On This Day

Events in History in December 1885

  • Dec 7 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
  • Dec 17 France declares Madagascar a protectorate

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Dec 22 Pope Leo XIII proclaims extraordinary jubilee

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII

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Dec 22 Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan

1st Prime Minister of Japan Itō Hirobumi
1st Prime Minister of Japan
Itō Hirobumi