What Happened in December 1872

Historical Events

  • Dec 5 Ship the Mary Celeste is discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Dec 7 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½ year world oceanographic cruise
  • Dec 11 Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback takes office as the first African American US Govenor in Louisiana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Phileas Fogg completes his round the world trip in 80 days, in Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days"

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • Dec 26 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18")

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 5 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player
  • Dec 6 Mikulas Moyzes, composer
  • Dec 6 Michael Joseph Savage, Australian-born New Zealand politician, First New Zealand Labour Prime Minister (1935-40), born in Tatong, Australia (d. 1940)
  • Dec 7 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens)
  • Dec 10 Johann Babtist Thaller, composer
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves)
  • Dec 16 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
  • Dec 20 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer
  • Dec 21 Albert P Terhune, American novelist (Lad, a Dog)
  • 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 (d. 1961)
  • Dec 26 Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 A Larned, tennis champ (US Open-1901)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 8 Religious leader Brigham Young (71) weds his fifty-fifth wife Hannah Tapfield in Salt Lake City, Utah

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 11 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (b. 1830)
  • Dec 12 Willem Anne Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician, dies at 72
  • Dec 12 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Helena Beeloo, a maid, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 13 W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 24 William John Macquorn Rankine, British physician and engenier (b. 1820)
  • Dec 28 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • Dec 31 Aleksis Kivi, [Stenvall], Finnish writer/poet (Kanervala), dies at 38