December 1908 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 2 Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
  • Dec 4 Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup
  • Dec 4 The world's ten leading maritime nations attend a Naval Conference in London; they agree on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband
  • Dec 5 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Dec 9 The German Reichstag adopts a progressive social law restricting hours of factory work by young people and women
  • Dec 11 Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres
  • Dec 16 1st credit union in US forms (Manchester NH)
  • Dec 17 In Turkey the new parliament convenes with reformist Young Turks as the majority
  • Dec 28 Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy (nearly 80,000 died)
  • Dec 29 Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Nigel M Balchin, [Mark Spade], English author (Business for Pleasure)
  • Dec 4 A D Hershey, US, biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969)
  • Dec 6 Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 2003)
  • Dec 7 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist
  • Dec 8 John Volpe, (Gov-Mass)/US Secretary of Treasury (1969-73)
  • Dec 10 Arnold A van Ruler, Dutch theologist
  • Dec 14 Mária Szepes, Hungarian authoress (d. 2007)
  • Dec 16 Remedios Varo, Anglès Spain, Spain-Mexican Surrealist artist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 17 Willard Frank Libby, Grand Valley Colorado, American chemist (carbon-14 "atomic clock" - Nobel 1960)

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • Dec 21 Pat Weaver, TV Executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 Marius F Duintjer, Dutch architect
  • Dec 22 Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician (Ruban Sans Fin)
  • Dec 23 Yousuf Karsh, portrait photographer (Life Magazine)
  • Dec 25 Quentin Crisp, English author (d. 1999)
  • Dec 25 Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American automotive engineer (d. 1996)
  • Dec 27 Louis JHCA de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Black Banners)
  • Dec 29 Gerben Sonderman, Dutch test pilot (Fokker)
  • Dec 31 Simon Wiesenthal, Polish/Austrian nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 22 Marie Jungius, Dutch teacher/fairy tale writer, dies at 44
  • Dec 30 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian lawyer, journalist and senator (b. 1844)