December 1909 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa
  • Dec 1 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef

1stHistoric Invention

Dec 7 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Chemist
Leo Baekeland
  • Dec 8 Bird banding society found
  • Dec 9 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)
  • Dec 11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Dec 11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • Dec 16 A conservative revolution and US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos from office
  • Dec 17 Leopold II, king of Belgium, died in Laeken after a reign of exactly 44 years
  • Dec 21 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
  • Dec 21 Clyde Fitch' "City" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 21 Unitversity of Copenhagen rejects American Explorer Frederick A Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
  • Dec 23 Albert I becomes the third King of the Belgians

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, born in Kudowa (d. 2001)
  • Dec 6 Kenneth Watkins, woodland conservationist
  • Dec 7 Jacob Kainen, artist/curator
  • Dec 11 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), born in Toowoomba, Queensland (d. 1991)
  • Dec 12 Armand H F Boni, the Good One, Flemish poet/writer
  • Dec 14 Edward L Tatum, American molecular geneticist (Nobel 1958)
  • Dec 14 Phia [Sophia R] Berghout, harpist/founder Eduard of Beinumstichting
  • Dec 16 Henricus Verbunt, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • Dec 19 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (d. 2002)
  • Dec 20 Vakkom Majeed, Indian politician (d. 2000)
  • Dec 21 George Ball, Iowa, lawyer/undersecretary of state
  • Dec 21 Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (d. 1992)
  • Dec 24 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Foreign Affairs (1956-68)
  • Dec 25 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter
  • Dec 28 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet (Subrani Sutsjinenija)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Paul-Albert Besnard, French painter/graphic artist (Elle), dies at 60
  • Dec 7 Whitcomb Judson, American inventor (zipper), dies at 63
  • Dec 10 Red Cloud, Sioux indian chief, dies
  • Dec 11 Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • Dec 13 Innokenti Annenski, Russian poet and interpreter, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Dec 14 Leopold II, king of Belgium, dies
  • Dec 24 Nicolaas G Pierson, director Suriname/Dutch Bank, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Frederic Remington, American artist (b. 1861)