What Happened in December 1919

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 AA Milne's "Mr Pim Passes By" premieres in Manchester
  • Dec 1 Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament
  • Dec 10 NL votes to ban the spitball's use by all new pitchers
  • Dec 10 NY, Boston, & Chicago, oppose AL resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties

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Dec 10 Nobel peace prize awarded to US President Woodrow Wilson

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Dec 11 Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama
  • Dec 13 Ross & Smith land in Australia from a flight from London
  • Dec 15 Edna St Vincent Millay's "Aria da Capo" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 15 Fiume (Rijeka) declares it's Independence
  • Dec 17 Austrian parliament approves 8-hour working day
  • Dec 19 American Meteorological Society found
  • Dec 20 Canadian National Railways established (N America's longest, 50,000 KM)
  • Dec 20 US House of Representatives restricts immigration

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Dec 21 J. Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Dec 22 US deports 250 alien radicals, including anarchist Emma Goldman
  • Dec 23 1st hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel launched
  • Dec 23 Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Dec 26 Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Dec 27 Red Sox owner Harry Frazee announces they will deal any player except Harry Hooper, Hooper is sent to the White Sox after 1920 season
  • Dec 30 Lincoln's Inn in London admits its first female bar student.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Anne Cox Chambers, US ambassador to Belgium (1977-81), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Dec 1 Ike Isaacs, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, born in born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • Dec 2 Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher
  • Dec 2 Robin Lee, American figure skater, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • Dec 3 Charles Craig, opera singer
  • Dec 5 Victor Collin Matthews, businessman
  • Dec 6 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (d. 1983)
  • Dec 6 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • Dec 7 Ellen Stewart, actress/founder (La Mama Theatre Group)
  • Dec 8 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, composer
  • Dec 8 Moyssey Samuilovich Vaynberg, composer
  • Dec 8 Peter Tali Coleman, American politician (d. 1997)
  • Dec 9 William Lipscomb, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 10 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, composer
  • Dec 10 Alexander Courage, American composer (d. 2008)
  • Dec 11 Marie Windsor, [Emily Marie Bertelson], Utah, American actress (Double Deal)
  • Dec 12 Olivia Barclay, English astrologer (d. 2001)
  • Dec 12 Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist (d. 2001)
  • Dec 13 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • Dec 15 Ake Seyffarth, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Dec 16 Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy)
  • Dec 19 Benedict Freedman, novelist and mathematician (Mrs Mike), born in New York City (d. 2012)
  • Dec 21 Gert Fredriksson, Sweden, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1948, 52, 56)
  • Dec 23 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (d. 2006)
  • Dec 23 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 25 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • Dec 25 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • Dec 25 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads), born in East Ham, London, (d. 1985)
  • Dec 28 Inocenti Carreno, composer
  • Dec 29 Pieter Terpstra, Dutch journalist/writer (De dei is forroun/Havank-T)
  • Dec 29 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, born in Cernauti, Romania (d. 2013)
  • Dec 30 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)
  • Dec 30 Dick Spooner, England, cricket wicketkeeper (Godfrey Evans' shadow)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player
  • Dec 31 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, born in Tumlingen, Baden-W├╝rttemberg (d. 2016)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 19 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 20 Actress Gloria Swanson (20) weds businessman Herbert K. Somborn


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Henry Clay Frick, built largest coke & steel operation, dies at 69

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Dec 3 Pierre A Renoir, French painter/sculptor, dies at 78

Painter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste Renoir
Painter & Sculptor
Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • Dec 13 Amintore Galli, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 13 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (b. 1850)
  • Dec 18 Horatio William Parker, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 18 John Alcock, English pilot (1st non-stop over Atlantic), dies in crash at 27
  • Dec 27 Achilles Alferaki, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 27 Theodoor H de Meester, Dutch lib premier (1905-08), dies at 68
  • Dec 28 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)