What Happened in December 1909

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa
  • Dec 1 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef
  • Dec 4 1st CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6
  • Dec 7 Belgian-born Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New York, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
  • Dec 8 Bird banding society found
  • Dec 9 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)
  • Dec 11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Dec 11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • Dec 15 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Dec 16 A conservative revolution and US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos from office
  • Dec 17 Leopold II, king of Belgium, died in Laeken after a reign of exactly 44 years
  • Dec 21 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
  • Dec 21 Clyde Fitch' "City" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 21 Unitversity of Copenhagen rejects American Explorer Frederick Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
  • Dec 23 Albert I becomes the third King of the Belgians

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, born in Kudowa (d. 2001)
  • Dec 4 Jimmy Jewel, English actor (d. 1995)
  • Dec 6 Alan McGilvray, cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC)
  • Dec 6 Kenneth Watkins, woodland conservationist
  • Dec 7 Jacob Kainen, artist/curator
  • Dec 8 Cleo Brown, jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Dec 9 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor (Ghost Story), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 11 Ronald McKie, Australian author (d. 1991)
  • Dec 11 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager (d. 1989)
  • Dec 12 Armand H F Boni, the Good One, Flemish poet/writer
  • Dec 12 Karen Morley, American actress (d. 2003)
  • Dec 14 Edward L Tatum, US, molecular geneticist (Nobel 1958)
  • Dec 14 Phia [Sophia R] Berghout, harpist/founder Eduard of Beinumstichting
  • Dec 16 Henricus Verbunt, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • Dec 16 Lall Singh, cricketer (scored 15 & 29 in India's 1st Test match)
  • Dec 18 Mona Barrie, [Smith], actress (Dawn on Great Divide), born in London, England
  • Dec 19 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (d. 2002)
  • Dec 20 Vagn Holmboe, composer
  • Dec 20 Vakkom Majeed, Indian politician (d. 2000)
  • Dec 21 George Ball, Iowa, lawyer/undersecretary of state
  • Dec 21 Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (d. 1992)
  • Dec 22 Alan Carney, [David Boughal], actor (Zombies on Broadway), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 22 Patricia Hayes, English actress (d. 1998)
  • Dec 23 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 23 Don Cleverley, cricketer (two Tests for NZ 1932 & 1946, took 0-130)
  • Dec 23 Maurice Denham, actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), born in Beckenham England (d. 2002)
  • Dec 24 Adam Popovich, composer
  • Dec 24 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Foreign Affairs (1956-68)
  • Dec 25 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter
  • Dec 25 Marguerite Churchill, actress (Dracula's Daughter, Big Trail)
  • Dec 25 Mike Mazurki, Tarnopal Austria, actor/wrestler (Centerfold Girls)
  • Dec 27 Johan[nes B] Schmitz, Dutch actor/reciter (Lucifer, MacBeth)
  • Dec 28 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas
  • Dec 28 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet (Subrani Sutsjinenija)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Paul-Albert Besnard, French painter/graphic artist (Elle), dies at 60
  • Dec 10 Red Cloud, Sioux indian chief, dies
  • Dec 11 Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • Dec 13 Innokenti Annenski, Russian poet and interpreter, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Dec 14 Leopold II, king of Belgium, dies
  • Dec 15 Francisco Tarrega y Eixea, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 20 Benjamin Ipavec, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Nicolaas G Pierson, director Suriname/Dutch Bank, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Frederic Remington, American artist (b. 1861)