On This Day

Famous People Born in December 1872

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 5 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • Dec 6 Mikulas Moyzes, Slovak composer, born in Zvolenská Slatina, Slovakia (d. 1944)

Person of interestMichael Joseph Savage

Dec 6 Michael Joseph Savage, Australian-born New Zealand politician and first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand (1935-40), born in Tatong, Australia (d. 1940)

New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
New Zealand Prime Minister
Michael Joseph Savage
  • Dec 7 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • Dec 10 Johann Babtist Thaller, German composer, born in Röhrmoos, Germany (d. 1952)
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves), born in Hannover, Germany (d. 1956)
  • Dec 16 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
  • Dec 20 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer, born in Tortona, Italy
  • Dec 21 Albert Payson Terhune, American novelist (Lad, a Dog), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1942)
  • Dec 21 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), born in Manchester, England (d. 1922)
  • Dec 22 Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist, born in Poitiers, France (d. 1961)
  • Dec 26 Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)

Person of interestPío Baroja

Dec 28 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), born in San Sebastián, Basque Country (d. 1956)

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja
  • Dec 30 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 1926)