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December 1898 in History

Events in History


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Dec 10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American War is signed by US President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam

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Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
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  • Dec 10 The first western pilgrims were welcomed at The House of `Abdu'lláh Páshá
  • Dec 18 Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 French Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium

Physicist Marie Curie
Physicist
Marie Curie
  • Dec 24 Herman Heijermans' "Ghetto" premieres in Amsterdam

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Indra Lal Roy, Indian World War I flying ace, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1918)
  • Dec 5 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, born in Malihabad, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1982)
  • Dec 6 Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photojournalist (V-J Day in Times Square), born in Dirschau, West Prussia, German Empire (d. 1995)
  • Dec 6 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and economist (Nobel 1974), born in Gagnef, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • Dec 9 Emmett Kelly, American circus clown (Weary Willie), born in Sedan, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • Dec 10 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter (d. 1962)
  • Dec 10 Yuri Nikolayevich Libedinski, Ukrainian writer (Birth of Hero), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1959)
  • Dec 11 Nils Johan Einar Ferlin, Swedish poet (Barfotabarn), born in Karlstad, Sweden (d. 1961)
  • Dec 18 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist
  • Dec 21 Ira S. Bowen, American physicist & astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), born in Seneca Falls, New York (d. 1973)
  • Dec 22 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, born in Middlesex, England (d. 1984)
  • Dec 22 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, Soviet physicist, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1974)
  • Dec 25 Theo Swagemakers, Dutch portrait painter
  • Dec 28 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)
  • Dec 28 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 16 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector, dies at 65
  • Dec 24 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI, dies at 70 (b. 1828)