On This Day

What Happened in December 1907

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Association of Football Players' and Trainers' Union (English Professional Football Players' Association) is formed by Charlie Roberts and Billy Meredith in Manchester, England

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 2 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns retains his title; KOs Englishman Gunner Moir in 10th round at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London

Music Premiere

Dec 3 George M. Cohan's musical "Talk of the Town" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 6 Coal mine explosions in Monongah, West Virginia kills 361
  • Dec 7 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
  • Dec 7 The First Egyptian Nationalist Congress meets under the leadership of Mustafa Kamil Pasha
  • Dec 8 King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
  • Dec 9 First Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington, Delaware, post office)
  • Dec 9 Gustav Mahler departs Vienna for America

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel prize for literature, the first English-language writer to do so

  • Dec 10 The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected.
  • Dec 11 New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire
  • Dec 13 George Gunn scores 119 on Test debut v Australia SCG

Historic Event

Dec 13 German Emperor Wilhelm II visits Amsterdam

  • Dec 14 The schooner Thomas W. Lawson runs aground and founders near the Hellweather's Reef within the Scilly Isles in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die.
  • Dec 15 In Persia, the Shah leads a coup de'etat against the liberal Prime Minister Nasir ul-Mulk and imprisons him, but a popular uprising forces the Shah to restore Nasir ul-Mulk soon after
  • Dec 16 Eugenia Farrar is the 1st to sing over a wireless radio broadcast, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York

Great White Fleet

Dec 16 As a gesture of the US's new presence as a world power, President Theodore Roosevelt sends the 'Great White Fleet' on a round-the-world cruise, visiting ports internationally

  • Dec 17 Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan
  • Dec 19 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 20 Explosion at Yolande Alabama, coal mine kills 91
  • Dec 21 Dutch government of De Master falls due to war budget
  • Dec 22 Saint-Saëns'/Fokine's ballet "Le Cygne" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Dec 23 1st all-steel passengar railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 30 Abraham Mills' Mills Committee declares baseball was invented in 1839 by future American Civil War general Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York; widely disproven, now known as 'the Doubleday myth'
  • Dec 31 For 1st time, a ball drops at Times Square to signal the New Year
  • Dec 31 Gustav Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera, in New York City

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • Dec 1 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • Dec 3 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cu-bop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • Dec 3 Andrew Hutchings, British trade union leader (d. 1996)
  • Dec 3 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (The Boswell Sisters; Pete Kelly's Blues), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • Dec 4 Jo Boer, Dutch painter and author (Catharina & the Magnolias), born in Surabaya, Indonesia (d. 1993)
  • Dec 5 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, born in Huanggang, Hubei, Qing Empire (d. 1971)
  • Dec 5 Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian physicist (Contribution to the discovery of the pion or pi-meson decay), born in Fossombrone, Pesaro, Italy (d. 1993)
  • Dec 6 Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (44 caps; Juventus, Internazionale; mgr Italy), born in Alessandria, Italy (d. 1982)
  • Dec 8 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • Dec 9 Noel Walton Bott, engineer
  • Dec 9 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, born in Ottendorf-Okrilla, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Dec 10 Amedeo Nazzari [Buffa], Italian actor (Nights of Cabiria; Chains; Caravaggio), born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (d. 1979)
  • Dec 10 Michael Blankfort, American writer, producer and director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Dec 10 Rumer Godden, English author (Thursday's Children), born in Eastbourne, Sussex, England (d. 1998)
  • Dec 10 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (scored the first ever FIFA World Cup goal), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France (d. 2005)
  • Dec 11 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • Dec 12 Frederik van Heek, Dutch sociologist, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • Dec 12 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, born in Manila (d. 1979)
  • Dec 12 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die), born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (d. 2015)

Oscar Niemeyer

Dec 15 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2012)

  • Dec 16 Ray C Bliss, (R) Ohio State Republican Chairman
  • Dec 16 Syd Curnow, South African cricket batsman (7 Tests, HS 47; Transvaal), born in Benoni, South Africa (d. 1986)
  • Dec 16 Barbara Kent, Canadian actress (Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil), born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada (d. 2011)
  • Dec 18 Christopher Fry, English playwright (Ring Around the Moon), born in Bristol, England (d. 2005)
  • Dec 18 Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • Dec 19 Jimmy McLarnin, former Welterweight Champion (d. 2004)
  • Dec 20 Paul Francis Webster, American lyricist ("Love Is A Many Splendored Thing"; "The Shadow Of Your Smile"; "I Got It Bad, And That Ain't Good"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Dec 21 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch poet & literary (Poet in Love), born in Stroobos, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • Dec 22 Peggy Ashcroft [Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft], British actress (Dear Brutus, Happy Days), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1991)
  • Dec 22 Yoshio Hasegawa, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)
  • Dec 23 Don McNeill, American Radio and TV host (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Galena, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • Dec 23 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)
  • Dec 23 Avraham Stern, Polish-born Zionist leader (d. 1942)
  • Dec 24 I. F. Stone, American journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Dec 25 (Cabell) Cab Calloway, American singer, bandleader ("Minnie the Moocher"; "The Jumpin' Jive"), writer, radio host, and actor (The Blues Brothers), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 25 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)
  • Dec 25 Mike Mazurki, Austrian-American actor and professional wrestler (Some Like It Hot, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World), born in Tarnopol, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1990)
  • Dec 27 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher
  • Dec 27 Nils-Eric Ringbom, Finnish composer, born in Turku (d. 1978)
  • Dec 27 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch cellist, composer, and conductor (Residentie Orkest, 1949-73; Melbourne Symphony, 1967-70; Sydney Symphony, 1971-77), born in Winterswijk, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • Dec 27 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and writer (d. 1999)
  • Dec 27 Conrad L. Raiford, Goodwill Ambassador (d. 2002)
  • Dec 28 Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel
  • Dec 29 James Gardner, British museum & exhibition designer, born in Hendon, London (d. 1995)
  • Dec 30 Christine Auwen, Dutch model, singer and actress (Haghezangers), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Dec 30 Robert Grant Ferris, British politician (d. 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Allen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76
  • Dec 8 Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies

William Thomson

Dec 17 William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-Scottish mathematical physicist (Kelvin Scale) and engineer (transatlantic telegraph), dies of a chill at 83

  • Dec 21 Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (public baths), dies at 58
  • Dec 23 Pierre Janssen, French astronomer, discovered helium, dies at 83
  • Dec 24 Isidor Feinstein "Izzy" Stone, journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), dies
  • Dec 31 Jules de Trooz, Belgium politician, Prime Minister of Belgium (1907), dies in office at 63