December 1883 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 3 48th US Congress (1883-85) convenes
  • Dec 9 New Brunswick adopts Eastern Standard Time (until 1902)
  • Dec 16 Tonkin Campaign: The French capture the citadel in Hanoi
  • Dec 20 Intl cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls
  • Dec 22 August Strindberg's "Lycko-Pers Reja" premieres
  • Dec 26 The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland.

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 4 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian author (d. 1969)
  • Dec 9 Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal/supreme commander
  • Dec 9 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (d. 1950)
  • Dec 10 Andrej J Vysjinski, Russian lawyer/foreign min/UN-ambassador
  • Dec 13 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist (d. 1950)
  • Dec 14 Morihei Ueshiba "the founder" founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido
  • Dec 19 Louis Davids, [Simon David], Dutch cabaret performer/chorus performer
  • Dec 19 [Francis] Barry Byrne, architect, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 22 Arthur James Cook, England, union leader (coal miners)
  • Dec 23 Hubert M E Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45)
  • Dec 25 Maurice Utrillo, France, painter (Port St Martin, Montmartre)
  • Dec 26 Carl Oscar Ahues, Germany, International Chess Master (1950)
  • Dec 26 Frank Debenham, Australian geographer/geologist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 27 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia (d. 1979)

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • Dec 28 Alfred Wolfenstein, German writer (d. 1945)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 9 Poet Rabindranath Tagore (22) weds Mrinalini Devi in an arranged marriage


Deaths in History

  • Dec 13 Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (b. 1812)