December 1866 in history

Top 7 most famous people born in December 1866

Dec 10 Karl Maria Wiligut an Austrian Occultist and SS-Brigadeführer.
Dec 12 Alfred Werner a Swiss chemist who was a student at ETH Zurich and a professor at the University of Zurich. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1913 for proposing the octahedral configuration of transition metal complexes. Werner developed the basis for modern coordination chemistry. He was the first inorganic chemist to win the Nobel prize, and the only one prior to 1973
Dec 12 Andrey Lyapchev a Bulgarian Prime Minister in three consecutive governments.
Dec 14 Roger Fry an English artist and art critic, and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Establishing his reputation as a scholar of the Old Masters, he became an advocate of more recent developments in French painting, to which he gave the name Post-Impressionism. He was the first figure to raise public awareness of modern art in Britain, and emphasised the formal properties of paintings over the "associated ideas" conjured in the viewer by their representational content. He was described by the art historian Kenneth Clark as "incomparably the greatest influence on taste since Ruskin... In so far as taste can be changed by one man, it was changed by Roger Fry"
Dec 16 Wassily Kandinsky an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession — he was offered a professorship at the University of Dorpat — he began painting studies at the age of 30
Dec 17 Kazys Grinius the third President of Lithuania, and held that office from 7 June 1926 to 17 December 1926.
Dec 21 Maud Gonne an English-born Irish revolutionary, feminist and actress, best remembered for her turbulent relationship with poet William Butler Yeats. Of Anglo-Irish stock and birth, she was won over to Irish nationalism by the plight of evicted people in the Land Wars. She was also active in Home Rule activities

Top 7 most famous people died in December 1866

Dec 1 George Everest a Welsh surveyor and geographer, and the Surveyor General of India from 1830 through 1843.
Dec 1 Jules Demersseman a French flautist and composer.
Dec 1 Georg Fresenius a German physician and botanist, known for his work in the field of phycology. He was a native of Frankfurt am Main
Dec 3 Jan Kalivoda a composer, conductor and violinist of Bohemian birth.
Dec 5 Camille Montagne a French military physician and botanist who specialized in the fields of bryology and mycology. He was born in the commune of Vaudoy in the department of Seine-et-Marne
Dec 20 William Gamble (general) a civil engineer and a Union cavalry officer in the American Civil War.
Dec 26 Samuel Ryan Curtis an American military officer, and one of the first Republicans elected to Congress. He was most famous for his role as a Union Army general in the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War