On This Day

What Happened in December 1871

Historical Events

  • Dec 12 Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in solar corona spectrum
  • Dec 19 Albert L Jones of New York City patents corrugated paper
  • Dec 24 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo
  • Dec 26 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Archie MacLaren, English cricket batsman and captain (35 Tests; 424 Lancashire v Somerset 1895), born in Manchester, England (d. 1944)
  • Dec 5 Bill Pickett, American rodeo performer (invented bulldogging), born in Jenks-Branch, Texas (d. 1932)
  • Dec 9 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • Dec 13 Herman Theodoor Colenbrander, Dutch historian, born in Drachten, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • Dec 13 Russell W. Porter, American artist and explorer (Alaska), born in Springfield, Vermont (d. 1949)
  • Dec 13 Emily Carr, Canadian painter, born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1945)
  • Dec 20 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer & conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Dec 24 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor (A Chique Little Boy, Bright Paradise), (d. 1932)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 25 Inventor Thomas Edison (24) marries 1st wife Mary Stilwell (16)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 25 Writer Ambrose Bierce (29) weds Mary Ellen Day

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 16 Willibald Alexis, German writer (Schloss Avalon), dies at 73
  • Dec 29 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, dies at 71