On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1882

Day of the Week: Sunday

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Jones, American horse trainer who trained 6 winners of the Kentucky Derby (Citation, Whirlaway), born in Parnell, Missouri (d. 1961)
  • David Cohen, Dutch historian and chairman of the Jewish Council, born in Deventer, Holland (d. 1967)

Famous Deaths

  • Leon Michel Gambetta, French attorney and 37th Prime Minister of France (1881-82), dies at 44