What Happened in December 1891

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes
  • Dec 7 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session
  • Dec 19 1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore
  • Dec 19 Canadian Rugby Union forms
  • Dec 20 Strongman Louis Cyr withstands pull of 4 horses

Sports History

Dec 21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

  • Dec 29 Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Foppe G. Scheltema, Dutch lawyer (wreck laws)
  • Dec 2 Charles H. Wesley, American author and historian (The History of Alpha Phi Alpha), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • Dec 5 Al Boasberg, American vaudeville, radio and film comedy writer (Jack Benny; Bob Hope; The Marx Brothers), born In Buffalo, New York (d. 1937)
  • Dec 5 Alexander Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer, born in St Petersburg (d. 1956)
  • Dec 7 Fay Bainter, American actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1968)
  • Dec 9 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet, born in Minsk, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1917)

Nelly Sachs

Dec 10 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German Swedish poet and Playwright (O the Chimneys - Nobel Prize for Literature 1966), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1970)

  • Dec 12 Buck Jones [Charles F Gebhart], American Western actor (Just Pals, Forbidden Trails, War Horse), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • Dec 15 A. P. Carter, American musician (Carter Family), born in Maces Spring, Virginia
  • Dec 17 Robertson Hare, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge), born in London, England
  • Dec 19 Edward Bernard Andre Maria Raczynski, Polish pres-in-exile (1979-86)
  • Dec 21 John W. McCormack, American politician (D) Speaker of House (1962-70), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • Dec 22 Edward L. Bernays, 1st public relations agent, born in Vienna, Austria

Cy Denneny

Dec 23 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

  • Dec 25 Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricket spin bowler (37 Tests; 216 wickets @ 24.21; ICC Cricket Hall of Fame), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1980)
  • Dec 25 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • Dec 25 Kenneth A N Anderson, British general (Dunkerk, North Africa)

Henry Miller

Dec 26 Henry Miller, American author (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)

  • Dec 30 Antoine Pinay, French premier (1952)/minister of Foreign affairs

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Pedro II van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89), dies at 66
  • Dec 6 Émile Bayard, French artist and illustrator, dies at 54
  • Dec 11 Johan C. J. van Schagen, Dutch poet and writer (Narrenwijsheid), dies
  • Dec 17 Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition
  • Dec 17 Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo
  • Dec 23 Holger Simon Paulli, Danish conductor and composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 28 Alfred Cellier, British conductor (Glibert and Sullivan) and composer (Dorothy), dies at 47
  • Dec 29 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker), dies at 68