What Happened in December 1899

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 US & Germany agree to divide Samoa between them
  • Dec 2 Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
  • Dec 4 56th Congress (1899-1901) convenes
  • Dec 4 Webb Hayes, son of US President Rutherford Hayes, receives medal of honor
  • Dec 9 Boer War: During Siege of Ladysmith, Boers storm King's Post and Caesar's Camp - driven back
  • Dec 10 -15] British "Black Week" due to defeats in South Africa
  • Dec 10 Battle at Storm Berge South Africa - Boers vs British army
  • Dec 10 Frank Wedekind's "Der Kammersang" premieres in Berlin
  • Dec 10 The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity is founded at the City College of New York.
  • Dec 12 1st case of plague on Oahu, Hawaii
  • Dec 12 George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee
  • Dec 15 Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)
  • Dec 18 Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed British supreme commander in South Africa
  • Dec 23 British Field Marshall Lord Roberts departs Southampton to South Africa for the 2nd Boer War
  • Dec 23 Tentative Turkish & German treaty on construction of Baghdad railway
  • Dec 25 Shelling on besieged Ladysmith during the Boer War includes one shell containing a plum pudding
  • Dec 26 Mafeking: Bathe-Powells failed assault up fort Game Tree: 24 killed
  • Dec 29 British fleet seizes German Imperial Mail Steamer Bundesrath accused of carrying contraband

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Robert Welch, founded John Birch Society
  • Dec 2 John Barbirolli, English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Dec 2 John Cobb, British racing driver (d. 1952)
  • Dec 2 Ray Morehart, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • Dec 3 Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1965)
  • Dec 4 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, [Harm Harmstra], Frisian farmer/writer
  • Dec 4 Charles William (Charlie) Spencer Newcastle and England football player (d. 1953)
  • Dec 5 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • Dec 6 Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith
  • Dec 6 Nikolai Batalov, Russian actor (Tretya meshchanskaya, Mother), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1937)
  • Dec 8 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, pianist
  • Dec 8 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1987)
  • Dec 8 Sarah Williamson, US missionary in Liberia
  • Dec 9 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor
  • Dec 9 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1967)
  • Dec 9 Jean de Brunhoff, French children's book author (Babar the Elephant)
  • Dec 9 Leonie Fuller Adams, US poetess (Those not elected)
  • Dec 11 Vera von der Heydt, psychoanalyst
  • Dec 13 Harold Guinzburg, publisher (founder of Literary Guild)
  • Dec 13 Yusef Greiss, composer
  • Dec 15 Frank Vosper, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rome Express), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • Dec 15 Harold Abrahams, English sprinter (d. 1978)
  • Dec 16 Harold Walter Bailey, philologist
  • Dec 16 Noel Coward, England, playwright (In Which We Serve-1942 Acad Award)
  • Dec 21 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), born in Whitewright, Texas (d. 1971)
  • Dec 22 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Dec 22 Wiley Post, Texas, aviation pioneer
  • Dec 25 Frank Fergusson, American character actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place), born in Ferndale, California (d. 1978)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 25 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca - "Here's looking at you, kid"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

  • Dec 25 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born american artist (Depression Scenes in NYC), born in Borisoglebsk, Tambov (d. 1987)
  • Dec 27 Paul Costello, American double sculls (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28)
  • Dec 28 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • Dec 29 Nie Rongzhen, People's Liberation Army Chief of General Staff (d. 1992)
  • Dec 30 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (d. 2001)
  • Dec 31 Gaston Glass, film executive, born in Paris, France
  • Dec 31 Silvestre Revueltas, Santiago Papasquiaro Mexico, composer (Sensemaya)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (killed at Battle of Tirad Pass) (b. 1875)
  • Dec 7 Antoni de Kontski, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 11 Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.
  • Dec 17 Frederick "Freddy" Roberts, son of British field marshal, dies in battle
  • Dec 18 John William Glover, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 22 Dwight L Moody, US evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement), dies
  • Dec 30 James Paget, English surgeon (disease of Paget), dies at 85