Historical Events in December 1884

  • Dec 1 American Old West: Near Frisco, New Mexico, deputy sheriff Elfego Baca holds off a gang of 80 Texan cowboys who want to kill him for arresting Charles McCarthy.

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Dec 1 Society of Independent Artists hold 1st exhibition in Polychrome Pavilion, Paris, includes Georges Seurat's "Bathers at Asnières"

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
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Georges Seurat
  • Dec 6 Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Wash, DC
  • Dec 9 Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate

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Dec 10 "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error)

Author Mark Twain
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Mark Twain
  • Dec 12 1st Test match played at the Adelaide Oval
  • Dec 16 Great Britain recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
  • Dec 19 Italy recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
  • Dec 24 Austria-Hungary admits King Leopold II's Congo Free State
  • Dec 27 Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
  • Dec 30 Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig
  • Dec 30 William Morris, Eleanor Marx, and others establish the Socialist League, a revolutionary organization in the UK