December 1888 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 11 French Panama Canal Company fails
  • Dec 18 Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado
  • Dec 19 Henry Morton Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 23 Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, after argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and sends to a prostitute for safe keeping

Painter Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh
Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • Dec 30 Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 4 Aleksandar I Karadordjevic, king of Yugoslavia (1921-34)
  • Dec 7 Hamilton Fish, US congress leader/isolationist
  • Dec 7 Joyce Cary, Anglo-Irish (male) writer (House of Children)
  • Dec 7 Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun, 1st President of American Newspaper Guild
  • Dec 8 Fiske Kimball, US architect/art historian
  • Dec 15 Artturi A Leinonen, Finnish journalist/writer (Kati)/politician
  • Dec 15 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor)
  • Dec 16 Alphonse Juin, French marshal
  • Dec 17 King Alexander I of Yugoslavia (d. 1934)
  • Dec 18 Robert Moses, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)
  • Dec 22 Joseph Arthur Rank, English film magnate/baron
  • Dec 23 Friedrich Wolf, German writer and diplomat, born in Neuwied, Germany (d. 1953)
  • Dec 29 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Mehmed N Kemal Bey, Turkish writer/journalist (Vatan), dies at 47
  • Dec 3 Carl Zeiss, German scientific instrument and lens maker (Carl Zeiss AG), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi (b. 1808)