On This Day

What Happened in December 1898

Historical Events

Spain Declares War Against the United States

Dec 10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish–American War is signed by US President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam

  • Dec 10 The first western pilgrims welcomed at The House of `Abdu'lláh Páshá
  • Dec 12 1st first-class cricket game between Australian states NSW and Tasmania
  • Dec 18 First automobile speed record set of 63 kph (39 mph) by French Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat of Paris

Historic Event

Dec 21 Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium

  • Dec 24 Herman Heijermans' "Ghetto" premieres in Amsterdam

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Indra Lal Roy, Indian World War I flying ace, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1918)
  • Dec 3 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, born in Tiflis, Russian Empire [now Tbilisi, Georgia] (d. 1974)
  • Dec 5 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, born in Malihabad, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1982)
  • Dec 5 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), born in Slabtown, Tennessee (d. 1947)
  • Dec 6 Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photojournalist (V-J Day in Times Square), born in Dirschau, West Prussia, German Empire (d. 1995)
  • Dec 6 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and economist (Nobel 1974), born in Gagnef, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • Dec 6 Herman Shumlin, American Broadway producer, director and actor (Watch on the Rhine), born in Atwood, Colorado (d. 1979)
  • Dec 9 Emmett Kelly, American circus clown (Weary Willie), born in Sedan, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • Dec 10 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter (d. 1962)
  • Dec 10 Yuri Nikolayevich Libedinski, Ukrainian writer (Birth of Hero), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1959)
  • Dec 11 Nils Johan Einar Ferlin, Swedish poet (Barfotabarn), born in Karlstad, Sweden (d. 1961)
  • Dec 13 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1964)
  • Dec 14 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1982)
  • Dec 15 Fernando Remacha, Spanish composer, born in Tudela, Navarre, Spain (d. 1984)
  • Dec 18 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist
  • Dec 20 Irene Dunne, American actress (Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • Dec 21 Ira S. Bowen, American physicist & astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), born in Seneca Falls, New York (d. 1973)
  • Dec 22 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, born in Middlesex, England (d. 1984)
  • Dec 22 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, Soviet physicist, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1974)
  • Dec 24 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1967)
  • Dec 24 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • Dec 25 Theo Swagemakers, Dutch portrait painter
  • Dec 28 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)
  • Dec 28 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)
  • Dec 29 Jeanne Leleu, French pianist & composer, Saint-Mihiel, France (d. 1979)
  • Dec 30 Vincent Lopez, American jazz pianist and big-band leader ("Nola"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975) [1]

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 13 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip Van Winkle), dies at 72
  • Dec 16 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector, dies at 65
  • Dec 24 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, dies at 41
  • Dec 24 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI, dies at 70 (b. 1828)
  • Dec 29 Georg Goltermann, German cellist and composer, dies at 74