What Happened in December 1895

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 54th Congress (1895-97) convenes
  • Dec 7 Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies
  • Dec 8 Battle at Amba Alagi: Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II drives Italian General Baratieri out
  • Dec 13 First complete execution of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony
  • Dec 17 Anti-Saloon League of America formed, Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 17 George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass)
  • Dec 28 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris
  • Dec 29 Dr L S Jameson begins failed raid on Johannesburg

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Henry Williamson, English author (d. 1977)
  • Dec 2 Klaas Voskuil, journalist
  • Dec 2 Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)
  • Dec 3 Anna Freud, Austrian/English psychoanalytist/daughter of Sigmund F
  • Dec 4 Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag), born in Vollsjö, Sweden (d. 1972)
  • Dec 4 Fung Yu-lan, Chinese philosopher, born in Tanghe County, Henan, Qing Dynasty (d. 1990)
  • Dec 5 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1952)
  • Dec 5 Elbert Frank Cox, African-American mathematician (first African-American to receive PhD in Mathematics), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • Dec 7 Jack Pennick, American actor (Lady From Louisiana), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1964)
  • Dec 9 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, born in Barcelona (d. 1936)
  • Dec 11 Eddie Dowling, American actor (Rainbow Man, Anywhere USA), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • Dec 14 Paul Éluard, French communist and poet, born in Saint-Denis, France (d. 1952)

Person of interestGeorge VI

Dec 14 George VI, King of the United Kingdom (1936-52), born in Norfolk, England (d. 1952)

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Dec 16 Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia
  • Dec 17 Gerald Patterson, Australian tennis player (3-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1967)
  • Dec 19 Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian author/poet (Loke Saar Havre)
  • Dec 19 Maurice Roelants, Flemish novelist and poet (Komen en gaan, Prayer for a Good End), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Dec 20 Susanne Langer, American philosopher & educator (Philosophy in a New Key), born in Manhattan, New York City
  • Dec 21 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1949)
  • Dec 24 E. Roland Harriman, American financier, born in New York City, New York (d. 1978)
  • Dec 27 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • Dec 30 August De Boodt, Belgian politician

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Poet Robert Frost (21) weds Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence, Massachusetts


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 13 Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (b. 1800)
  • Dec 25 Raul Pompeia, Brazilian writer (O Ateneu), dies at 32
  • Dec 30 LP Hartley, British writer, dies