December 1889 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 4 Explorer Henery Morton Stanley's expedition reaches Bagamoyo in Indian Ocean

Event of Interest

Dec 9 US President Benjamin Harrison dedicates the Chicago Auditorium, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, then largest building in the US

  • Dec 13 Belgium rules on women and child labor law
  • Dec 14 American Academy of Political & Social Science organized in Philadelphia
  • Dec 19 Bishop Museum founded in Hawaii

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 8 Hervey Allen, American writer and poet (Anthony Adverse), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • Dec 11 Paul Kornfeld, Czech playwright, born in Prague (d. 1942)

Walter KnottWalter Knott (1889-1981)

Dec 11 American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California and introduced the boysenberry to America, born in San Bernardino, California

  • Dec 21 Sewall Wright, American geneticist, born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • Dec 22 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, born in Baskinta, Lebanon (d. 1988)
  • Dec 30 Georg von der Vring, German painter and writer (Soldier Suhren), born in Brake, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1968)

Deaths in History

Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis (1808-1889)

Dec 6 President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), dies at 81

  • Dec 6 Jozef Neuhuys [Joseph Hendrikus Neuhuys], Dutch painter, dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright, dies at 50

Robert BrowningRobert Browning (1812-1889)

Dec 12 English poet (Ring & Book), dies at 77

  • Dec 12 Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)
  • Dec 21 Friedrich August Quenstedt, German geologist and paleontologist, dies at 80
  • Dec 21 J. B. Lightfoot, English theologist and bishop of Durham, dies at 61
  • Dec 24 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (b. 1819)
  • Dec 31 Ion Creanga, Moldavian-born Romanian fairy tale author (Amintiti the Copilarie) author, dies at 52