What Happened in December 1911

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Willis Carrier presents his influential "Rational Psychrometric Formulae" on air conditioning to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Engineer Willis Carrier
Willis Carrier
  • Dec 7 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 National Hockey Association forms with New Westminster, Vancouver & Victoria
  • Dec 10 Calbraith Rogers completes 1st crossing of US by airplane in 84 days
  • Dec 10 Dutch lawyer Tobias Asser receives the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 12 Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Norwegian Roald Amundsen's expedition is the 1st to each the South Pole

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Dec 23 Frank Wedekind's "Oaha, die Satire der Satire" premieres in Munich
  • Dec 23 Opera "I Gioielli Della Madonna" is produced (Berlin)
  • Dec 25 Edward Knoblock's "Kismet" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 29 Proclamation restores "Dei Gratia" from Canada's coins
  • Dec 29 San Francisco Symphony forms

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 29 Sun Yat-sen elected 1st President of the Republic of China

Father of Modern China Sun Yat-sen
Father of Modern China
Sun Yat-sen
  • Dec 29 Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty
  • Dec 30 English cricketer Sydney Barnes takes 5-6 in 1st 11 overs v Australia at MCG

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 31 Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize

Physicist Marie Curie
Marie Curie

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Walter Alston, baseball manager (Dodgers)
  • Dec 1 Calvin Griffith, Canadian-born baseball executive (d. 1999)
  • Dec 3 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures)
  • Dec 3 Nino Rota, composer (Torquemada), born in Milan, Italy
  • Dec 5 Alfred Manessier, French painter (leaded windows)
  • Dec 5 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist (d. 2000)
  • Dec 6 Alfred James Broomhall, Methodist missionary
  • Dec 8 Lee J Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • Dec 8 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist (d. 1992)

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

Dec 9 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

  • Dec 9 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese educator (d. 2007)
  • Dec 10 Chet Huntley, Cardwell Mont, newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report)
  • Dec 11 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2006)
  • Dec 11 Vincent Henry Kemp, poet
  • Dec 12 Anna Russell, composer

Person of interestKenneth Patchen

Dec 13 Kenneth Patchen, American poet and novelist (Cloth of the Tempest), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1972)

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Kenneth Patchen
  • Dec 13 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, born in Skedsmo, Norway (d. 1999)
  • Dec 14 Ota Adler, Czech/British fur trader/founder (Federal Trust)
  • Dec 14 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1965)
  • Dec 14 Hans von Ohain, German-American aerospace engineer (d. 1998)
  • Dec 15 Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)
  • Dec 15 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (d. 1991)
  • Dec 17 William Roerick, American actor (The Wasp Woman, Guiding Light), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • Dec 18 Helen Vlachos, journalist
  • Dec 18 Jules Dassin, Middletown CT, director (Circle of Two, Never on Sunday)
  • Dec 20 Hortense Calisher, American novelist (Arts & Letters 1967), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 21 Josh Gibson, pro baseball player, "Negro Babe Ruth" (hit 800+ HRs)
  • Dec 21 Paul Burkhard, composer
  • Dec 22 Grote Reber, American astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope)
  • Dec 23 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • Dec 23 Niels Jerne, immunologist
  • Dec 24 Eric Briault, educationalist
  • Dec 24 Malcolm MacEwen, writer
  • Dec 25 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist
  • Dec 25 Louise Bourgeois, sculptor
  • Dec 26 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (d. 1962)
  • Dec 26 Steve Kordek, pinball machine designer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Dec 27 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Jan 1]
  • Dec 28 Phani Majumdar, filmmaker
  • Dec 28 Sam Levenson, American humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Dec 31 Dal Stivens, Australian novelist (d. 1997)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 7 William Griggs, English inventor (photo chromo lithography), dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Joseph D Hooker, British botanist, dies at 94
  • Dec 11 Thomas Ball, US sculptor/painter/singer, dies at 92
  • Dec 13 Reg Duff, cricketer (23 Tests for Australia 1902-05, 1317 runs), dies
  • Dec 18 Alberto Randegger, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Karl L Hoschna, composer, dies at 34