January 5 - Dreyfus Affair: French officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and
sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island.
February 14 - First showing of Oscar Wilde's last play The Importance of Being Earnest
(St. James' Theatre in London).
April 6 - Oscar Wilde is arrested after losing a libel case against the John Sholto Douglas,
9th Marquess of Queensberry.
April 14 - a major earthquake severely damages Ljubljana, Slovenia.
May 25 - Playwright, poet and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "sodomy and gross
indecency" and sentenced to serve two years in a London prison.
August 19 - American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an
off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
September 3 - The first professional football game is played, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania,
between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club. (Latrobe won the contest 12-0.).
November 5 - George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
November 8 - Wilhelm Röntgen discovers a type of radiation later known as X-rays.
November 27 - At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will
and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies (he died of
a cerebral hemorrhage on December 10, 1896).
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposes a space elevator.
Last major earthquake in the New Madrid Fault Zone.Births
January 1 - J. Edgar Hoover
, FBI director.
January 7 - Johannes Jeremias Zweerus
January 12 - Willem Kasper Roos
January 19 - Jacobus van den Houten
January 20 - Maria Boogaard
January 20 - George Burns
, actor, comedian (d. 1996).
January 21 - Cristobal Balenciaga
, Spanish-French couturier (d. 1972).
January 24 - Eugen Roth
, lyricist and narrator (d. 1976).
January 30 - Wilhelm Gustloff
, Swiss Nazi party leader( d. 1936).
February 2 - George Halas
, American football player, coach, co-founder of the
National Football League (d. 1983).
February 6 - Babe Ruth
, Baseball Hall of Famer (d. 1948).
February 8 - King Vidor
, director (d. 1982).
February 11 - Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky
February 14 - Max Horkheimer
, philosopher and sociologist (d. 1973).
February 15 - Earl Thomson
, Canadian athlete.
February 21 - Henrik Carl Peter Dam
, Danish biochemist, winner of the 1943 Nobel Prize
in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1976).
March 3 - Matthew Ridgway
, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, United States
Army Chief of Staff.
March 17 - Shemp Howard
, actor ("The Three Stooges") (d. 1955).
March 20 - Robert Benoist
, Grand Prix motor racing driver/war hero.
March 21 - Johanna van den Houten
March 22 - Paulus Johannes Morijn
March 29 - Ernst Jünger
, author (d. 1998).
March 30 - Nikolai Bulganin
, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1975).
April 1 - Alberta Hunter
, singer (d. 1984).
April 9 - Mance Lipscomb
, popular singer.
April 20 - Emile Christian
, jazz musician (d. 1973).
April 26 - Nathaniel Kleitman
, sleep researcher (d. 1999).
May 3 - Cornelia Maria van den Houten
May 6 - Rodolfo Valentino
, Italian actor.
May 8 - Fulton J. Sheen
, bishop, television personality (d. 1979).
May 9 - Richard Bathelmess
, actor (d. 1963).
May 31 - Jacoba Maria van den Houten
June 11 - Herman Hugo Max van den Houten
June 22 - Willem Bastiaan van den Houten
July 10 - Carl Orff
, German composer (d. 1982).
July 12 - Buckminster Fuller
, American architect.
July 13 - Pieternella Lokker
July 14 - Nicolaas van den Houten
July 15 - Minnie Arnoldi
July 15 - Josina Arnoldi
July 24 - Antje Barbier
August 10 - Eleanor Letitia Mahony
September 6 - Hendrik Peter de Bie
September 11 - Vinoba Bhave
September 28 - Louis Pasteur
, French chemist.
September 30 - Floris van den Houten
October 2 - Bud Abbott
October 4 - Buster Keaton
, American actor and film director.
October 8 - Ahmet Zog
, King of Albania.
October 13 - Pieternella Schouls
October 14 - Marina in den Bosch
October 19 - Lewis Mumford
October 21 - Edna Purviance
October 23 - Margaret Catherina Troast
October 25 - Levi Eshkol
, Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1969).
November 1 - Wilhelmina Cornelia Pieternella van Dijl
November 14 - Pieter Ribbens
November 16 - Paul Hindemith
, German composer.
November 17 - Margaretha van den Houten
November 19 - Paul Lyman Troast
December 2 - Harriet Cohen
, pianist (d. 1967).
December 10 - Pieternella van den Houten
December 10 - Leentje van den Houten
December 14 - King George VI
of the United Kingdom.
December 19 - Adriaan van den Houten
December 24 - Jannetje van den Houten
Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad, later Yang di-Pertuan Besar
of Negeri Sembilan and 1st Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.William van den Houten
February 8 - Tona Berman
February 20 - Frederick Douglass
, ex-slave and author.
March 2 - Berthe Morisot
, Impressionist Painter.
March 5 - Willemina van den Houten
March 10 - Charles Frederick Worth
April 27 - Trijntje van Es
May 19 - Jose Marti
, Cuban independence leader (Dos Rios).
May 21 - Franz von Suppé
June 29 - Sir Thomas Henry Huxley
, English biologist.
July 4 - Willemina (Guillemine) Evertse
July 19 - Minnie Arnoldi
October 25 - Charles Hallé
, pianist and conductor.
October 29 - Lena van den Houten
November 15 - Jacob van den Houten
November 27 - Alexandre Dumas
, fils, author, playwright.To my Homepage