What Happened in December 1903

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 "The Great Train Robbery", the 1st Western film, released
  • Dec 3 Panglima Polim surrenders to Capt Colijn at Atjeh
  • Dec 6 Sumatra Atjehs guerilla leader Panglima Polim surrenders
  • Dec 9 Norwegian parliament votes unanimiously for female suffrage

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Dec 10 Nobel for physics awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie

Physicist Marie Curie
Marie Curie
  • Dec 11 British forces under MacDonald & Younghusband march into Tibet
  • Dec 12 Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo
  • Dec 13 Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone mound (NJ)
  • Dec 14 Reg Foster completes 287 England v Australia on Test Cricket debut
  • Dec 14 The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright Flyer for the first time at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Dec 16 Majestic Theater, NYC, becomes 1st in US to employ women ushers
  • Dec 16 The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel opens its doors to guests for the first time

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Dec 17 The Wright Brothers make their first sustained motorized aircraft flight at 10:35 AM, piloted by Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

  • Dec 19 Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan
  • Dec 27 "Sweet Adaline", a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung
  • Dec 28 Clyde Fitch's "Glad of It" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 29 French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad & Ubangi-Shari
  • Dec 30 Electric arc lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes in American history
  • Dec 30 American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Alfred Leslie Rowse, historian
  • Dec 4 Cornell Woolrich, US, writer (El Angel Negro)

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Dec 5 Cecil Frank Powell, Tonbridge, Kent, physicist, discovered pion (Nobel 1950), (d. 1969)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • Dec 6 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • Dec 7 Danilo BlanuĊĦa, Croatian mathematician (d. 1987)
  • Dec 8 Adele Simpson, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 8 Irene Eisinger, singer
  • Dec 8 Kathleen (Kitty) Rosalind Muggeridge, author
  • Dec 8 Zoltan Szekely, composer
  • Dec 10 George J. Lewis, Mexican-born actor (Don-Zorro), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1995)
  • Dec 10 Una Merkel, Covington Ky, actress (42nd Street, Abraham Lincoln)
  • Dec 10 William Plomer, Transvaal, author (Paper Houses, I Speak of Africa)
  • Dec 12 Enid Balint-Edmonds, psychoanalyst
  • Dec 13 Carlos Montoya, guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 13 Jewgeni Petrow, writer
  • Dec 13 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WW I)/official war painter
  • Dec 16 Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 16 Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet (El hombre deshabitado)
  • Dec 17 Erskine P Caldwell, author (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre)
  • Dec 17 Ray Noble, English bandleader and actor (d. 1978)
  • Dec 19 Cyril Dean Darlington, England, biologist (hereditary mechanisms)
  • Dec 19 George Davis Snell, Bradford, Massachusetts, American geneticist (H-2 gene)
  • Dec 19 Theo Harych, German writer, born in Doruchow, Posen (d. 1958)
  • Dec 22 Barbara Moore, doctor, walked across US in 86 days in 1960
  • Dec 22 H Keffer Hartline, US, biophysicist (Nobel 1967)
  • Dec 22 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967)
  • Dec 23 Fredi [Fredericka] Carolyn Washington, actress (Black & Tan)
  • Dec 23 Michael Kalatozov, Russian producer (When the Cranes Fly)
  • Dec 25 Antiochos Evanghelatos, composer
  • Dec 25 Corry Lievens, [Isabella MJ Adriaens], Flemish actress (Blue Bird)
  • Dec 25 J Edward Bromberg, Hungary, actor (The Mark of Zorro, Under 2 Flags)
  • Dec 26 Elisha Cook Jr, actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 28 John von Neumann, mathematician/astronomer (Bocher Award 1938)
  • Dec 28 Earl Hines, American musician (d. 1983)
  • Dec 29 Clyde McCoy, jazz trumpeter/bandleader

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Victor Roger, composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 6 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 8 Herbert Spencer, British engineer/philosopher, dies at 83
  • Dec 11 Patrick McShane, cricket player/ump (1884-85 Ashes series), dies
  • Dec 14 William Ennis, 1st cop to die in electric chair
  • Dec 20 Gavriil Musicescu, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 28 George [Robert] Gissing, English novelist, dies at 46