On This Day

What Happened on December 15, 1896

Famous Birthdays

  • Betty Smith, American novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American bio-chemist (Nobel 1947-discovery of how glycogen (animal starch) – a derivative of glucose – is broken down and resynthesized in the body, for use as a store and source of energy), born in Prague (d. 1984)
  • George Cressey, American geographer (Asia's Lands & Peoples), born in Tiffin, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • Margaret Bannerman, Canadian actress (Elopement), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)

Person of interestMiles Dempsey

Miles Dempsey, British WWII general (XIII Corps, Second Army), born in New Brighton, Cheshire (d. 1969)

British WWII General Miles Dempsey
British WWII General
Miles Dempsey
  • Paul Citroen, Dutch sculptor, born in Berlin (d. 1983)

Famous Deaths

  • John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
1896 Highlights

About December 15, 1896

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 123 years, 6 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius