On This Day

What Happened in December 1912

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Boston Braves MLB franchise owner James Gaffney buys the Allston Golf Club on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston with a plan to construct a ball park there; ground breaking for Braves Field starts on March 20, 1915
  • 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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Gustaf Dalén for inventing automatic regulators for gas accumulators for lighthouses and buoys

Industrialist and Inventor Gustaf Dalén
Industrialist and Inventor
Gustaf Dalén
  • 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

AssassinationAssassination Attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge

Dec 23 Indian revolutionary underground in Bengal and Punjab, headed by Rash Behari Bose attempts to assassinate the Viceroy of India, Lord Hardinge by throwing a homemade bomb into the Viceroys's Howdah (elephant carriage) during a ceremonial procession through the streets of Delhi. Although wounded, the Viceroy survives. Investigations lead to the Delhi conspiracy trial.
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An assassination attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge (1858-1944) Viceroy of India, illustration from 'Le Petit Journal'
An assassination attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge (1858-1944) Viceroy of India, illustration from 'Le Petit Journal'
  • 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 1 Ken Willingham, English soccer right half (12 caps; Huddersfield Town), born in Ecclesfield, Sheffield, England (d. 1975)
  • Dec 1 Cookie Lavagetto, American baseball third baseman, manager and coach (MLB All Star 1938-41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Washington Senators), born in Oakland, California (d. 1990)
  • Dec 4 Ian Wallace [John Wallace Pritchard], American sci-fi author (Megalomania), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Dec 4 Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot (United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II), born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (d. 1988)
  • Dec 5 Maisie Fitter, editor and conservationist (d. 1996)
  • Dec 7 Daniel Jones, Welsh composer, born in Pembroke, Wales (d. 1993)
  • Dec 8 Jura Soyfer, Austrian political journalist 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 9 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), born in NYC, NY (d. 1971)
  • Dec 10 Philip Hart, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Dec 11 Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago), born in Magenta, Lombardy (d. 2007)
  • Dec 15 Ray Eames, American designer and filmmaker, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1988)
  • Dec 18 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American General (d. 2002)
  • Dec 22 Claudia A. "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson, American first lady (1963-1969), born in Karnack, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Dec 22 Doris Duke, American heiress (American Tobacco Co.), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 Henry Armstrong, American professional boxer and 1938 world boxing champion, born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 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 (d. 1990)
  • Dec 31 John Frost, British airborne officer, born in Pune, India (d. 1993)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette

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, dies at 25
  • Dec 23 Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist, dies at 62
  • Dec 30 Alfred von Kiderlen-Wächter, German foreign minister, dies at 60