On This Day

Historical Events in December 1881

Historic Event

Dec 3 Henry Morton Stanley founds Leopoldville (now Kinshasa)

  • Dec 4 The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published
  • Dec 5 47th Congress (1881-83) convenes
  • Dec 8 Vienna's Ring Theater destroyed by gaslight fire, killing an estimated 384-1000 people

Music History

Dec 19 Opera "Hérodiade" by Jules Massenet is produced in Brussels