On This Day

Famous People Born in December 1868

  • Dec 2 Francis Jammes, French poet and writer (Jammisme), born in Tournay, Hautes-Pyrénées, France (d. 1938)
  • Dec 4 Richard Nicolaas Roland Holst, Dutch artist and painter, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • Dec 4 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1953)
  • Dec 5 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1951)
  • Dec 9 Fritz Haber, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1918), born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1934)
  • Dec 10 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1937)
  • Dec 11 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Swedish composer, born in Söderhamn, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • Dec 14 Richard Batka, Austrian music critic and composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1922)

Person of interestHarvey Firestone

Dec 20 Harvey Firestone, American industrialist and founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company ("where the rubber meets the road"), born in Columbiana, Ohio (d. 1938)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • Dec 24 Emanuel Lasker, German world chess champion (1894-21), born in Barlinek, Poland (d. 1941)
  • Dec 25 Eugenie Besserer, American actress (Jazz Singer), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1934)
  • Dec 28 Marie van Regteren Altena, Dutch painter (Amsterdam's Joffers)