What Happened in December 1876

Historical Events

  • Dec 5 Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench
  • Dec 5 Fire at Brooklyn Theater kills 295, trampled or burned to death
  • Dec 6 1st crematorium in US begins operation, Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 6 City of Anaheim incorporated for 2nd time

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 6 US Electoral College picks Rutherford B. Hayes as President, despite Samuel J. Tilden winning more votes

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Dec 7 NY Mutuals & Philadelphia A's expelled from NL for not completing sked
  • Dec 8 Suriname begins compulsory education for 7-12 years
  • Dec 23 Turkey's 1st constitution proclaimed
  • Dec 29 11 passenger cars crash in a ravine near Ashtabula, Ohio, 92 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Dimitur Poljanov, [Popov], Bulgaria, poet (Iron Poems)
  • Dec 6 Fred Duesenberg, German-born automobile pioneer (d. 1932)
  • Dec 7 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven-Archiv)
  • Dec 9 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1940)
  • Dec 11 Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, composer
  • Dec 12 Alvin Kraenzlein, Olympic gold medalist (d. 1928)
  • Dec 15 Ferdinand Hardekopf, writer
  • Dec 19 Carlo Gatti, Italian composer (d. 1965)
  • Dec 20 Jan Van Oudshoorn, [Jan K Feylbrief], Dutch writer (Maze of Senses)
  • Dec 20 Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson (1923-46)
  • Dec 22 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist (Futurism e Futurista), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1944)
  • Dec 25 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Karachi, founded Pakistan (1947)/gov (1947-58)
  • Dec 25 Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, Nobel laureate (d. 1959)
  • Dec 29 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defill√≥], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, born in Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1973)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Hermann Goetz, German composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 20 Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US