What Happened in December 1922

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st skywriting over US-"Hello USA"-by Capt Turner, RAF
  • Dec 1 Polish state Chief Marshal Jozef Pilsudski resigns
  • Dec 2 10th CFL Grey Cup: Queen's University defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 13-1
  • Dec 3 First successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in NYC
  • Dec 4 Lucille Atcherson, becomes first woman legation sect-US foreign service
  • Dec 6 1st constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation
  • Dec 6 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY
  • Dec 9 Gabriel Narutowicz elected Polish president
  • Dec 9 15th Women's Australasian Championships (1st for women): Margaret Molesworth beats Esna Boyd (6-3, 10-8)
  • Dec 9 15th Australasian Championships: James Anderson beats Gerald Patterson (6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2)

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Dec 10 Nobel prizes awarded to Fridtjof Nansen (Peace), Niels Bohr (Physics) and Francis William Aston (Chemistry)

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Dec 10 Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards
  • Dec 13 Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps
  • Dec 15 IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague
  • Dec 16 Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs formally organizes
  • Dec 16 NSW all out for 786 against South Australia Cricket
  • Dec 17 Last British troops leave Irish Free State
  • Dec 19 Theresa Vaughn, 24, confessed in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countries
  • Dec 20 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)
  • Dec 20 Polish parliament selects Stanislaw Wojcieckowski as president
  • Dec 22 Belgian parliament rejects Dutch university in Ghent
  • Dec 23 BBC Radio began daily newscasts
  • Dec 23 Pope Pius XI pleas for peace: encyclical Ubi arcano
  • Dec 24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
  • Dec 24 London Coloseum opens

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Dec 25 -Dec 26] Lenin dictates his "Political testament"

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Dec 29 Dutch Constitution proclaimed
  • Dec 29 Revised Netherlands Law proclaims suffrage
  • Dec 30 Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR & Transcaucasian SSR
  • Dec 30 Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Geraldine McCulloug, Maywood Ill, painter/sculptor (Phoenix)
  • Dec 1 Paul Picerni, actor (Agent Lee Hobson-Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 1 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey player (d. 1979)
  • Dec 2 Leo V Gordon, actor (Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 3 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (d. 2006)
  • Dec 4 Gerard Philipe, Cannes France, actor (Caligula, Le Diable au Corps)
  • Dec 6 John Henry Cound Brunt, English soldier, Victoria Cross holder (d. 1944)
  • Dec 8 George Fullerton, cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51)
  • Dec 8 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky
  • Dec 8 John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15)
  • Dec 8 Lucian Freud, Berlin German, artist (Boy With a Rat)
  • Dec 9 Redd Foxx, comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 10 Allen Dwight Sapp, composer
  • Dec 11 Grace Paley, writer (1970 Arts & Letters Award)
  • Dec 11 Peter Birch, choreographer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 11 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (d. 2005)
  • Dec 11 Dilip Kumar, Indian actor
  • Dec 12 Arthur R Hawkins, US pilot/capt (WW II, downed 14 jap planes)
  • Dec 14 Charley Trippi, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • Dec 14 Don Hewitt, CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Alan Freed, Penn, DJ, accepted payola/introduced term "rock-n-roll"
  • Dec 16 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist
  • Dec 16 Cy Leslie, American music and video executive (d. 2008)
  • Dec 16 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 17 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • Dec 17 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
  • Dec 18 Larry D Mann, actor (Marty-Accidental Family), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • Dec 19 Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)
  • Dec 20 Charita Bauer, actress (Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 20 George Roy Hill, dir (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance)
  • Dec 21 Paul Winchell, ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 Barbara Billingsley, actress (June-Leave it to Beaver), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 Calder Willingham, novelist/scriptwriter
  • Dec 22 Jim [James] Wright, (D-Texas), politician (Speaker of House 1987-89), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • Dec 22 Jack Brooks, American politician. (d. 2012)
  • Dec 23 Ian Powell Bancroft, civil servant
  • Dec 23 Micheline Ostermeyer, France, shot-put/discus thrower (Oly-gold-1948)

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Dec 24 Ava Gardner, Smithfield North Carolina, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana)

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
  • Dec 26 Richard Mayes, English actor (d. 2006)
  • Dec 27 Larry Osborne, navigator air traffic controller/supply specialist
  • Dec 28 Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
  • Dec 28 Stan Lee, comics artist/creator (Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk)
  • Dec 29 William Gaddis, American writer (d. 1998)
  • Dec 31 Joan McCracken, actress (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 31 Rex Allen, Wilcox Az, cowboy singer (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist, dies
  • Dec 13 Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic politician and poet (b. 1861)
  • Dec 16 Gabriel Narutowicz, 1st President of Poland (Dec 7-16, 1922), assassinated
  • Dec 25 Alphonse Goovaerts, composer, dies at 75