What Happened in December 1912

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Gerrit Brinkman becomes 1st Dutch traffic officer
  • Dec 3 Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece & Bulgaria sign weapons pact
  • Dec 3 First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli takes place.
  • Dec 5 The Triple Alliance among Italy, Austria, and Germany (originally signed in 1882) is renewed for six years, beginning in 1914, a move inspired by instability in the Balkans
  • Dec 6 China votes for universal human rights
  • Dec 7 Bust of Queen Nefertiti found in El-Amarna, Egypt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 Wilhelm II of Germany calls 'War Council'

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Dec 12 Rudolf Friml and Otto Harbach's musical "Firefly" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 16 1st US postage stamp picturing an airplane, 20 cent parcel post, issued
  • Dec 16 Austria-Hungary engage in conflict with Serbia
  • Dec 16 First Balkan War: The Ottoman Navy is defeated by the Royal Hellenic Navy at the Battle of Eli
  • Dec 17 Albania's de facto independence from the Ottoman Empire is recognized at the London Conference of Ambassadors
  • Dec 18 Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is supposedly found in the Piltdown Gravel Pit, by Charles Dawson.
  • Dec 20 J Hartley Manners' "Peg O' My Heart" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 20 Paul Claudels "L'Annonce Faite à Marie" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 21 Denmark, Norway & Sweden declare neutrality in Comende war
  • Dec 23 1st "Keystone Kops" film, entitled "Hoffmeyer's Legacy"
  • Dec 23 Aswan Low Dam in Nile begins operation
  • Dec 23 In Delhi, India, terrorist agitation continues as British Viceroy Lord Hardinge is wounded by a bomb explosion
  • Dec 24 Irving Fisher patents archiving system with index cards
  • Dec 28 National Council of Young Israel convenes
  • Dec 28 1st municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California as SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary St (MUNI)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Minoru Yamasaki, architect (World Trade Center, NY)
  • Dec 1 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher
  • Dec 4 Jack Walsh, NSW/Leicestershire cricket china bowler (didn't rep Aust)
  • Dec 4 John W Pritchard, [Ian Wallace], American sci-fi author (Megalomania)
  • Dec 4 Pappy Boyington, American pilot (d. 1988)
  • Dec 5 Maisie Fitter, editor/conservationist
  • Dec 7 Daniel Jones, composer
  • Dec 8 Jura Soyfer, political and cabaret writer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1939)
  • Dec 9 Tip O'Neill, American politician and 47th speaker of the house (D-Ma: 1977-86), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Dec 10 Philip A. Hart, U.S. Senator (d. 1976)
  • Dec 11 Carlo Ponti, Magenta, Lombardy, Italian producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago)
  • Dec 12 Yusef Bedri, educationist
  • Dec 15 Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)
  • Dec 18 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American General (d. 2002)
  • Dec 22 Claudia A "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson, 1st lady (1963-1969)
  • Dec 22 Doris Duke, heiress (American Tobacco Co), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 Henry Armstrong, held feather/light/welterweight boxing titles (1938)
  • Dec 25 Donald McRae, cricketer (Test for NZ, the 1946 debacle vs Australia)
  • Dec 25 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist
  • Dec 25 Leighton Noble, singer/bandleader
  • Dec 25 Werner Fussan, composer
  • Dec 25 Willian Noel Moffet, architect
  • Dec 29 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dec 31 Maj-Gen John Frost, British para commander (d. 1993)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Author Colette (39) weds "Le Matin" newspaper editor Henri de Jouvenel

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Prudente José de Morais Barros, 3rd President of Brazil (1894-98), dies at 61
  • Dec 7 George Darwin, theorized Moon was pulled out of Pacific Ocean, dies
  • Dec 12 Luitpold von Bayern, prince-regent of Bayern, dies at 91
  • Dec 14 Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, British Army lieutenant (b. 1887)
  • Dec 23 Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist, dies at 62
  • Dec 30 Alfred von Kiderlen-Wächter, German foreign minister, dies at 60