What Happened in December 1908

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
  • Dec 3 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A premieres
  • Dec 4 Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup
  • Dec 4 The world's ten leading maritime nations attend a Naval Conference in London; they agree on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband
  • Dec 5 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Dec 9 The German Reichstag adopts a progressive social law restricting hours of factory work by young people and women
  • Dec 11 Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres
  • Dec 12 4th Australasian Championships: Fred Alexander beats Alfred Dunlop (3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3)
  • Dec 16 1st credit union in US forms (Manchester NH)
  • Dec 17 In Turkey the new parliament convenes with reformist Young Turks as the majority

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 26 Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Dec 28 Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy, killing nearly 80,000
  • Dec 29 Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc
  • Dec 30 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers outscore Edmonton, 13-10 in 2 game set

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (d. 1984)
  • Dec 2 Robert F Simon, Mansfield Oh, actor (Man who shot Liberty Valance)
  • Dec 2 Rufe Davis, OK, actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora)
  • Dec 3 Halsey Stevens, Scott NY, composer (Triskelion)
  • Dec 3 Nigel M Balchin, [Mark Spade], English author (Business for Pleasure)
  • Dec 3 Edward Underdown, English actor (d. 1989)
  • Dec 4 A D Hershey, US, biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969)
  • Dec 6 Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 2003)
  • Dec 7 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist
  • Dec 7 John H Doeg, tennis champ (US Open-1930)
  • Dec 8 John Volpe, (Gov-Mass)/US Secretary of Treasury (1969-73)
  • Dec 10 Arnold A van Ruler, Dutch theologist
  • Dec 10 Olivier Messiaen, Avignon France, composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon)
  • Dec 11 Elliott Cook Carter Jr, American composer (Tom & Lily), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 13 Victor Babin, composer
  • Dec 14 Laurence Naismith, Surrey England, actor (Judge Fulton-Persuaders)
  • Dec 14 Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor, born in San Franciso, California (d. 1996) probable date
  • Dec 14 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Dec 14 Mária Szepes, Hungarian authoress (d. 2007)
  • Dec 16 Remedios Varo, Anglès Spain, Spain-Mexican Surrealist artist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 17 Willard Frank Libby, American chemist (carbon-14 "atomic clock" - Nobel 1960), born in Grand Valley, Colorado (d. 1980)

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • Dec 17 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer
  • Dec 18 Celia Johnson, English actress (Happy Breed, Brief Encounter), born in Richmond, Surrey (d. 1982)
  • Dec 20 Giulio Cesare Brero, composer
  • Dec 20 Norman Hackforth, broadcaster
  • Dec 20 Dennis Morgan, American actor (Kitty Foyle), born in Prentice, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • Dec 21 Pat Weaver, TV Executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 Marius F Duintjer, Dutch architect
  • Dec 22 Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician (Ruban Sans Fin)
  • Dec 23 Yousuf Karsh, portrait photographer (Life Magazine)
  • Dec 25 Frank Ferguson, California, actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal)
  • Dec 25 Helen Twelvetrees, actress (State's Attorney, Painted Desert)
  • Dec 25 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, born in Nymburk, Bohemia (d. 1998)
  • Dec 25 Quentin Crisp, English author (d. 1999)
  • Dec 25 Jo-Jo Moore, baseball player (d. 2001)
  • Dec 25 Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American automotive engineer (d. 1996)
  • Dec 26 Ralph Hill, US, 5K runner (Olympic-1932)
  • Dec 27 Louis JHCA de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Black Banners)
  • Dec 28 Lew Ayres, Minn, actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Dr Kildare)
  • Dec 29 Claire Dodd, AR, actress (Ex-Lady, In the Navy)
  • Dec 29 Gerben Sonderman, Dutch test pilot (Fokker)
  • Dec 31 Marko Rothmuller, composer
  • Dec 31 Simon Wiesenthal, Polish/Austrian nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 22 Marie Jungius, Dutch teacher/fairy tale writer, dies at 44
  • Dec 23 Eduard Wachmann, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Francois A Gevaert, Belg/Dutch composer (Diable au Moulin), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Francois-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian musicologist/composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 30 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian lawyer, journalist and senator (b. 1844)