On This Day

December 1885 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 7 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
  • Dec 17 France declares Madagascar a protectorate

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Dec 22 Pope Leo XIII proclaims extraordinary jubilee

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII

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Dec 22 Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan

1st Prime Minister of Japan Itō Hirobumi
1st Prime Minister of Japan
Itō Hirobumi

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 George Minot, American physician (Nobel 1934 - introduction of a raw-liver diet in the treatment of pernicious anemia), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • Dec 6 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (The General), born in Elbląg, Poland (d. 1950)
  • Dec 19 F S Flint, translator/poet (imagist movement), born in London, England
  • Dec 23 Pierre Brissaud, French artist (d. 1964)
  • Dec 31 Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein, born in Province of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1970)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 8 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Ferdinand II, German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry and King of Portugal (1837-53), dies at 69
  • Dec 15 Robert Toombs, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of State, dies at 75
  • Dec 24 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85