What Happened in December 1920

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Turkey & Armenia agree to peace treaty
  • Dec 4 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds
  • Dec 4 8th CFL Grey Cup: U of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
  • Dec 5 Pro football playoff game Akron & Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided
  • Dec 5 Dimitrios Rallis forms a government in Greece.
  • Dec 7 NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81
  • Dec 7 USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany

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Dec 10 August Krogh is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the regulation mechanisms of capillaries in skeletal muscle

Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August Krogh
Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate
August Krogh
  • Dec 12 Maurice Ravels ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 13 Francis G. Pease's interferometer at Mount Wilson Observatory is the first to measure the diameter of a star - the Betelgeuse
  • Dec 13 League of nations establishes International Court of Justice in The Hague
  • Dec 13 Netherland breaks contact with Kingdom of Serbia, Croatia & Slavia

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Dec 16 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000
  • Dec 17 AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it
  • Dec 17 British Empire receives League of Nations mandate over Nauru
  • Dec 17 Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
  • Dec 17 South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa
  • Dec 18 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US
  • Dec 19 1st US indoor curling rink opens (Brookline, Mass)
  • Dec 19 King Constantine I is restored as King of the Hellenes after the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite.
  • Dec 20 Bert Collins scores 104 on Test Cricket debut v England SCG

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Dec 20 Bob Hope becomes an American citizen

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • Dec 21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 23 Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
  • Dec 24 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance (NYC)
  • Dec 29 The Netherlands and Venezuela recover diplomatic relations
  • Dec 29 Yugoslav government bans communist party
  • Dec 31 Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Robert Moevs, composer
  • Dec 4 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Patton), born in Jhansi, British India (d.1978)
  • Dec 4 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, born in Flushing, New York (d. 2013)
  • Dec 4 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, born in Chaves, Portugal (d. 2013)
  • Dec 6 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist/composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • Dec 6 George Porter, British chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • Dec 7 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian cyclist, (d. 2012)
  • Dec 7 Tatamkulu Afrika, South African poet and writer (d. 2002)
  • Dec 8 Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • Dec 8 Ron Gulliford, educationalist
  • Dec 9 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian President (1999-2006) and Prime Minister (1993-94), born in Livorno (d. 2016)
  • Dec 10 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936), born in Cyborg, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • Dec 10 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (d. 1977)
  • Dec 10 Stanko Todorov, Bulgarian communist politician, Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1971-81), born in Klenovik (d. 1996)
  • Dec 11 Eddy Firestone, actor (Eddy-Mixed Doubles), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 12 Fred Kida, American comics artist, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 13 Don Taylor, actor (Father's Little Dividend), born in Freeport, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 13 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified)
  • Dec 13 George P. Schultz, economist and US Secretary of State (1982-89), born in New York City
  • Dec 13 Kaysone Phomvihane, President of Laos (Pathet Lao) (1991-92), born in Na Seng village, Khanthabouli district (d. 1992)
  • Dec 14 Albertus Meintser, office clerk/resistance fighter
  • Dec 14 Quinton Hazell, businessman
  • Dec 14 Clark Terry, American trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 15 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (d. 2002)
  • Dec 17 Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tilsit East Prussia, actor (Kafka, Music Box)
  • Dec 17 Kenneth E. Iverson, Canadian computer scientist (d. 2004)
  • Dec 18 Rita Streich, German singer
  • Dec 18 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • Dec 19 David Susskind, American TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 19 Ragnild Hveger, Danish 400m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936) [NS]
  • Dec 19 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Bolt, West Virginia
  • Dec 21 Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 21 Jean Gascon, Canadian actor (d. 1988)
  • Dec 24 Dave Bartholomew, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • Dec 24 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (d. 1944)
  • Dec 25 Artur Agostinho, Lisbon Port, actor (Capas Negras, Leao da Estrela)
  • Dec 25 Henry Charnock, oceanographer
  • Dec 26 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, born in Hogbo near Sandviken (d. 1953)
  • Dec 27 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (d. 2005)
  • Dec 28 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 28 Bruce McCarty, South Bend, Indiana, architect (1982 World Fair), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 29 Syd Dernley, British hangman (1949-54), born in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire (d. 1994)
  • Dec 29 Viveca Lindfors, Uppsala Sweden, actress (Way We Were, Welcome to LA)
  • Dec 30 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter/graphic artist/cartoonist
  • Dec 30 Michael Allinson, London England (George Washington)
  • Dec 30 Jack Lord, American actor (Steve McGarrett in Hawaii FIVE-O, God's Little Acre), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Dec 31 Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Karel Kovarovic, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 10 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (b. 1868)
  • Dec 12 Olive Schreiner, South Afr writer (Healing Imagination), dies at 75
  • Dec 12 Paul Paul LacĂ´me, French composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 14 George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)
  • Dec 16 Ma, the Benovelent, Chinese muslim rebel (holy war), dies
  • Dec 21 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death
  • Dec 31 Albert Roelofs, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 43