On This Day

What Happened in December 1898

Historical Events

  • Dec 10 Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • Dec 10 The first western pilgrims were welcomed at The House of `Abdu'lláh Páshá
  • Dec 12 1st first-class cricket game between Australian states NSW and Tasmania
  • Dec 18 Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 French Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium

Physicist Marie Curie
Physicist
Marie Curie
  • Dec 24 Herman Heijermans' "Ghetto" premieres in Amsterdam

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Indra Lal Roy, Indian pilot (d. 1918)
  • Dec 3 Lev Konstantinovich Knipper, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 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 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 orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Brooklyn, New York

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