What Happened in December 1927

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 First Model A Fords sold, for $385

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Dec 2 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black announces to the Geological Society of China that the ancient human fossils from Zhoukoudian, China are a new species which he has named 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Davidson Black
  • Dec 4 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow

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Dec 4 Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Dec 4 Pirates Paul Waner wins NL MVP
  • Dec 10 Grand Ole Opry makes its 1st radio broadcast, in Nashville, TN
  • Dec 14 Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • Dec 15 Ed Hickman kidnaps child he later beheads

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Dec 16 Cricket 1st-class debut of Don Bradman, NSW v South Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 17 Bradman scores 118 on 1st-class cricket debut, 188 mins 8 fours
  • Dec 17 US submarine S-4 sinks after collision killing all 34 aboard
  • Dec 17 Victoria score 793 against Queensland, Bill Ponsford 437
  • Dec 24 Test Cricket debut of Walter Hammond, who scored 51 & took 5-36 v S Af
  • Dec 27 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 27 Philip Barry's "Paris Bound" premieres in NYC

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Dec 27 Stalin's faction wins All-Union Congress in USSR, Trotsky expelled

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

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Dec 28 George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Royal Family" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • Dec 30 Japan dedicates 1st subway in Orient (route under 2 miles long)
  • Dec 31 Ponsford scores 336 against SA, giving him 1146 for month

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Grant Beglarian, composer
  • Dec 3 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, actress/singer (Outland, Comics)
  • Dec 3 Andy Williams, Wall Lake Iowa, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show) (d. 2012)

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Dec 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Dec 6 Jacques Bondon, composer
  • Dec 7 Vlastimir Pericic, composer
  • Dec 7 Helen Watts, British contralto
  • Dec 8 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 4, 8, 10)
  • Dec 8 Ferdie Pacheco, the "Fight Doctor"
  • Dec 9 Pierre Henry, composer
  • Dec 11 Stein Eriksen, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • Dec 11 John Buscema, American comics artist (d. 2002)
  • Dec 12 Robert Noyce, American inventor (d. 1990)
  • Dec 14 Jacobus G Rietkerk, Dutch internal minister (VVD) (1982-86)
  • Dec 14 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (d. 1998)
  • Dec 16 G Randall P D Garrett, US, sci-fi writer (Takeoff (too)!)
  • Dec 16 Peter [Malcolm] Dickinson, Zambia, sci-fi author (Heartsease)
  • Dec 17 Richard Long, actor (Prof-Nanny & the Professor), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 18 Ramsey Clark, US attorney General (1967-69)
  • Dec 18 Sterling Lanier, US, writer (Hiero's Journey)
  • Dec 18 Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada
  • Dec 19 James Booth, Croydon, Surrey, English actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum)
  • Dec 20 Jim Simpson, sportscaster
  • Dec 20 Kim Young-sam, politician and activist - President of South Korea (1993-98), born in Geoje (d. 2015)
  • Dec 21 Michael Carreras, film director
  • Dec 23 Joseph Castaldo, composer
  • Dec 24 Mary Higgins Clark, American suspense novelist (Cry in the Night, Stillwatch), born in Bronx, NY
  • Dec 24 Teresa Stich-Randall, US soprano (Vienna State Opera)
  • Dec 25 Nellie Fox, White Sox infielder (AL MVP 1959), (d. 1975)
  • Dec 26 Alan King, American comedian/actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 26 Denis Quilley, actor (Masada), born in London, England
  • Dec 26 Stu Miller, American baseball player
  • Dec 27 Antony Gardner, British politician
  • Dec 27 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director, and writer (All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Dec 28 Anne Armstrong, US ambassador and first female counsel to the President, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2008)
  • Dec 28 Simon Raven, English playwright/critic (Alms for Oblivion)
  • Dec 29 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 29 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (d. 1985)
  • Dec 30 Bernard Barrow, actor (Ryan's Hope, Louie Slavinsky-Loving), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 M Lawrence Antouin, college president (Emeritis)
  • Dec 31 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), born in Riesa, Saxony (d. 2008)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 1 Chinese political and military leader Chiang Kai-shek (40) weds Soong May-ling (28) in Shanghai

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 12 Heinrich Reitsch, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 14 Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (b. 1842)
  • Dec 16 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 21 Jack Saunders, cricketer (79 wickets-14 Tests for Aust 1902-08), dies
  • Dec 25 Sergei D Sazonov, Russian Foreign minister (1910-16), dies at 66