What Happened in December 1897

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 London becomes the world's first city to host licenced taxicabs.
  • Dec 9 Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.
  • Dec 12 Anti-Jewish violence breaks out in Bucharest, Romania
  • Dec 12 Rudolph Dirks' 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal
  • Dec 12 Belo Horizonte, the first planned city of Brazil, is founded.

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Dec 14 Emilio Aguinaldo signs the Pact of Biak-na-Bato, to end hostilities and dissolve his government, in exchange for amnesty and "$800,000 (Mexican)" as an indemnity

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • Dec 16 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated
  • Dec 27 Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Ottawa Capitals, 15-2
  • Dec 28 Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 30 Province of Zululand annexed to Natal colony
  • Dec 31 Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Manuel A Neat, Curacaos author (Nobleza di Coerazon)
  • Dec 2 Rewi Alley, NZ, writer (Americans in China)
  • Dec 2 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Marshall of the Soviet Union (d. 1982)
  • Dec 3 Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Without My Cloak)
  • Dec 4 Mari Andriessen, Dutch sculptor (Dock Worker)
  • Dec 5 Nunnally Johnson, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1977)
  • Dec 6 John Axel Fernstrom, composer
  • Dec 6 Oscar Walter Cisek, Romanian writer and diplomat, born in Bucharest (d. 1966)
  • Dec 8 Leslie Heward, composer
  • Dec 9 Hermione Gingold, actress (Gigi, Music Man), born in London, England
  • Dec 10 Karl H Waggerl, Austria writer (Power of Love)
  • Dec 13 Drew Pearson, Evanston Ill, newscaster (Drew Pearson)
  • Dec 14 Margaret Chase Smith, (Rep/Sen-R-Maine)
  • Dec 14 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (d. 1977)
  • Dec 16 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)
  • Dec 16 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright (Le Canari et le Cerise)
  • Dec 18 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker
  • Dec 18 Fletcher Henderson, American arranger and composer (d. 1952)
  • Dec 19 Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, France, anti-Semite/nazi collaborator
  • Dec 23 Julien Carette, actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 26 Willie Corsari, [Wilhelmina A Schmidt], Dutch writer
  • Dec 27 Iwan S Konew, Russ marshal/supreme commander pact of Warsaw
  • Dec 29 Hermann Heiss, composer
  • Dec 30 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (d. 1976)
  • Dec 31 Rhys Williams, Wales, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 16 Alphonse Daudet, French writer (Tartarin sur les Alpes), dies at 57
  • Dec 18 Carlo A Alfieri, Italian Member of parliament, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Rev. William Corby, American Catholic priest (b. 1833)
  • Dec 29 William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)