What Happened in December 1914

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Austria army occupies Belgrade Serbia
  • Dec 3 Dutch army opens fire on interned Belgian soldiers: 8 killed

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Dec 4 Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Dec 5 6th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats U of Toronto, 14-2
  • Dec 5 The Italian Parliament proclaims the neutrality of the country.
  • Dec 6 German troops over run Lodz
  • Dec 8 Battle of the Falkland Island: British Royal Navy destroys a German battle squadron

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Dec 8 Connie Mack sells Eddie Collins to the White Sox

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

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Dec 8 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Dec 8 Boers rebelling against the British have recently suffered several defeats; today, one of their leaders, General Beyers, accidently drowns
  • Dec 10 French government returns to Paris
  • Dec 11 Stockton Street Tunnel (SF) completed
  • Dec 12 The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%.
  • Dec 14 Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressist Party (Partido Demócrata Progresista, PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires.
  • Dec 15 Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow
  • Dec 15 British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea
  • Dec 15 Serbian troops retake Belgrade in Austria-Hungary
  • Dec 16 French offensive in Artois (Pétain)
  • Dec 16 World War I: German battleships under Franz Von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
  • Dec 17 Austrian troops beat Russians in Limanova Poland
  • Dec 17 Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
  • Dec 17 Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities
  • Dec 21 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin
  • Dec 21 2,800 African miners strike at the Van Rhyn Deep mines in a bid to redress some of their grievances
  • Dec 23 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Dec 24 German plane drops bombs on Dover England
  • Dec 25 Legendary "Christmas Truce" takes place on the battlefields of WWI between British and German troops. Instead of fighting, soldiers exchange gifts and play football.
  • Dec 26 The US Government protests British interference with American merchant ships at sea, but this same day the German announce they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; this will weaken America's protest
  • Dec 28 Turks are repulsed by the Russians after fighting in Armenia for weeks
  • Dec 31 Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Cap Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000
  • Dec 31 As the year ends, the world finds itself engulfed in a war that would have seemed like and unimaginable nightmare only six months before

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Johnny Johnston, singer (Make that Spare), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 2 Eddie Sauter, Bkln, musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue)
  • Dec 3 Irving Fine, composer (Toccata), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 4 Rudolf Hausner, Austrian artist (d. 1995)
  • Dec 4 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (d. 1993)
  • Dec 5 Hans Hellmut Kirst, German author (d. 1989)
  • Dec 6 Cyril Washbrook, cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener)
  • Dec 7 Winston Place, cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948)
  • Dec 9 Frances Reid, American actress
  • Dec 10 Dorothy Lamour, [Mary Kaumeyer], actress and singer (Road to Bali), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 12 Denis Begbie, cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50)
  • Dec 13 Alan L Bullock, British historian
  • Dec 13 George "Tiger" Haynes, guitarist/actor (Land Without Music, Guv'nor)
  • Dec 13 Samuel "Larry" K Parks, Olathe KS, actor (Jolson-Jolson Story)
  • Dec 14 Karl Carstens, German (CDU)/pres Germany (1979-84)
  • Dec 14 Rosalyn Tureck, pianist (Bach & Rock), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 14 Attila Petschauer, Hungarian fencer (d. 1943)
  • Dec 15 Ernie Toshack, cricket pace bowler (Aussie left-arm post-WWII)
  • Dec 17 Mushtaq Ali, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 30's & 40's)
  • Dec 18 Jerry Zipkin, socialite
  • Dec 21 Ivan Generalić, Austro-Hungarian-born Croatian painter (d. 1992)
  • Dec 23 Dezider Kardos, composer
  • Dec 24 Dorothy Hyson, actress (Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go)
  • Dec 24 Guus Verstraete Sr, [August de Graef], Dutch actor/dir (Black Magic)
  • Dec 25 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (d. 2007)
  • Dec 26 Richard Widmark, Sunrise Mich, actor (Madigan, Judgement at Nuremberg)
  • Dec 26 Annemarie Wendl, German actress (d. 2006)
  • Dec 27 Giuseppe Berto, Italian writer (Heaven Sees Red)
  • Dec 27 Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter
  • Dec 28 Bernard Youens, British actor (Coronation Street)
  • Dec 28 Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 29 Billy Tipton, American musician (d. 1989)
  • Dec 29 Albert Tucker, Australian artist (d. 1999)
  • Dec 30 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 30 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, East Eden), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 31 Pat Brady, actor (Roy Rodgers Show), born in Toledo, Ohio

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 24 Agatha Miller (later best selling detective author) marries aviator Archibald Christie

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Eduard Jacobs, Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 47
  • Dec 8 Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer (b. 1861)
  • Dec 12 Watkins Lewis Africa American lynched in Shrevport, Louisiana
  • Dec 14 Giovanni Sgambati, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 16 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • Dec 19 Johann F Ritter von Schulte, German catholic lawyer, dies at 87
  • Dec 21 A O Jones, cricketer (12 Tests for England 1899-1909), dies

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Dec 24 John Muir, Scottish naturalist, dies of pneumonia at 76

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • Dec 27 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and inventor (b. 1863)