On This Day: 5th of December

On this day in 1791:

Mozart died
Mozart letterMozart died today in 1791. Special Collections holds a letter from Mozart to his wife.

On this day in 1879:

William Ewart Gladstone installed as Rector
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) was installed as Rector at a ceremony in the Kibble Palace. The students gave the Liberal Party leader such a prolonged and hearty reception that "several of the professors and eventually the Principal himself descended into the area to calm the disturbance" before Gladstone could make his speech.

Gladstone had been elected Rector in 1877. He had previously been Rector of the University of Edinburgh.

On this day in 1905:

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman becomes Prime Minister
Henry Campbell-BannermanAs Prime Minister, Alumnus Henry Campbell-Bannerman introduced legislation to protect trade unions and to provide free school meals for children.

On this day in 2006:

Angus Matheson Memorial Lecture
The first Angus Matheson Memorial Lecture was delivered by Donald E Meek, Professor of Scottish and Gaelic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Births and Deaths

William BarclayOn this day in 1907
William Barclay was born.

John Munro KerrOn this day in 1868
Munro Kerr was born.

On this day in 1852
James Buchanan was born.

On this day in 1865
William Henderson Carslaw was born.

On this day in 1865
William Davidson was born.

On this day in 1872
Alexander Girvan was born.

On this day in 1866
Peter Letwitch Lawrence was born.

On this day in 1867
William George Robertson was born.

On this day in 1863
Henry Watt Robinson was born.

On this day in 1776
Benjamin Bonneau Simons was born.

On this day in 1865
David Thomson Smith was born.

On this day in 1866
James Stirling was born.

On this day in 1865
William Riddell Kemlo Watson was born.

On this day in 1868
Adam Crawford White was born.

On this day in 1884
John Atkinson was born.

On this day in 1875
Francis James Charteris was born.

On this day in 1879
Thomas Grant Dempster was born.

On this day in 1917
Norman Reid Mitchell died.

On this day in 1881
Thomas Orr was born.

On this day in 1887
Annie Thom Riddell was born.

On this day in 1870
John Laird Simpson was born.

On this day in 1891
Rollo Russell Grant Sutherland was born.

On this day in 1891
John Kemp Scott was born.

Gabriel Hercules Malan matriculation slip 1914-15On this day in 1886
Gabriel Hercules Malan was born.

On this day in 1875
Carlo La Torre was born.

On this day in 1890
John Bowes McDougall was born.

On this day in 1890
Thomas Russell was born.

On this day in 1891
Helen Todd Black was born.

On this day in 1892
William Cunningham was born.

William McIlvany Matriculation slip 1958-59On this day in 2015
William McIlvaney died.

On this day in 2015
William Angus McIlvanney died.

Jenny Wormald's matriculation slip, 1960-1961On this day in 2015
Jenny Wormald died.