What Happened in December 1902

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Dutch soccer club Be Quick - later Go Ahead, forms in Deventer; suffix 'Eagles' added in 1971
  • Dec 7 Britain and Germany issue an ultimatum to Venezuela demanding that President Cipriano Castro pay claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899

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Dec 8 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on US Supreme Court

  • Dec 9 AL announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in NY
  • Dec 10 Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania.

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Dec 10 German organic chemist Emil Fischer is award the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on sugar and purine syntheses

Chemist and Nobel Laureate Emil Fischer
Chemist and Nobel Laureate
Emil Fischer
  • Dec 11 The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products

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Dec 13 British and German ships bombard Venezuelan forts after President Castro refuses to comply with ultimatum demanding damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899; Castro asks US President Theodore Roosevelt to arbitrate

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Dec 15 German agricultural tariffs are increased
  • Dec 17 Frank Wedekind's "Der Erdgeist" premieres in Berlin

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Dec 18 British parliament passes the Education Act, which will come to be regarded as the most important legislation of Arthur Balfour's government

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • Dec 25 Clyde Fitch' "Girl with Green Eyes" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 25 Pope Leo XIII, at his annual Christmas reception, endorses the Christian Democratic movement now emerging in Europe as an attempt to offer an alternative to more radical movements
  • Dec 26 Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) & Christy Williams (42)
  • Dec 28 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Philadelphia 6-0 (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • Dec 28 Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US

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Dec 29 "The Entertainer" is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • Dec 2 Horace A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49)
  • Dec 2 Miroslav Ponc, composer
  • Dec 3 Willem Arnold de Vries Robbe, composer
  • Dec 5 Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (Sen-D/R-SC), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Dec 6 Virgilio Mortari, Italian composer, born in Passirana, Italy (d. 1993)
  • Dec 7 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), born in Fulgaon, Maharashtra, India (d. 1979)
  • Dec 8 Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (d. 1982)

Person of interestMargaret Hamilton

Dec 9 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1985)

  • Dec 9 Richard A Butler, England, Dutch min of Finance/Foreign affairs
  • Dec 12 Howard Koch, American playwright and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • Dec 12 Koloman Sokol, Slovak painter, born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia (d. 2003)
  • Dec 13 Paul Kurzbach, German composer, born in Hohndorf, Germany (d. 1997)
  • Dec 13 Talcott Parsons, American sociologist, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1979)
  • Dec 14 Frances Bavier, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • Dec 14 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), born in Naugatuck, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • Dec 15 Robert F. Bradford, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • Dec 17 Albert Drach, Austrian-Jewish writer, born in Vienna (d. 1995)
  • Dec 19 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symph Orchestra)

Person of interestRalph Richardson

Dec 19 Ralph Richardson, English actor (Anna Karenina, Doctor Zhivago), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1983)

  • Dec 20 Max Lerner, American journalist & educator (NY Post), born in Minsk, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Dec 20 Sidney Hook, American philosopher (Paradoxes of Freedom), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 20 George Edward Alexander Windsor, Duke of Kent, born in York Cottage, United Kingdom (d. 1942)
  • Dec 22 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, French WW II hero (liberator of Paris), born in Belloy-Saint-Léonard, France (d. 1947)
  • Dec 22 Joe Adonis, Italian American crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, born in Montemarano, Italy (d. 1971)
  • Dec 23 Norman Maclean, American author (d. 1990)
  • Dec 23 Charan Singh, Indian politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (1979-80), born in Noorpur District, British India (d. 1987)
  • Dec 25 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quaterback, I Dream of Jeannie), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • Dec 26 Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan, Russian painter (d. 1980)
  • Dec 27 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), born in Budapest (d. 1969)
  • Dec 28 Mortimer J Adler, American author (Encyclopedia Brittanica), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 28 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), born in Zhen'gan, Hunan Province (d. 1988)
  • Dec 29 Nels Stewart, Canadian hockey player, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1957)
  • Dec 31 Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1982)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)
  • Dec 4 Charles Dow, American journalist and economist (co-founded Dow Jones and 1st editor of Wall St Journal), dies at 51
  • Dec 5 Henry Stephen Cutler, American composer, dies at 78

Person of interestThomas Nast

Dec 7 Thomas Nast, US political cartoonist, dies at 62

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • Dec 11 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), dies at 68
  • Dec 22 Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, psychiatrist, dies at 62