December 1869 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 8 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome
  • Dec 8 Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.
  • Dec 9 Noble Order of Knights of Labor founded, Philadelphia
  • Dec 10 The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • Dec 10 Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)
  • Dec 18 Canada's Hamilton Football Club plays its 1st game
  • Dec 28 William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum
  • Dec 30 Philadelphia Knights of Labor forms

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Eligiusz Niewiadomski, Polish assassin of Gabriel Narutowicz (d. 1923)
  • Dec 2 Jonas Cohn, German philosopher (Theory of the Dialects), born in Görlitz, Germany (d. 1947)
  • Dec 5 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (Pigs is Pigs), born in Muscatine, Iowa (d. 1937)
  • Dec 16 Albert Pollard, British historian (Dictionary of Natural Biography), born in Ryde, England (d. 1948)
  • Dec 16 Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
  • Dec 19 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer) Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (d. 1950)
  • Dec 22 Dmitri Egorov, Russian-Soviet mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1931)
  • Dec 22 Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (Richard Corey), born in Head Tide, Maine (d. 1935)
  • Dec 24 Henriette Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Women in Forest), born in Noordwijk, Netherlands (d. 1952)
  • Dec 30 Adolphe Max, Belgian politician (Mayor of Brussels - escaped German captivity WWI), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1939)

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse (1869-1954)

Dec 31 French impressionist painter (Odalisque), born in Le Cateau-Cambresis, France


Deaths in History

  • Dec 6 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar and author (set up For the Welfare of the People organization), dies at 54

Edwin StantonEdwin Stanton (1814-1869)

Dec 24 US Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War (1861-65) and US Attorney General (1860-61), dies at 55

  • Dec 26 Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (blood pressure), dies at 72