Historical Events in December 1909

  • 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