On This Day

Historical Events in December 1896

  • Dec 1 1st certified public accountants receive certificates (NY)

Theater Premiere

Dec 2 Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin

Theater Premiere

Dec 5 Henrik Ibsen's play "Kejsor og Galileer" (Emperor and Galilean) premieres in Leipzig

  • Dec 6 D T Suzuki found the awakening at Engakuji temple, in Kamakura
  • Dec 10 Alfred Jarry's play "Ubu Roi" premieres in Paris

Marconi's Dream: Telegraphy Without Wires

Dec 11 Chief Electrical Engineer of the British Post Office, William Preece, gives a public lecture in London called "Telegraphy without Wires", praising the work of 22 year old Guglielmo Marconi

  • Dec 14 The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company

Music History

Dec 25 "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa

  • Dec 30 Stanley Cup, Granite Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Ernie McLea scores a hat-trick as Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5; first SC Challenge game played outside of Montreal


Dec 30 Filipino nationalist José Rizal is executed by firing squad in Manila by the Spanish