December 1891 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 2 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes
  • Dec 7 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session
  • Dec 19 1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore
  • Dec 20 Strongman Louis Cyr withstands pull of 4 horses
  • Dec 29 Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Foppe G. Scheltema, Dutch lawyer (wreck laws) (d. 1939)
  • Dec 2 Charles H. Wesley, American author and historian (The History of Alpha Phi Alpha), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • Dec 5 Alexander Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer, born in St Petersburg (d. 1956)
  • Dec 9 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet, born in Minsk, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1917)

Nelly SachsNelly Sachs (1891-1970)

Dec 10 German-Swedish poet and playwright (O the Chimneys - Nobel Prize for Literature 1966), born in Berlin, Germany

  • Dec 19 Edward Bernard Raczynski, Polish President-in-exile (1979-86), born in Austro-Hungary (d. 1993)
  • Dec 21 John W. McCormack, American politician (D) Speaker of House (1962-70), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • Dec 25 Kenneth Anderson, British general (Operation Torch - North Africa), born in Madras, British India (d. 1959)

Henry MillerHenry Miller (1891-1980)

Dec 26 American author (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus), born in Manhattan, New York

  • Dec 30 Antoine Pinay, French politician (Prime Minister of France 1952, Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise, France (d. 1994)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Pedro II van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89), dies at 66
  • Dec 6 Émile Bayard, French artist and illustrator, dies at 54
  • Dec 11 Johan C. J. van Schagen, Dutch poet and writer (Narrenwijsheid), dies
  • Dec 17 Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition
  • Dec 17 Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo
  • Dec 29 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker), dies at 68