On This Day

What Happened in December 1909

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa
  • Dec 1 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef
  • Dec 2 National Hockey Association (NHA) is formed in Montreal; original members include Montreal Wanderers and Montreal Canadiens; becomes NHL after some NHA teams leave due to ownership disagreements, and create their own league
  • Dec 4 1st CFL Grey Cup, Rosedale Field, Toronto: University of Toronto Blues beat Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26-6; Blues undefeated
  • Dec 4 Oldest still-operating NHL franchise is officially established as J. Ambrose O’Brien and Jack Laviolette create the “Club de Hockey Canadien,” known today as the Montreal Canadiens

InventionHistoric Invention

Dec 7 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Chemist
Leo Baekeland
  • Dec 8 Bird banding society found
  • Dec 9 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Dec 11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Dec 11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • Dec 15 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Dec 16 A conservative revolution and US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos from office
  • Dec 17 Leopold II, king of Belgium, died in Laeken after a reign of exactly 44 years
  • Dec 21 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Clyde Fitch's "City" premieres in NYC

Playwright Clyde Fitch
Playwright
Clyde Fitch
  • Dec 21 Unitversity of Copenhagen rejects American Explorer Frederick A Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
  • Dec 23 Albert I becomes the third King of the Belgians

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, born in Kudowa (d. 2001)
  • Dec 3 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter (You Ought To Be In Pictures), born in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • Dec 4 Jimmy Jewel [James Jewel Marsh], British comedic actor (The Avengers, Thicker Than Water), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • Dec 6 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC), born in Paddington, Sydney, Australia (d. 1996)
  • Dec 6 Kenneth Watkins, British woodland conservationist and founder (The Woodland Trust) (d. 1996)
  • Dec 7 Jacob Kainen, American painter and curator, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • Dec 7 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • Dec 8 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Dec 9 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Dec 11 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), born in Toowoomba, Queensland (d. 1991)
  • Dec 11 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager, born in Kidderminster, England (d. 1989)
  • Dec 12 Armand Boni, Flemish poet and writer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991)
  • Dec 12 Karen Morley, American actress (Scarface), born in Ottumwa, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • Dec 14 Edward L Tatum, American molecular geneticist and biochemist (Nobel Prize 1958), born in Boulder, Colorado (d. 1975)
  • Dec 14 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Dec 16 Henricus Verbunt, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • Dec 16 Lall Singh, cricketer (scored 15 & 29 in India's 1st Test match)
  • Dec 18 Mona Barrie [Smith], British-American actress (Dawn on Great Divide), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • Dec 19 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (d. 2002)
  • Dec 20 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), born in Horsens, Jutland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 20 Vakkom Majeed, Indian freedom fighter & politician, born in the Kingdom of Travancore (d. 2000)
  • Dec 21 George Ball, American politician and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN, Under Secretary of State), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • Dec 21 Seichō Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1992)
  • Dec 22 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)
  • Dec 22 Patricia Hayes, British actress (A Fish Called Wanda), born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1998)
  • Dec 23 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 23 Don Cleverley, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests for NZ 1932 & 1946, took 0-130), born in Otago, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Dec 23 Maurice Denham, British actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), born in Beckenham, England (d. 2002)
  • Dec 24 Adam Popovich, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 24 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Foreign Affairs (1956-68), born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1970)
  • Dec 25 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter (post-war abstraction), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Dec 28 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas
  • Dec 28 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet (Subrani Sutsjinenija)
  • Dec 28 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), born in South Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1970)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Paul-Albert Besnard, French painter and graphic artist (Elle), dies at 60
  • Dec 7 Whitcomb Judson, American inventor (zipper), dies at 63
  • Dec 10 Red Cloud, Sioux indian chief, dies
  • Dec 11 Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • Dec 13 Innokenti Annenski, Russian poet and interpreter, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Dec 14 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), sole owner of the Congo Free State (1885-1908), dies at 74
  • Dec 15 Francisco Tárrega, Spanish composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 17 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), dies at 74
  • Dec 20 Benjamin Ipavec, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Nicolaas G Pierson, director Suriname/Dutch Bank, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Frederic Remington, American artist and sculptor of American West, dies at 48