What Happened in December 1913

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st drive-up gasoline station opens (Pitts)

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Dec 1 Ford Motor Company institutes world's 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Dec 1 Flag of Greece officially raised at Firka Fortress, Chania Crete symbolising the union of Crete and Greece.
  • Dec 2 Archdiocese of Managua created
  • Dec 2 French Government of Louis Barthou falls due to overtime conscription
  • Dec 6 White Sox beat Giants 9-4 in exhibition game in Tokyo
  • Dec 8 Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in SF
  • Dec 9 Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris
  • Dec 9 John K Tener becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Dec 10 Dutch scientist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes receives Nobel prize for physics

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Dec 10 Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore becomes the first non-European to be presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature for "Gitanjali"

  • Dec 11 "Mona Lisa" recovered 2 years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum
  • Dec 12 Hebrew language officially used to teach in Palestinian schools
  • Dec 13 British foreign minister Sir Edward Grey proposes that southern Albania be divided between Greece and Albania with compensation to Greece in the Aegean islands
  • Dec 14 Greece formally takes possession of Crete
  • Dec 15 Nicaragua becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty

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Dec 16 Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • Dec 18 The Indian Inquiry Commission, also known as the Solomon Commission, commences its sittings in Pretoria
  • Dec 19 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 rounds for heavyweight boxing title
  • Dec 21 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in NY World

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Dec 23 US President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

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Dec 26 Ambrose Bierce’s last known communication, a letter to his close friend Blanche Partington

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • Dec 29 1st movie serial "Adventures of Kathlyn" premieres in Chicago
  • Dec 30 Barnes takes 17 wickets vs South Africa (8-56 & 9-103)

Famous Birthdays

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Dec 1 Mary Martin, American actress (Peter Pan) and Larry Hagman's mom, born in Weatherford, Texas (d. 1990)

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • Dec 3 Omer Vanaudenhoven, Flemish industrial/resistance fighter
  • Dec 4 Robert Adler, Austrian-American inventor (remote control for television), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2007)
  • Dec 6 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 8 Delmore Schwartz, American poet/short story writer/critic (Shenandoah)
  • Dec 8 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Sun Song)
  • Dec 10 Morton Gould, prolific composer (Verdun), born in Richmond Hill, New York
  • Dec 10 Harry Locke, English actor (d. 1987)
  • Dec 11 Jean Marais, Cherbourgh France, actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus)
  • Dec 12 Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park)
  • Dec 12 Hal Dickinson, singer (Modernaires)
  • Dec 12 Stanley Bate, composer

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Dec 13 Archie Moore, light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), born in Benoit, Mississippi, (d. 1998)

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 13 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian
  • Dec 15 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (1977 Shelley Memorial Award)
  • Dec 15 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager
  • Dec 18 Alfred Bester, American sci-fi author (Decievers, Starlight)
  • Dec 18 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer
  • Dec 18 Lynn Bari, Roanoke Va, actress (Connie-Detective Wife, Earthbound)
  • Dec 18 Saburo Takata, composer

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Dec 18 Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74, Nobel 1971) born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1992)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Dec 18 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • Dec 19 William C De Vries, surgeon/inventor (artificial heart)
  • Dec 21 Raich Carter, English soccer star and cricketer, born in Hendon, Sunderland (d. 1994)
  • Dec 22 Anthony Barber Doncaster, bookseller
  • Dec 23 Hans Henkemans, composer
  • Dec 23 Leo A Ketelaars, Dutch oratorio vocalist
  • Dec 24 Karl Michael Komma, composer
  • Dec 25 Henri Nannen, journalist
  • Dec 25 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer (It's a Blue World, To Each), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 25 Candy Candido, American actor and radio performer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 26 Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (d. 1958)

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Dec 27 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • Dec 28 Lou Jacobi, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 29 Laurence Gower, academic
  • Dec 30 Svend Simon Schultz, composer
  • Dec 30 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (d. 2002)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 7 Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano, Italian Catholic churchman and last surviving cardinal of Pius IX (b. 1828)
  • Dec 12 Emperor Menelek II of Ethiopia (b. 1844)
  • Dec 17 Stefano Gobatti, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 22 Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913), dies at 69
  • Dec 23 James Middleton, cricketer (24 wkt of lefty pace S Af 1895-1903), dies