December 1890 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 16 Negro Methodist Episcopal Church founded in Jackson, TN
  • Dec 18 Lugards expedition to Meng and Kampala, Uganda
  • Dec 19 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Beryl Coronet" (BG)
  • Dec 21 Pim Mulier 1st & only trip to "Alvesteddetocht"
  • Dec 22 Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
  • Dec 26 King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
  • Dec 29 US 7th Cavalry massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota
  • Dec 31 Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Friedrich "Fritz" Lang, German director (M, Metropolis, Fury, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1976)
  • Dec 5 David Bomberg, English painter (d. 1957)

Person of interestDion Fortune

Dec 6 Dion Fortune, British occultist, born in Llandudno, Wales (d. 1946)

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • Dec 6 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (d. 1951)
  • Dec 6 Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer (d. 1955)
  • Dec 13 Marc Connelly, McKeesport Pa, playwright (One Minute Please)
  • Dec 18 Edwin Howard Armstrong, American radio pioneer inventor (FM), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 19 Klaas Painter, vicar/antifascist (Occupies possession) [or 1880]
  • Dec 19 Klaas Schilder, Dutch theologist/vicar (Occupied Territory)
  • Dec 21 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate (d. 1967)
  • Dec 22 Mark Tobey, US abstract painter (Broadway Norm)
  • Dec 22 Harry Pollitt, Droylsden United Kingdom, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain
  • Dec 25 Robert Ripley, collector of odd facts (Believe it or Not), born in Santa Rosa, California (d. 1949)
  • Dec 26 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (d. 1992)
  • Dec 30 Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, President of Mexico (d. 1973)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 10 Ludolph Anne Jan Wilt Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1861-66), dies at 84

Person of interestSitting Bull

Dec 15 Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief who helped led his people to victory in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, killed by US Police aged 58 or 59

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull

Person of interestHeinrich Schliemann

Dec 26 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, dies of cholesteatoma at 86

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann
  • Dec 29 Big Foot, Sioux Indian chief, dies at Wounded Knee
  • Dec 31 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (b. 1826)