On This Day

December 1893 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 5 Electric car built at the Dixon Carriage works in Toronto, could go 15 miles between charges
  • Dec 11 11 fishing ships wash up at Wadden Sea, 22 killed
  • Dec 15 Dvoráks "From the New World" premieres at Carnegie Hall NYC
  • Dec 17 Russia ratifies Double Alliance with France
  • Dec 20 1st state anti-lynching statute approved, in Georgia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 24 Henry Ford completes his first useful petrol / gasoline fuelled engine

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Dec 28 French lieutenant Boiteux annexes Tumbuktu
  • Dec 30 Russia signs military accord with France

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Ernst Toller, German playwright, President of Bavarian Soviet Republic (1919), born in Samotschin (d. 1939)
  • Dec 3 Julius Bissier, German painter, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (d. 1965)
  • Dec 17 Erwin Piscator, German stage director (Der Stellvertreter)

Person of interestMao Zedong

Dec 26 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), born in Shaoshan, Hunan (d. 1976)

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Dec 31 Max Lamberty, Flemish sociologist & author (Flemish Resurrection), born in Saint-Gilles, Brussels (d. 1975)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Allan Wilson, British/Rhodesian Major, dies in battle against the Ndebeles during First Matabele War
  • Dec 4 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, dies at 73
  • Dec 4 Heinrich Göbel, German-born mechanic and inventor, dies at 75
  • Dec 14 Karolina Pawlowa, Russian poet & novelist, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Levinus T Keuchenius, Dutch min of Colonies (1888-90), dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Johann Czerski, German chaplain, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Victor Schœlcher, French abolitionist writer, dies at 89
  • Dec 30 Samuel White Baker, English explorer (Ceylon & Egypt), dies at 72
  • Dec 30 Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer in the US and Abolitionist, dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Jacob Gijsbert de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch vicar and theologian, dies at 74