What Happened in December 1900

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Exiled South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger visits Flanders and on the same day is declined a visit from the German Kaiser
  • Dec 1 Portifiro Diaz is inaugurated for his 6th consecutive term as President of Mexico
  • Dec 2 Exiled South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger arrives in Germany, though the Kaiser refuses the meet him
  • Dec 7 Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body radiation.
  • Dec 9 President Paul Kruger of South Africa's Transvaal & Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands have a triumphant procession
  • Dec 12 National Negro Anthem, "Lift Every Voice & Sing", composed
  • Dec 13 Battle of Nooitgedacht: Boer generals De La Reyand Smuts defeat a British brigade under the command of Major General R. Clements
  • Dec 14 Birth of Quantum Physics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.
  • Dec 14 France and Italy sign a secret agreement by which Italy recognizes France's right to exploit Morocco in return for France's conceding her the same right in Tripoli
  • Dec 16 Boer army under gen Kritzinger take Cape colony
  • Dec 16 A National Civic Federation is formed in the US to arbitrate labor disputes
  • Dec 17 1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy
  • Dec 17 New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million
  • Dec 17 Pope Leo XIII closes the 'Holy Door' of St Peter's in Rome, ending the Jubilee Year of 1900
  • Dec 18 The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.
  • Dec 19 Kitchener offers protections to all Boers who will surrender and asks the Dutch community of Pretoria to convey this offer, leaders in the field refuse to surrender
  • Dec 20 Giacobini discovers a comet (will be 1st comet visited by spacecraft)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Michael Kramer" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Dec 23 As American forces defeat the Filipino insurgents and impose civil authority, some Filipinos form a Federal Party with a platform recognizing US sovereignty
  • Dec 24 Herman Heijermans' "Hope of Blessing" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Dec 24 The French Chamber of Deputies and Senate pass a bill calling for an end to agitation or prosecutions against those involved in the Dreyfus affair, which has divided France since 1894
  • Dec 24 Foreign powers present the Chinese Empress with their list of 'irrevocable conditions' before their nations will withdraw troops from China
  • Dec 25 Arthur Schnitzler's "Leutnant Gustl" forbidden in Germany
  • Dec 27 Carrie Nation's 1st public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita KS)
  • Dec 29 General Viljoen surprise attack British garrison to Helvetia

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Lester Matthews, Nottingham England, (Sir Dennis-Adv of Fu Manchu)
  • Dec 3 Richard Kuhn, Austria, biochemist, worked with vitamins (Nobel 1938)
  • Dec 3 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (d. 2004)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 Agnes Moorehead, Clinton, Massachusetts, American actress (Endora-Bewitched)

  • Dec 8 Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (d. 1990)
  • Dec 9 Albert Weisbord, American labor organizer (d. 1977)
  • Dec 12 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer (d. 1988)
  • Dec 13 Jonel Perlea, composer
  • Dec 13 Norman Foster, Richmond IN, actor (Skyscraper Souls)
  • Dec 14 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, composer
  • Dec 15 Francesco Messina, sculptor
  • Dec 16 Victor S Pritchett, literary critic/author (Myth Makers)
  • Dec 17 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslavia, composer/conductor
  • Dec 17 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (d. 1998)
  • Dec 17 Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (d. 1973)
  • Dec 20 Gabby Harnett, (NL MVP 1935)
  • Dec 21 Oda Schaefer, German author/poet (Die Windharfe, Ladies Only)
  • Dec 21 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1951)
  • Dec 22 Alan Dudley Bush, composer pianist/teacher
  • Dec 23 Otto Soglow, American comics artist (d. 1975)
  • Dec 24 Joey Smallwood, Canadian politician, Premier of Newfoundland (d. 1991)
  • Dec 25 Barton Maclane, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Dec 25 Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • Dec 25 W L "Tich" Cornford, cricketer (Sussex keeper played for England 1930)
  • Dec 27 Hans Stuck, German race car driver (d. 1978)
  • Dec 29 Willie Humphrey, jazz Clarinetist

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 8 Henry Russell, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 14 Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies, dies at 46
  • Dec 21 Roger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1847)
  • Dec 27 William Armstrong, of Cragside, British inventor and industrialist ( hydraulic accumulator), dies at 90
  • Dec 28 Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)