December 1889 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 4 Stanley's expedition reaches Bagamoyo in Indian Ocean
  • Dec 7 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London
  • Dec 9 US President Benjamin Harrison dedicates the Chicago Auditorium
  • Dec 13 Belgium rules on women/child labor law
  • Dec 14 American Academy of Political & Social Science organized, Phila
  • Dec 19 Bishop Museum founded in Hawaii

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 8 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse)
  • Dec 11 Paul Kornfeld, Czech playwright, born in Prague (d. 1942)
  • Dec 11 Walter Knott, American farmer (d. 1981)
  • Dec 21 Sewall Wright, American biologist (d. 1988)
  • Dec 22 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanon, playwright
  • Dec 28 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
  • Dec 30 Georg von der Vring, German painter/writer (Soldier Suhren)

Deaths in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 Jefferson Davis, President of Confederate States of America (1861-65), dies at 81

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Dec 6 Joseph H "Jozef" Neuhuys, painter, dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright, dies at 50

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 12 Robert Browning, English poet (Ring & Book), dies at 77

  • Dec 12 Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)
  • Dec 15 Ferdinand II A F A, King of Portugal, dies at 73
  • Dec 21 Joseph B Lightfoot, English theologist/bishop of Durham, dies at 61
  • Dec 21 Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (b. 1809)
  • Dec 24 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (b. 1819)
  • Dec 31 Ion Creanga, Romanian (fairy tales) author, dies at 52