dec 19 John Seldon Whale, theologian
  • Dec 21 Carl Romme, Dutch catholic foreman/KVP-min Socialist Business
  • Dec 21 Constantine Rokossovski, Russian marshal/vice-premier of Poland
  • Dec 21 Leroy Robertson, composer
  • Dec 22 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, poet, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Dec 23 Alberto Hemsi, composer
  • Dec 23 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian writer (Der Leopard)
  • Dec 27 Arch Ward, sportswriter (proposed baseball's all-star game)
  • Dec 27 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright
  • Dec 27 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security Board)
  • Dec 27 Louis Bromfield, Mansfield Ohio, writer (Early Autumn, Pulitzer-1926)
  • Dec 28 Roger Huntington Sessions, composer (Black Masks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 29 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican painter/muralist (Lib of Chile)
  • Dec 30 Tom Keene, actor (Our Daily Bread), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 31 Ronald Adam, British actor (Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda, Phantom Shot), born in Herefordshire, England (d. 1958)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 Filipino Nationalist Jose Rizal (35) weds girlfriend Josephine Bracken (20) before his execution in Fort Santiago, Manila

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 8 Earnest Angel, German statistician (Law of Angel), dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 10 Alfred Nobel, Swedish Chemist and founder of the Nobel Prize ceremony on this date, dies at 63

Chemist, Engineer & Innovator Alfred Nobel
Chemist, Engineer & Innovator
Alfred Nobel
  • Dec 15 John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • Dec 27 John Brown, British manufacturer (b. 1816)

BattleExecution

Dec 30 Jose Protacio Rizal, Filipino nationalist and novelist ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') is executed by firing squad at 35

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • Dec 31 Leland Hone, cricketer (scored 7 & 6 in only England Test 1879), dies