What Happened in December 1907

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 English Professional Football Players' Association forms

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 2 Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Dec 3 George Cohan's musical "Talk of the Town" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 6 Coal mine explosions in Monongah, WV, kills 361
  • Dec 7 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
  • Dec 7 The First Egyptian Nationalist Congress meets under the leadership of Mustafa Kamil Pasha
  • Dec 8 King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
  • Dec 9 First Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington, Delaware, post office)
  • Dec 9 Gustav Mahler departs Vienna

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Dec 10 Ruyard kipling receives Nobel prize for literature

  • Dec 10 The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected.
  • Dec 11 New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • Dec 13 George Gunn scores 119 on Test debut v Australia SCG

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Dec 13 German Emperor Wilhelm II visits Amsterdam

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Dec 14 The schooner Thomas W. Lawson runs aground and founders near the Hellweather's Reef within the Scilly Isles in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die.
  • Dec 15 In Persia, the Shah leads a coup de'etat against the liberal Prime Minister Nasir ul-Mulk and imprisons him, but a popular uprising forces the Shah to restore Nasir ul-Mulk soon after
  • Dec 16 Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio (Bkln Navy Yard NY)

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Dec 16 As a gesture of the US's new presence as a world power, President Theodore Roosevelt sends the US Battle Fleet on a round-the-world cruise, visiting ports internationally

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Dec 17 Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan
  • Dec 19 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 20 Explosion at Yolande Alabama, coal mine kills 91
  • Dec 21 Dutch government of De Master falls due to war budget
  • Dec 22 Saint-SaĆ«ns'/Fokine's ballet "Le Cygne" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Dec 23 1st all-steel passengar railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pa
  • Dec 30 Abraham Mills' commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball
  • Dec 31 For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year
  • Dec 31 G Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Andrew Hutchings, teachers' leader
  • Dec 3 Connee Boswell, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 4 Jo Boer, Dutch author (Catharina & the Magnolias)
  • Dec 5 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, born in Huanggang, Hubei, Qing Empire (d. 1971)
  • Dec 5 Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian physicist (d. 1993)
  • Dec 8 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • Dec 9 Noel Walton Bott, engineer
  • Dec 10 Amedeo Nazzari, Cagliari Sardinia Italy, actor (Lure of Sila)
  • Dec 10 Michael Blankfort, US, writer/producer/director
  • Dec 10 Rumer Godden, England, author (Thursday's Children)
  • Dec 10 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (d. 2005)
  • Dec 11 Norbert Rosseau, composer
  • Dec 12 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist
  • Dec 12 Fred Elizalde, composer
  • Dec 12 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die)
  • Dec 14 Guy Middleton, Hove England, actor (Gentlemen Marrie Brunettes)
  • Dec 15 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 16 Ray C Bliss, (R) Ohio State Republican Chairman
  • Dec 16 Syd Curnow, cricketer (South African batsman in 7 Tests 1930-32)
  • Dec 18 Christopher Fry, Bristol England, playwright (Ring Around the Moon)
  • Dec 18 Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • Dec 19 Jimmy McLarnin, former Welterweight Champion (d. 2004)
  • Dec 20 Paul Francis Webster, songwriter (d. 1984)
  • Dec 21 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch literary (Poet in Love)
  • Dec 22 Peggy Ashcroft, Croydon England, actress (Dear Brutus, Happy Days)
  • Dec 22 Yoshio Hasegawa, composer
  • Dec 23 Don McNeill, Galena Ill, host (Don McNeill TV Club)
  • Dec 23 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)
  • Dec 23 Avraham Stern, Polish-born Zionist leader (d. 1942)
  • Dec 24 I[sidore] F[einstein] Stone, US journalist (IF Stone's Weekly)
  • Dec 25 Cab[ell] Calloway, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 25 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)
  • Dec 25 Mike Mazurki, Ukrainian-born actor (d. 1990)
  • Dec 27 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher
  • Dec 27 Jan Willem van Otterloo, Dutch composer
  • Dec 27 Nils-Eric Ringbom, composer
  • Dec 27 Willem Van Otterloo, Winterwijk Holland, conductor (Melbourne 1967-71)
  • Dec 27 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and writer (d. 1999)
  • Dec 27 Conrad L. Raiford, Goodwill Ambassador (d. 2002)
  • Dec 28 Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel
  • Dec 29 James Gardner, designer
  • Dec 30 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, Dutch model/singer (Haghezangers)
  • Dec 30 Robert Grant Grant-Ferris, politician

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 8 Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies
  • Dec 17 Kelvin of Largs, [William Thomson], Br physicist (Kelvin), dies at 83
  • Dec 21 Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (public baths), dies at 58
  • Dec 24 Isidor Feinstein "Izzy" Stone, journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), dies
  • Dec 31 Jules de Trooz, Belgium PM, dies at 63