On This Day

December 1892 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 5 Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany's Reichstag

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 Sir John Thompson becomes the fourth Prime Minister of Canada.

4th Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson
4th Prime Minister of Canada
John Thompson
  • Dec 17 Tchaikovski's ballet "Casse-noisette" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Dec 20 Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, NY
  • Dec 27 Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St John laid (NYC)
  • Dec 30 Dr Miles V Lynk, physician, publishes 1st Black medical journal

Birthdays in History


Person of interestFrancisco Franco

Dec 4 Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator (1936-75), born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain (d. 1975)

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Dec 6 Osbert Sitwell, English poet, writer (Out of the Flame), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • Dec 7 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • Dec 8 Herbert "Bert" Hinkler, Australian aviator who made first solo flight from England to Australia (1928), born in Bundaberg, Queensland (d. 1933)
  • Dec 12 Herman Potočnik, Slovenian rocket engineer, born in Pula, Austria-Hungary (d. 1929)

Person of interestJ. Paul Getty

Dec 15 J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1976)

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • Dec 16 A "Shon Nene" Morales, Antillean/Neth very old lady
  • Dec 19 Gerald Nye, American politician and Republican US Senator from North Dakota (1925-1945), born in Hortonville, Wisconsin (d. 1971)
  • Dec 21 Amy Key Clarke, English mystical poet & writer, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1980)
  • Dec 25 Rebecca West [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author (Meaning of Treason), born in London
  • Dec 27 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (d. 1917)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Joseph Lippens, Belgian lieutenant in Congo, murdered
  • Dec 1 Lucius E. Polk, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 59
  • Dec 2 Jay Gould, American railroad developer and speculator, dies at 56
  • Dec 3 William Bonaparte, grandson of Lucien, dies
  • Dec 3 Afanasy Fet, Russian poet, dies at 71

Person of interestWerner von Siemens

Dec 6 [Ernst] Werner von Siemens, German inventor (siemens electrical conductance unit) and industrialist (Siemens corporation), dies at 75

Industrialist and Inventor Werner von Siemens
Industrialist and Inventor
Werner von Siemens
  • Dec 11 William Milligan, Scottish theologian (b. 1821)
  • Dec 17 George Brayton, American engineer who developed the Brayton Cycle combustion engine, dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosauria), dies at 88