December 1880 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 8 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal, South Africa
  • Dec 16 Transvaal region declares itself as the Republic of South Africa
  • Dec 16 Beginning of the First Boer War between British Empire and Boer South African Republic
  • Dec 20 Battle at Bronker's Spruit, Transvaal: Farmers beat Britten
  • Dec 20 NY's Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as "Great White Way"

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • Dec 24 Johnny Gruelle, Arcola Illinois, American cartoonist, children's book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann (d. 1939)
  • Dec 28 Christian DFL Leipoldt, South african physician/writer/poet

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 George Marshall, Uniontown Pa, authored Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), (d. 1959)

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

Deaths in History

  • Dec 11 Oliver Fisher Winchester, American businessman and politician (b. 1810)
  • Dec 12 Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Justice, dies at 76
  • Dec 22 George Eliot [Mary Anne Evans], English novelist (Adam Bede, Middlemarch), dies on her 61st birthday
  • Dec 25 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1828)