What Happened in December 1923

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 CFL Grey Cup: Queen's U beats Regina 54-0 at Toronto
  • Dec 3 First Congressional open session broadcast via radio (Washington, D.C.)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Cecil B. DeMille's first version of "The Ten Commandments" premieres

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Dec 4 WEAF radio begins broadcasting Eveready Hour (variety show)

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Dec 6 1st US Presidential address broadcast on radio by President Calvin Coolidge

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • Dec 8 German-US friendship treaty signed
  • Dec 8 Labour/Liberals win British parliament
  • Dec 8 Salary & price freeze in Germany
  • Dec 10 Polish government of Grabski forms
  • Dec 14 Gerard K "Simon" van het Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings)
  • Dec 17 Greek king George II overthrown by army/republic
  • Dec 18 International zone of Tangier set up in Morocco
  • Dec 21 Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
  • Dec 22 Bill Ponsford & Edgar Mayne make 456 opening stand for Vict
  • Dec 23 Yankees pitcher Carl Mays sold to Reds for $85,000
  • Dec 25 Imperial Theater opens at 249 W 45th St NYC
  • Dec 27 Unsuccessful assassination attempt on Prince Regent Hirohito of Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 George Bernard Shaw's "St Joan" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 31 1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester
  • Dec 31 BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID
  • Dec 31 Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in New York City

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Stansfield Turner, CIA director
  • Dec 1 Morris, Belgian cartoonist (Lucky Luke) (d. 2001)
  • Dec 2 Maria M Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 2 Meshulam Riklis, husband of Pia Zadora
  • Dec 3 Tom Fears, NFL end (LA Rams)
  • Dec 3 Trevor Bailey, England, cricket all-rounder (batted & ran)
  • Dec 4 Charles Keating, district attorney (Los Angeles California)
  • Dec 4 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 5 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), born in Makarovskaya, Vologda Oblast (d. 1984)
  • Dec 5 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Dec 7 Ted Knight, American actor (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort), born in Terryville, Connecticut
  • Dec 8 Rudolph Pariser, Chinese-born American chemist
  • Dec 10 Abelardo Quinteros, composer
  • Dec 10 Harold Gould, actor (He & She, Martin-Rhoda, Big Bus), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Dec 10 Jorge Semprun, French writer (2nd mort de R Mercader, Z)
  • Dec 11 Betsy Blair, actress (Marty)
  • Dec 12 Bob Barker, American TV game show host (The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences), born in Darrington, Washington
  • Dec 12 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver
  • Dec 13 Fred van der Spek, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP)
  • Dec 13 Antoni Tapies, painter, sculptor, and theorist (Dau al Set), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
  • Dec 14 Gerard K "Simon" van het Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys)
  • Dec 14 Leonardus S van Egeraat, Dutch travel expert
  • Dec 14 Sully Boyar, American actor (Car Wash), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist
  • Dec 15 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (d. 2002)
  • Dec 15 Valentin Varennikov, Russian general and statesman
  • Dec 16 Tip [Silvio A] Marugg, Antillian writer (Weekend pilgrimage)
  • Dec 16 Werner Haentjes, composer
  • Dec 17 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (d. 2006)
  • Dec 18 Lotti [Charlotte] van der Gaag, Dutch sculptor/painter
  • Dec 19 Luigi Innocenti, designer
  • Dec 19 Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor (d. 1990)
  • Dec 21 Intizar Hussain, Urdu writer and columnist, born in Dibai, Bulandshahr (d. 2016) (approx. date)
  • Dec 22 Heinz Bernard Lowenstein, actor/director
  • Dec 23 James Stockdale, admiral (Vietnam)/Ross Perot's 1992 running mate
  • Dec 23 Kenneth Henry Lowry Lamb, broadcaster
  • Dec 23 Leonard Stern, American producer/TV writer (Phil Silvers Show, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 23 Lucas M Mangope, 1st president of Bophuthatswana (1977-94)
  • Dec 23 Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Dec 23 Ruth Roman, actress (Sylvia-Knots Landing, Dallas), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 23 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist
  • Dec 23 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor
  • Dec 23 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (d. 1954)
  • Dec 24 Wilton S Mkwayi, South African ANC leader
  • Dec 24 George Patton IV, American general (d. 2004)
  • Dec 24 Michael DiBiase, American wrestler (d. 1969)
  • Dec 25 Louis Lane, Eagle Pass Texas, conductor (Oere Orch 1968-73)
  • Dec 28 Andrew Duggan, actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War)
  • Dec 30 Sara A Lidman, Swedish author (Jag Och Min Son, Samtal in Hanoi)

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 18 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) divorces Daisy Parker after 5 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Virginie Loveling, Belgian writer and poet (b. 1836)
  • Dec 2 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 8 Dom Joseph Pothier, French Benedictine/musicologist, dies at 88
  • Dec 12 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Ball du Comte), dies at 20
  • Dec 14 Giuseppi Gallignani, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 16 Pongrac Kacsoh, composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 22 Arthur H Bird, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 26 Dietrich Eckart, German Nazi politician (b. 1868)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 27 Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], engineer (Eiffel Tower), dies at 91

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel