What Happened in December 1910

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Neon lights first publicly displayed (Paris Auto Show)
  • Dec 9 French troops occupy Morrocan harbor city Agadir

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Johannes van der Waals wins Nobel Prize for physics

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • Dec 19 1st US city ordinance requiring white & black residential areas (Balt)
  • Dec 19 Rayon 1st commercially produced, Marcus Hook, Penn
  • Dec 21 Explosion in coal mine in Hulton England, 344 mine workers dies
  • Dec 22 US postal savings stamps 1st issued
  • Dec 24 Luisa Tetrazzini sings to 250,000 people at Lotta's Fountain
  • Dec 28 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)
  • Dec 31 US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Dame Alicia Markova, ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), born in London, England
  • Dec 1 Joel Fluellen, LA, actor (Burning Cross, Learning Tree)
  • Dec 1 Louis Slotin, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canadian Physicist and Chemist (Manhattan Project, Los Alamos) who assembled the plutonium core for 'Trinity', the first detonated atomic device
  • Dec 2 Robert Paige, actor (Colgate Comedy Hour), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 2 Russell Lynes, American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's Magazine (d. 1991)
  • Dec 3 Robert Arthur Hughes, missionary/surgeon
  • Dec 4 Alex North, Chester Penn, composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata)
  • Dec 4 Amar Singh, cricketer (dashing Indian all-rounder of thirties)
  • Dec 4 Ramaswamy Venkataraman, president of India (1987-92)
  • Dec 5 Abraham L Polonsky, US writer/director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here)
  • Dec 7 Edmundo Ros, English orchestra leader
  • Dec 7 Richard Franko Goldman, composer
  • Dec 7 Rod Cameron, actor (City Detective, State Trooper), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 7 Louis Prima, New Orleans Luisiana, American musician (That Old Black Magic)
  • Dec 9 Dick Elffers, Dutch graphic artist/painter (Holland Festival)
  • Dec 9 Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)
  • Dec 10 Dennis Morgan, Prentice Wisc, actor (Dennis-21 Beacon Street)
  • Dec 10 Jill Summers, actress (Agatha Coronation Street)
  • Dec 11 Robert Grieve, civil servant
  • Dec 11 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (d. 1937)
  • Dec 13 Lillian Roth, [Rutstein], singer/actress (Animal Crackers)
  • Dec 13 Van Heflin, Walters Oklahoma, actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary)
  • Dec 13 Charles Alfred Coulson, Dudley England, British Chemist (theoretical)
  • Dec 15 John H. Hammond, American rock/jazz musician (I Can Tell, So Many Roads), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 16 Freddie Brown, Peru, cricketer ("Lettuces! Hearts as big as ")
  • Dec 16 Robert Noehren, composer
  • Dec 16 Stanojlo Rajicic, composer
  • Dec 17 Keki Khursedji Tarapore, cricketer (0-72 in his only Test for India)
  • Dec 17 Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (d. 1988)
  • Dec 18 Abe Burrows, American Broadway composer (Guys & Dolls 1951 TONY), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 18 Eric Tindall, cricketer (All Black rep who kept wicket in 5 Tests)
  • Dec 19 Jean Genet, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 19 Jose Lezama Lima, poet/novelist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Dec 22 Richard Ainley, Middlesex England, actor (I Dood It, Above Suspicion)
  • Dec 23 Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (d. 1961)
  • Dec 24 Betty Ann Davies, actress (Tough Guy), born in London, England
  • Dec 24 Fritz [Reuter] Leiber Jr, US, sci-fi author (Bazaar of the Bizarre)
  • Dec 24 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dec 24 Max Miedinger, typeface designer, famous for creating Helvetica in 1957. (d. 1980)
  • Dec 24 William "Bill" Pickering, NASA scientist (JPL), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Dec 25 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US dancer (Make Mine Music)
  • Dec 26 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner
  • Dec 27 Jack Massey, groundsman
  • Dec 27 Neville Crump, racehorse trainer
  • Dec 27 Charles Olson, American poet (d. 1970)
  • Dec 28 John Kerr, NZ, cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s)
  • Dec 29 Ronald Coase, British economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Dec 30 Dennis Morgan, actor (Cattle Town, Canyon Pass, Waterfront)
  • Dec 30 Herman van der Horst, Dutch cinematographer (Faja Lobbi)
  • Dec 30 Paul Bowles, writer (The Shelting Sky), born in Queens, New York City (d. 1999)
  • Dec 31 Dick Kollmar, actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), born in Rigewood, New Jersey
  • Dec 31 Roy Rowland, film director

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Editor Maxwell Perkins (26) weds Louise Saunders at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 3 Mary Baker Eddy, founder (Christian Science (Monitor)), dies at 89

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Founder
Mary Baker Eddy
  • Dec 10 Pablo Hernandez Salces, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 31 John Moisant, American aviator (b. 1868)
  • Dec 31 Arch Hoxsey, American aviator (b. 1884)