What Happened in December 1898

Historical Events

  • Dec 10 Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • Dec 10 The first western pilgrims were welcomed at The House of `Abdu'lláh Páshá
  • Dec 12 1st 1st-class game between NSW & Tasmania
  • Dec 18 Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 French Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium

Physicist Marie Curie
Physicist
Marie Curie
  • Dec 24 Herman Heijermans' "Ghetto" premieres in Amsterdam

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan, Hans Brinker), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 2 Indra Lal Roy, Indian pilot (d. 1918)
  • Dec 3 Lev Konstantinovich Knipper, composer
  • Dec 5 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan (d. 1982)
  • Dec 5 Grace Moore, Slabtown, Tennessee, American soprano (One Night of Love)
  • Dec 6 Alfred Eisenstaedt, photo journalist
  • Dec 6 Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, sociologist/economist (Nobel 1974)
  • Dec 6 Herman Shumlin, actor (Watch on the Rhine)
  • Dec 9 Emmett Kelly, Sedan KS, circus clown (Weary Willie)
  • Dec 10 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter
  • Dec 10 Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainian writer (Birth of Hero) [NS]
  • Dec 11 Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish poet (Barfotabarn)
  • Dec 13 Daniel Lazarus, French composer (d. 1964)
  • Dec 14 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1982)
  • Dec 15 Fernando Remacha, composer
  • Dec 18 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist
  • Dec 20 Irene [Marie] Dunne, actress (Show Boat, I Remember Mama), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 21 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar)
  • Dec 22 Lionel Charles Robbins, economist, born in Middlesex, England
  • Dec 22 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, Russian physicist (d. 1974)
  • Dec 24 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 24 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (d. 1959)
  • Dec 25 Theo Swagemakers, Dutch portrait painter
  • Dec 28 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)
  • Dec 28 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)
  • Dec 29 Jeanne Leleu, composer
  • Dec 30 Vincent Lopez, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 13 George Frederick Bristow, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 16 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector, dies at 65
  • Dec 24 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, composer, dies at 41
  • Dec 24 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI (b. 1828)
  • Dec 29 Georg Goltermann, composer, dies at 74