On This Day

What Happened in December 1886

Historical Events


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 8 American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • Dec 16 Rift at Dutch Reformed Church over "Doleantie"
  • Dec 22 1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Aust, Otago), born in Cane Hill, Surrey, England (d. 1963)
  • Dec 1 Pierre Kemp, Dutch poet (Fugitives & Constants)
  • Dec 1 Rex Stout, American mystery writer (Nero Wolf novels), born in Noblesville, Indiana (d. 1975)
  • Dec 1 Willem E Crown, Antillian writer
  • Dec 1 Zhu De, Chinese general and politician (commander-in-chief of Eighth Route Army), born in Yilong Country, Qing Dynasty (d. 1976)
  • Dec 2 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), born in Broken Bow, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • Dec 3 Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist (Nobel 1924-discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1978)
  • Dec 5 Pieter Oud, Dutch politician and Mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), born in Purmerend, Netherlands (d. 1968)

Person of interestJoyce Kilmer

Dec 6 Joyce Kilmer, American poet (Trees), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1918)

Person of interestDiego Rivera

Dec 8 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and husband of Frida Kahlo, born in Guanajuato, México (d. 1957)

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera

Person of interestClarence Birdseye

Dec 9 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor and founder of the modern frozen food industry (Birdseye), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1956)

Person of interestVictor McLaglen

Dec 10 Victor McLaglen, English actor (Informer - Academy Award 1935), born in Tunbridge Wells, England (d. 1959)

  • Dec 10 William Booth, England Test cricket batsman (WWI 2 Tests), born in Pudsey, England (d. 1916)
  • Dec 12 Owen Moore, Irish actor (She Done Him Wrong), born in County Meath, Ireland (d. 1939)
  • Dec 13 Lambertus Johannes van Apeldoorn, Dutch lawyer (martial law), born in IJlst, Netherlands (d. 1979)

Person of interestTy Cobb

Dec 18 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, born in Narrows, Georgia (d. 1961)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Dec 20 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 20 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), born in Healdsburg, California (d. 1974)
  • Dec 21 George Norman Peterkin, English composer & music publisher, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1982)
  • Dec 21 Hermann A. J. Kees, German Egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology)
  • Dec 23 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Message from the Madhouse)
  • Dec 24 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born American film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1962)
  • Dec 25 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 2 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London

US First Lady Edith Roosevelt
US First Lady
Edith Roosevelt
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low (26) weds William Mackay Low in Savannah, Georgia

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84
  • Dec 14 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, Polish-Russian composer, dies at 27
  • Dec 30 William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 68