What Happened in December 1905

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 British government of Arthur Balfour resigns

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • Dec 5 Henry Campbell-Bannermam (Lib) becomes UK PM
  • Dec 9 French Assembly National votes for separation of church & state
  • Dec 9 Richard Strauss' opera "Salome" premieres in Dresden
  • Dec 11 120°F (49°C), Rivadavia, Argentina (South American record)
  • Dec 11 British government of Campbell-Bannerman forms
  • Dec 11 A workers uprising occurs, establishing the Shuliavka Republic in Kiev.
  • Dec 15 The Pushkin House is established in St. Petersburg to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin
  • Dec 16 "Variety" covering all phases of show business, 1st published
  • Dec 18 H V Hordern takes 8-81 in 2nd innings of F-C debut (NSW v Qld)
  • Dec 22 Arrest of St Petersburg Soviet members leads to an uprising of Moscow workers and fighting in the street
  • Dec 25 V Herbert/H Blossoms musical "Mlle Modiste" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 27 M A Noble scores 281 (369 mins, 21 fours) NSW v Victoria
  • Dec 28 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)
  • Dec 28 NSW all out for 805 vs Victoria, win by innings & 253
  • Dec 30 Former Governor Frank Steunenberg is assassinated near his home in Caldwell, Idaho.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Charles Finney, US, author (Circus of Dr Lao)
  • Dec 1 Ida Carroll, English musician and administrator, (d. 1995)
  • Dec 1 Alexander Wilson, Canadian and Notre Dame athlete (d. 1994)
  • Dec 2 Osvaldo Pugliese, musician/composer
  • Dec 3 Leslie Ames, cricketer (England wicket-keeper of 30's Outstanding bat)
  • Dec 4 Emilio Médici, president Brazil (1969-74)
  • Dec 5 Otto Preminger, Austria, director/producer (Laura, Exodus)
  • Dec 5 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • Dec 6 James J. Braddock, American boxer (d. 1974)
  • Dec 7 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune)
  • Dec 8 Charles Cushing, composer
  • Dec 8 Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer
  • Dec 8 Frank Faylen, actor (Herbert Gillis-Dobie Gillis), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 8 Julius Silverman, politician
  • Dec 9 Dalton Trumbo, US, writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)
  • Dec 11 Eugen Fink, German philosopher
  • Dec 11 Gilbert Roland, [Luis Alonso], Juarez Mex, actor (Juarez, Barbarosa)
  • Dec 11 Koos van de Griend, composer
  • Dec 11 Robert Henriques, English writer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 12 Manès Sperber, Austrian-born writer (d. 1984)
  • Dec 12 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), born in Marseille (d. 1991)
  • Dec 14 Sydney Lipton, bandleader/violin
  • Dec 15 Ferenc Farkas, composer
  • Dec 16 Piet Hein, poet/inventor
  • Dec 17 Joseph Heifitz, film director
  • Dec 17 Simo Häyhä, Finnish sniper (d. 2002)
  • Dec 17 Érico Lopes Veríssimo, Brazilian writer (d. 1975)
  • Dec 18 Richard Sturzenegger, composer
  • Dec 19 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/choreographer
  • Dec 20 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner)
  • Dec 21 Anthony Powell, English novelist (Infants of Spring)
  • Dec 22 Kenneth Rexroth, US, poet/critic/translator (Birds in the Bush)
  • Dec 22 Pierre Brasseur, [Espinasse], French actor (Enfants du Paradis)
  • Dec 23 Arn Bjornsson, composer
  • Dec 24 Anna "Ans" van Dike ("the Young"), Jewish nazi collaborator

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 24 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and avaitor (Hughes Aircraft), born in Humble, Texas (d. 1976)

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • Dec 28 Cliff Arquette, comedian (Charlie Weaver), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • Dec 28 Earl "Fatha" Hines, Duquesne Pa, jazz pianist (Deep Forest)
  • Dec 28 Gajapatairaj Vijaya Ananda the Rajkumar of Vizianagram (Ind)
  • Dec 30 Emmanuel Levinas, philosopher
  • Dec 31 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), born in Flers, France (d. 1975)
  • Dec 31 Jule Styne, England, songwriter/composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony)
  • Dec 31 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), born in Sekežintsõ, Ostrog (d. 1970)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 9 Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 66