What Happened in December 1905

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 British government of Arthur Balfour resigns

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • Dec 5 Henry Campbell-Bannermam (Lib) becomes UK PM
  • Dec 9 French Assembly National votes for separation of church & state
  • Dec 9 Richard Strauss' opera "Salome" premieres in Dresden
  • Dec 11 120°F (49°C), Rivadavia, Argentina (South American record)
  • Dec 11 British government of Campbell-Bannerman forms
  • Dec 11 A workers uprising occurs, establishing the Shuliavka Republic in Kiev.
  • Dec 15 The Pushkin House is established in St. Petersburg to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin
  • Dec 16 "Variety" covering all phases of show business, 1st published
  • Dec 18 H V Hordern takes 8-81 in 2nd innings of F-C debut (NSW v Qld)
  • Dec 22 Arrest of St Petersburg Soviet members leads to an uprising of Moscow workers and fighting in the street
  • Dec 25 V Herbert/H Blossoms musical "Mlle Modiste" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 27 M A Noble scores 281 (369 mins, 21 fours) NSW v Victoria
  • Dec 28 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)
  • Dec 28 NSW all out for 805 vs Victoria, win by innings & 253
  • Dec 30 Former Governor Frank Steunenberg is assassinated near his home in Caldwell, Idaho

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Charles Finney, American author (Circus of Dr Lao)
  • Dec 1 Ida Carroll, English musician and administrator, (d. 1995)
  • Dec 1 Alexander Wilson, Canadian and Notre Dame athlete (d. 1994)
  • Dec 2 Osvaldo Pugliese, musician/composer
  • Dec 3 Leslie Ames, cricketer (England wicket-keeper of 30's Outstanding batsman)
  • Dec 4 Emílio Garrastazu Médici, 28th President of Brazil (1969-74), born in Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • Dec 5 Otto Preminger, Austrian director and producer (Laura, Exodus), born in Wiznitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1986)
  • Dec 5 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1984)
  • Dec 7 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune), born in Tuitjenhorn, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • Dec 8 Charles Cushing, composer
  • Dec 8 Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer
  • Dec 8 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • Dec 8 Julius Silverman, politician
  • Dec 9 Dalton Trumbo, American writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)
  • Dec 11 Eugen Fink, German philosopher, born in Konstanz, German Empire (d. 1975)
  • Dec 11 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), born in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1994)
  • Dec 11 Koos van de Griend, Dutch composer, born in Kampen, Netherlands (d. 1950)
  • Dec 11 Robert Henriques, English writer (100 Hours to Suez) (d. 1967)
  • Dec 12 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), born in Zabolotiv, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Dec 12 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), born in Marseille (d. 1991)
  • Dec 14 Sydney Lipton, British bandleader, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Dec 15 Ferenc Farkas, composer
  • Dec 16 Piet Hein, poet/inventor
  • Dec 17 Joseph Heifitz, film director
  • Dec 17 Simo Häyhä, Finnish sniper (d. 2002)
  • Dec 17 Érico Lopes Veríssimo, Brazilian writer (d. 1975)
  • Dec 18 Richard Sturzenegger, composer
  • Dec 19 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/choreographer
  • Dec 20 Albert Dekker, American actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1968)
  • Dec 20 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner), born in White Cliffs, Australia
  • Dec 21 Anthony Powell, English novelist (Infants of Spring), born in Westminster, United Kingdom (d. 2000)
  • Dec 22 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet & translator & critical essayist (Birds in the Bush), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1982)
  • Dec 22 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)
  • Dec 23 Arn Bjornsson, composer
  • Dec 24 Anna "Ans" van Dike ("the Young"), Jewish nazi collaborator, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1948)

Person of interestHoward Hughes

Dec 24 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator (Hughes Aircraft), born in Humble, Texas (d. 1976)

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • Dec 27 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), born in Randwick, Australia (d. 1972)
  • Dec 28 Cliff Arquette, comedian (Charlie Weaver), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • Dec 28 "Vizzy" Maharajkumar of Vizianagram [Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Vijay Ananda Gajapathi Raju], Indian cricketer, cricket administrator and politician, born in India (d. 1965)
  • Dec 30 Emmanuel Levinas, philosopher
  • Dec 30 Daniil Kharms [Yuvatchov], Russian surrealist and absurdist writer, poet, and playwright, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)
  • Dec 31 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), born in Flers, France (d. 1975)
  • Dec 31 Jule Styne, English songwriter & composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • Dec 31 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), born in Sekežintsõ, Ostrog (d. 1970)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 9 Henry Holmes, English violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 29 Martin Wiberg, Swedish computer pioneer, dies at 79