What Happened in December 1901

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 King Camp Gillette begins selling safety razor blades
  • Dec 3 Milwaukee is dropped from the AL & replaced by St Louis Browns
  • Dec 4 Anne Russell's 'Girl and the judge' premieres in NYC
  • Dec 10 First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 First Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Dec 12 Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland, Canada

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • Dec 13 Test debut of S F Barnes v Aust SCG, took 5-65 in 1st innings
  • Dec 14 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)
  • Dec 16 Boer general Kritzinger captured
  • Dec 24 Private companies allowed to use the word "postcard" in the US. Previously they were labelled "Private Mailing Cards" and known as "souvenir cards".
  • Dec 25 Battle at Tweefontein: British force camped on a hill is surprised by a Boer attack at 2am
  • Dec 31 In the first election under their new constitution, Cuba elects a Congress and their first president, Tomas Estrada Palma

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, composer
  • Dec 1 Ilona Feher, Hungarian-Jewish violinist (d. 1988)
  • Dec 2 Staf Gustaf Frans Nees, Belgian composer
  • Dec 2 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born footballer (d. 1986)
  • Dec 5 Hanns Jelinek, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 5 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Dec 5 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist/discovered uncertainty (Nobel 32)
  • Dec 5 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (d. 1980)
  • Dec 7 A F [Tony] Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944))
  • Dec 9 Carol Dempster, American actress (d. 1991)
  • Dec 9 Ödön von Horváth, Hungarian-born writer (d. 1938)
  • Dec 9 Jean Mermoz, French pilot (d. 1936)
  • Dec 10 F Fischer, German war criminal (Breda 4)
  • Dec 13 John Wijga, painter/illustrator
  • Dec 14 Henri Cochet, tennis champ (US Open-1928)
  • Dec 14 Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 16 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
  • Dec 19 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist/novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 20 Louis I Kahn, US architect [or Feb 20]
  • Dec 20 Robert Van de Graaff, Alabama, physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions)
  • Dec 21 Juan A de Zunzunegui y Loredo, Spanish writer
  • Dec 21 Robin Irvine, actor (Easy Virtue), born in London, England
  • Dec 22 Andre Kostelanetz, conductor (Lincoln Portrari), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Dec 23 Gene Sarazen, golfer (PGA 1922, 23, 33)
  • Dec 25 Alice C, English duchess of Gloucester/aunt of Elizabeth II
  • Dec 26 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, composer
  • Dec 27 Irene Handl, actress (Riding High, Morgan), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 27 Marlene Dietrich [Maria Losch], singer/actress (Blue Angel), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)

Singer/Actress Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 George Lohmann, cricketer (in South Africa 18 Tests, 112 wickets), dies
  • Dec 15 Elias Alvares Lobo, composer, dies at 67