What Happened in December 1874

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie Kansas

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
Jesse James

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Hawaii King David Kalakaua is 1st king to visit the US as guest of Ulysses S. Grant at 1st US state dinner at the White House

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Dec 15 1st reigning king to visit US is the King of Hawaii, received by President Grant
  • Dec 24 Pope Pius IX proclaims a jubilee for 1875

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Dominicus Johner, composer
  • Dec 8 Ernst Moro, Austrian physician (d. 1951)
  • Dec 11 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), born in Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, Germany (d. 1948)
  • Dec 12 Volter Kilpi, Finnish writer (Alastalon salissa), born in Kustavi, Finland (d. 1939)
  • Dec 13 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1954)

Person of interestMackenzie King

Dec 17 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, and 1935-48), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1950)

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • Dec 21 Juan Bautista Sacasa, President of Nicaragua (1932-36)
  • Dec 22 Franz Schmidt, composer
  • Dec 25 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)
  • Dec 27 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
  • Dec 31 Ernest Austin, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 7 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (b. 1815)
  • Dec 16 Abraham Capadose, Dutch physician and missionary, dies at 79
  • Dec 22 Johann Peter Pixis, composer, dies at 86