December 1919 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 AA Milne's "Mr Pim Passes By" premieres in Manchester
  • Dec 1 Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament
  • Dec 10 NY, Boston, & Chicago, oppose AL resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties
  • Dec 10 Nobel peace prize awarded to US president Wilson
  • Dec 11 Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama
  • Dec 13 Ross & Smith land in Australia from a flight from London
  • Dec 15 Edna St Vincent Millay's "Aria da Capo" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 15 Fiume (Rijeka) declares it's Independence
  • Dec 17 Austrian parliament approves 8-hour working day
  • Dec 19 American Meteorological Society found
  • Dec 20 Canadian National Railways established (N America's longest, 50,000 KM)
  • Dec 20 US House of Representatives restricts immigration

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 J. Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Dec 22 US deports 250 alien radicals, including anarchist Emma Goldman
  • Dec 23 1st hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel launched
  • Dec 23 Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace
  • Dec 30 Lincoln's Inn in London admits its first female bar student.

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Anne Cox Chambers, US ambassador to Belgium (1977-81), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Dec 2 Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher
  • Dec 5 Victor Collin Matthews, businessman
  • Dec 6 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (d. 1983)
  • Dec 8 Peter Tali Coleman, American politician (d. 1997)
  • Dec 9 William Lipscomb, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 12 Olivia Barclay, English astrologer (d. 2001)
  • Dec 12 Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist (d. 2001)
  • Dec 13 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • Dec 19 Benedict Freedman, novelist and mathematician (Mrs Mike), born in New York City (d. 2012)
  • Dec 23 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (d. 2006)
  • Dec 23 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 25 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • Dec 29 Pieter Terpstra, Dutch journalist/writer (De dei is forroun/Havank-T)
  • Dec 31 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, born in Tumlingen, Baden-W├╝rttemberg (d. 2016)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Henry Clay Frick, built largest coke & steel operation, dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 3 Pierre A Renoir, French painter/sculptor, dies at 78

Painter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste Renoir
Painter & Sculptor
Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • Dec 13 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (b. 1850)
  • Dec 18 John Alcock, English pilot (1st non-stop over Atlantic), dies in crash at 27
  • Dec 27 Theodoor H de Meester, Dutch lib premier (1905-08), dies at 68
  • Dec 28 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)