Historical Events in December 1902

  • Dec 2 Dutch soccer club Be Quick - later Go Ahead, forms in Deventer; suffix 'Eagles' added in 1971
  • Dec 7 Britain and Germany issue an ultimatum to Venezuela demanding that President Cipriano Castro pay claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899

Historic Event

Dec 8 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on US Supreme Court

  • Dec 9 AL announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in NY

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 German organic chemist Emil Fischer is award the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on sugar and purine syntheses

  • Dec 10 Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania
  • Dec 11 The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products

Nobel Prize

Dec 12 German historian Theodor Mommsen is awarded the Nobel prize for Literature for "his historical writing with special reference to his monumental work, "A History of Rome"

Historic Event

Dec 13 British and German ships bombard Venezuelan forts after President Castro refuses to comply with ultimatum demanding damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899; Castro asks US President Theodore Roosevelt to arbitrate

  • Dec 15 German agricultural tariffs are increased

Theater Premiere

Dec 17 Frank Wedekind's play "Der Erdgeist" premieres in Berlin

Historic Event

Dec 18 British parliament passes the Education Act, which will come to be regarded as the most important legislation of Arthur Balfour's government

Theater Premiere

Dec 25 Clyde Fitch' play "The Girl with the Green Eyes" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Dec 25 Pope Leo XIII, at his annual Christmas reception, endorses the Christian Democratic movement now emerging in Europe as an attempt to offer an alternative to more radical movements

  • Dec 26 Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) & Christy Williams (42)
  • Dec 28 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Philadelphia 6-0 (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • Dec 28 Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US

Music History

Dec 29 Scot Joplin copyrights "The Entertainer" and several other piano rag compositions through the US Copyright Office