December 1910 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 3 Neon lights first publicly displayed (Paris Auto Show)
  • Dec 9 French troops occupy Morrocan harbor city Agadir

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Johannes van der Waals wins Nobel Prize for physics

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • Dec 19 1st US city ordinance requiring white & black residential areas (Balt)
  • Dec 19 Rayon 1st commercially produced, Marcus Hook, Penn
  • Dec 21 Explosion in coal mine in Hulton England, 344 mine workers dies
  • Dec 22 US postal savings stamps 1st issued
  • Dec 24 Luisa Tetrazzini sings to 250,000 people at Lotta's Fountain
  • Dec 31 US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Dame Alicia Markova, ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), born in London, England
  • Dec 1 Louis Slotin, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canadian Physicist and Chemist (Manhattan Project, Los Alamos) who assembled the plutonium core for 'Trinity', the first detonated atomic device
  • Dec 2 Russell Lynes, American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's Magazine (d. 1991)
  • Dec 3 Robert Arthur Hughes, missionary/surgeon
  • Dec 4 Ramaswamy Venkataraman, president of India (1987-92)
  • Dec 5 Abraham L Polonsky, US writer/director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here)
  • Dec 9 Dick Elffers, Dutch graphic artist/painter (Holland Festival)
  • Dec 9 Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)
  • Dec 11 Robert Grieve, civil servant
  • Dec 13 Charles Alfred Coulson, Dudley England, British Chemist (theoretical)
  • Dec 19 Jean Genet, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 19 Jose Lezama Lima, poet/novelist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Dec 23 Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (d. 1961)
  • Dec 24 Fritz [Reuter] Leiber Jr, US, sci-fi author (Bazaar of the Bizarre)
  • Dec 24 Max Miedinger, typeface designer, famous for creating Helvetica in 1957. (d. 1980)
  • Dec 24 William "Bill" Pickering, NASA scientist (JPL), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Dec 26 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner
  • Dec 27 Jack Massey, groundsman
  • Dec 27 Charles Olson, American poet (d. 1970)
  • Dec 29 Ronald Coase, British economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Dec 30 Herman van der Horst, Dutch cinematographer (Faja Lobbi)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Editor Maxwell Perkins (26) weds Louise Saunders at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey

Deaths in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 3 Mary Baker Eddy, founder (Christian Science (Monitor)), dies at 89

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Founder
Mary Baker Eddy
  • Dec 31 John Moisant, American aviator (b. 1868)
  • Dec 31 Arch Hoxsey, American aviator (b. 1884)