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

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Dec 3 George 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

Nobel prizeNobel 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 German Emperor Wilhelm II visits Amsterdam

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 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 Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio (Bkln Navy Yard NY)

Historic DiscoveryGreat 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
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  • 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, Pa
  • Dec 30 Abraham Mills' commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball
  • Dec 31 For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the New Year
  • Dec 31 Gustav Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • Dec 3 Andrew Hutchings, teachers' leader
  • 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 8 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • Dec 9 Noel Walton Bott, engineer
  • Dec 10 Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), 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)
  • Dec 15 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 16 Ray C Bliss, (R) Ohio State Republican Chairman
  • Dec 16 Syd Curnow, cricketer (South African batsman in 7 Tests 1930-32)
  • Dec 16 Barbara Kent, Canadian actress (Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil), born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada (d. 2011)
  • Dec 18 Christopher Fry, playwright (Ring Around the Moon), born in Bristol, England
  • 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, born in New York City, 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, Galena Ill, host (Don McNeill TV Club)
  • 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 Cab[ell] Calloway, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 25 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)
  • Dec 25 Mike Mazurki, Austrian-American actor and 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 conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), 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 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, Dutch model/singer (Haghezangers)
  • 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

Person of interestWilliam Thomson

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

Mathematical Physicist and Engineer William Thomson
Mathematical Physicist and Engineer
William Thomson
  • Dec 21 Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (public baths), dies at 58
  • Dec 24 Isidor Feinstein "Izzy" Stone, journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), dies
  • Dec 31 Jules de Trooz, Belgium PM, dies at 63