December 1886 in History

Events in History

Election of Interest

Dec 8 American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president

  • Dec 16 Rift at Dutch Reformed Church over "Doleantie"
  • Dec 22 1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Pierre Kemp, Dutch poet (Fugitives & Constants), born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1967)
  • Dec 1 Rex Stout, American mystery writer (Nero Wolf novels), born in Noblesville, Indiana (d. 1975)
  • Dec 1 Zhu De, Chinese general and politician (commander-in-chief of Eighth Route Army), born in Yilong Country, Qing Dynasty (d. 1976)
  • Dec 3 Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist (Nobel 1924-discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1978)
  • Dec 5 Pieter Oud, Dutch politician and Mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), born in Purmerend, Netherlands (d. 1968)

Joyce KilmerJoyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

Dec 6 American poet (Trees), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Diego RiveraDiego Rivera (1886-1957)

Dec 8 Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and husband of Frida Kahlo, born in Guanajuato, México

Clarence BirdseyeClarence Birdseye (1886-1956)

Dec 9 American inventor and founder of the modern frozen food industry (Birdseye), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Dec 13 Lambertus Johannes van Apeldoorn, Dutch lawyer (martial law), born in IJlst, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • Dec 21 Hermann A. J. Kees, German egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1964)
  • Dec 23 Albert Ehrenstein, Austrian writer and poet (Message from the Madhouse), born in Ottakring, Vienna (d. 1950)

Weddings in History

Edith Roosevelt & Theodore Roosevelt

Dec 2 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London

Juliette Gordon Low

Dec 21 Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low (26) weds William Mackay Low in Savannah, Georgia

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84
  • Dec 30 William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Charles Pierre Schimpf, Dutch general (Governor of Suriname 1855-59), dies at 74