What Happened in December 1873

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1 in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dec 30 American Metrological Society forms (NYC) weights, measures & money

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Charles JM Ruys de Beerenbrouck, premier of Neth (1918-25, 29-33)
  • Dec 1 Valery Bryusov, Russian poet (d. 1924)
  • Dec 7 Willa Cather, American author (My Ántonia), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1947)
  • Dec 9 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, born in Brussels (d. 1980)
  • Dec 11 Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician, born in Bled, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • Dec 14 Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1953)
  • Dec 15 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1923)
  • Dec 17 Ford Madox Ford, English novelist/editor (Inheritors)
  • Dec 18 Adolf Vogl, German composer, born in Munich (d. 1961)
  • Dec 18 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (d. 1957)
  • Dec 20 Kan'ichi Asakawa, Japanese author & historian, born in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (d. 1948)
  • Dec 21 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1934)
  • Dec 25 Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)
  • Dec 26 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch composer/choir conductor (Minstrels)
  • Dec 26 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, born in Belgrade (d. 1945)
  • Dec 26 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (d. 1953)
  • Dec 30 Alfred "Al" Smith, American politician, 4 time Governor of New York (1919-20 and 1923-28), and 1st Catholic nominee for US President (1928), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1944)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Manuel Acuña, Mexican poet (Ante un Cadaver), dies at 24
  • Dec 14 J Louis R Agassiz, Swiss geologist/paleo-biologist), dies
  • Dec 14 Alexander Keith, Scottish-Canadian politician (4th Mayor of Halifax) and brewer (founder of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery), dies at 78
  • Dec 21 Francis Garnier, French explorer, dies at 34
  • Dec 22 Charles Lenox Remond, African American Orator and abolitionist, dies at 63
  • Dec 24 Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)