On This Day

December 1897 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 6 London becomes the world's first city to host licenced taxicabs
  • Dec 9 Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.
  • Dec 12 Anti-Jewish violence breaks out in Bucharest, Romania
  • Dec 12 Belo Horizonte, the first planned city of Brazil, founded

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Dec 14 Emilio Aguinaldo signs the Pact of Biak-na-Bato, to end hostilities and dissolve his government, in exchange for amnesty and "$800,000 (Mexican)" as an indemnity

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • Dec 16 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated
  • Dec 28 Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 30 Province of Zululand annexed to Natal colony
  • Dec 31 Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898)

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Manuel A Neat, Curacaos author (Nobleza di Coerazon)
  • Dec 2 Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China), born in Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand (d. 1987)
  • Dec 2 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Soviet military commander and Marshal of the Soviet Union of Armenian origin, born in Yelizavetpol, Elisabethpol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • Dec 3 Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Without My Cloak), born in Limerick City, Ireland (d. 1974)
  • Dec 4 Mari Andriessen, Dutch sculptor (Dock Worker), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • Dec 6 Oscar Walter Cisek, Romanian writer and diplomat, born in Bucharest (d. 1966)
  • Dec 10 Karl H. Waggerl, Austria writer (Power of Love), born in Bad Gastein, Austria (d. 1973)
  • Dec 14 Margaret Chase Smith, American politician (U.S. Senator from Maine), born in Skowhegan, Maine (d. 1995)
  • Dec 14 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (Dictator of the Austrian Federal State), born in Riva del Garda, Tyrol, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Dec 16 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright and poet (Le Canari et le Cerise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • Dec 18 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker
  • Dec 19 Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, French anti-Semite/nazi collaborator
  • Dec 26 Willie Corsari, [Wilhelmina A Schmidt], Dutch writer
  • Dec 27 Iwan S Konew, Russ marshal/supreme commander pact of Warsaw
  • Dec 30 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (d. 1976)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 16 Alphonse Daudet, French writer (Tartarin sur les Alpes), dies at 57
  • Dec 18 Carlo A Alfieri, Italian Member of parliament, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 William Corby, American Catholic priest and President of the University of Notre Dame, dies at 64
  • Dec 29 William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)