December 1903 in history

December 1903 events chronologically

Dec 14 The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Dec 16 Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Bombay first opens its doors to the guests
Dec 17 The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Dec 30 A fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois kills at least 605

Top 7 most famous people born in December 1903

Dec 5 Johannes Heesters a Dutch-born actor of stage, television and film as well as a vocalist of numerous recordings and performer on the concert stage, with a career dating back to 1921. Active almost exclusively in the German-speaking world from the mid-1930s, he was a controversial figure for his actions during the Second World War and his success in Nazi Germany. Heesters was considered one of the oldest stage performers in history
Dec 5 C. F. Powell a British physicist, and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his development of the photographic method of studying nuclear processes and for the resulting discovery of the pion , a subatomic particle.
Dec 12 Yasujirō Ozu a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He began his career during the era of silent films. Ozu made fifty-three films: twenty-six in his first five years as a director, and all but three for the Shochiku studio. Ozu first made a number of short comedies, before turning to more serious themes in the 1930s
Dec 17 Erskine Caldwell an American author. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South in novels such as Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre won him critical acclaim, but also made him controversial among fellow Southerners of the time who felt he was deprecating the people of the region
Dec 19 George Davis Snell an American mouse geneticist and basic transplant immunologist.
Dec 28 John von Neumann a Hungarian and American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor and polymath. He made major contributions to a number of fields, including mathematics , physics , economics , computing , and statistics. He was a pioneer of the application of operator theory to quantum mechanics, in the development of functional analysis, a principal member of the Manhattan Project and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton , and a key figure in the development of game theory and the concepts of cellular automata, the universal constructor, and the digital computer
Dec 28 Earl Hines an American jazz pianist and bandleader. He was one of the most influential figures in the development of jazz piano and, according to one major source, is "one of a small number of pianists whose playing shaped the history of jazz"

Top 7 most famous people died in December 1903

Dec 8 Herbert Spencer an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era.
Dec 11 Martin Hattala a Slovak pedagogue, Roman Catholic theologian and linguist. He is best known for his reform of the Štúr's Slovak language, so-called Hodža-Hattala reform, in which he introduced the etymological principle to the Slovak language
Dec 18 Ferdinand Kittel a priest and indologist with the Basel Mission in south India and worked in Mangalore, Madikeri and Dharwad in Karnataka. His father's name is Gottfried Christian Kittel and his mother's name is Helen Hubert. He is most famous for his studies of the Kannada language and for producing the first ever Kannada-English dictionary of about 70,000 words in 1894. He also composed numerous Kannada poems
Dec 23 Princess Leopoldine of Baden a Princess of Baden by birth and Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg by marriage.
Dec 26 Giuseppe Zanardelli an Italian jurisconsult, nationalist and political figure. He was the Prime Minister of Italy from February 15, 1901 to November 3, 1903. He was a distinguished jurist and eloquent orator. Zanardelli, representing the bourgeoisie from Lombardy, personified the classical 19th-century left liberalism, committed to suffrage expansion, anticlericalism, civil liberties, free trade and laissez-faire economics. Throughout his long political career he was among the most ardent advocats of freedom of conscience and divorce
Dec 28 George Gissing an English novelist who published 23 novels between 1880 and 1903. Gissing also worked as a teacher and tutor throughout his life. He published his first novel, Workers in the Dawn, in 1880. His best known novels, which are published in modern editions, include The Nether World , New Grub Street , and The Odd Women
Dec 28 Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov a Russian Orthodox Christian philosopher, who was part of the Russian cosmism movement and a precursor of transhumanism. Fyodorov advocated radical life extension, physical immortality and even resurrection of the dead, using scientific methods