What Happened in December 1916

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 There is virtual civil war in Greece as royalists fight Venizelist, and the Allies determine on a Venizelist victory
  • Dec 2 Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract
  • Dec 6 German army under Gen Mackensen occupies Bucharest
  • Dec 6 World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • Dec 11 David Lloyd George forms British war government
  • Dec 13 Avalanche kills 10,000 Austrian & Italian troops in 24 hrs in Tyrol
  • Dec 13 Esme Stuart Lennox Robinsons premieres in Dublin
  • Dec 13 French chief of staff Joffre replaced by Nivelle
  • Dec 14 America's first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, TN
  • Dec 15 French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun
  • Dec 19 Suriname Bauxite Company forms in Paramaribo
  • Dec 23 World War I: Battle of Magdhaba - Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
  • Dec 26 Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, born in Dongping County, Shandong province (d. 2015)
  • Dec 2 John Bentley, Warwickshire England, actor (Chair)
  • Dec 4 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer (d. 1994)
  • Dec 6 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
  • Dec 7 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (d. 1988)
  • Dec 8 Dorothy Mae Ballard, labor union rep
  • Dec 8 Richard Fleischer, American film director (d. 2006)
  • Dec 9 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 9 Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch], American actor (Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Amsterdam, New York

  • Dec 11 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban-born bandleader (d. 1989)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 14 Shirley Jackson, writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

  • Dec 15 Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)
  • Dec 16 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer
  • Dec 16 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer
  • Dec 17 Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet (Kolderliedjes)
  • Dec 17 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
  • Dec 18 Betty Grable, great legs/actress (Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 19 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • Dec 19 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 19 Mervyn Wallace, cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as capt)
  • Dec 20 Michel Chartrand, Quebec union leader
  • Dec 21 Eve Perrick, journalist
  • Dec 21 John Boon, publisher (Mills and Boon), born in King's Lynn, Norfolk (d. 1996)
  • Dec 23 Dino Risi, Italian film director and screenwriter
  • Dec 25 Daniel Devoto, composer
  • Dec 26 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 2005)
  • Dec 27 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (d. 1953)
  • Dec 28 Noel Johnson, British actor (Frenzy, Frightmare, Royal Flash)
  • Dec 31 Suzy Delair, actress (Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Charles E Vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer, dies at 58
  • Dec 2 Francesco Paolo Tosti, composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Hans Richter, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 9 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • Dec 9 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • Dec 16 Friedrich Ernst Dorn, German physicist who discovered that radon is emitted from radium, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 William Wallace Gilchrist, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 25 St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic saint (b. 1845)
  • Dec 26 Bernhard Scholz, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Frank Penn, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1880), dies
  • Dec 27 Nikolay Feopemptovich Solov'yov, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81
  • Dec 29 Grigori Rasputin, Russian faith healer/intriguer, murdered at 45
  • Dec 31 Ernst Rudorff, composer, dies at 76