December 1887 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "Study in Scarlet"
  • Dec 1 Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal's control of Macao
  • Dec 2 Amsterdam's Oscar CarrĂ©s Circus Theater opens
  • Dec 2 French president Grevy (80) resigns
  • Dec 5 Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
  • Dec 10 Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign Balkan military treaty
  • Dec 17 Georges Feydeau's "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 19 Jake Kilrain & Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw
  • Dec 27 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (BG)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Naruhiko, Prince Higashikuni of Japan (d. 1990)
  • Dec 13 George Polya, Hungarian-born mathematician (d. 1985)
  • Dec 15 Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of the Dutch Tribe)
  • Dec 17 Josef Lada, Czech painter (d. 1957)
  • Dec 17 Hermine Reuss, Empress of Germany and Duchess of Bohemia (d. 1947)
  • Dec 22 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (d. 1920)
  • Dec 25 Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)
  • Dec 26 Arthur Ernest Percival, British Army officer (d. 1966)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 78
  • Dec 5 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (b. 1804)
  • Dec 9 Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader