What Happened in December 1928

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 CFL Grey Cup: Ham Tigers beats Regina 30-0 at Hamilton
  • Dec 1 Railroad museum opens in Utrecht Neth
  • Dec 2 Cardinals' 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP
  • Dec 4 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane
  • Dec 5 MW Miklas elected president of Austria

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Dec 11 Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on President-elect Herbert Hoover

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Dec 11 NL President John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
  • Dec 12 Nichols/Browne's "Wings over Europe" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 13 Clip-on tie designed
  • Dec 13 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (NYC)

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Dec 14 2nd Test Cricket Australia v England starts with Bradman 12th man

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 17 John McGraw backs NL Pres John Heydler's designated hitter idea
  • Dec 19 1st autogyro flight in US
  • Dec 20 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 20 Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St NYC
  • Dec 23 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network
  • Dec 24 George Abbott Theater (Adelphi, 54 St) opens at 152 W 54th St NYC
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day attendance at cricket MCG (Vic v NSW) Australia is 14,887
  • Dec 25 NSW (v Vic) go from 8-74 to 9-113 to be 9-367 at stumps
  • Dec 26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming
  • Dec 26 World record 10th wicket stand 307 (Kippax / Hooker) NSW v Vic
  • Dec 28 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made

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Dec 28 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 4 Russell L Rogers, USAF/astronaut (X-20)
  • Dec 4 Dena Dietrich, American actress
  • Dec 6 Bert Geoffrey Achong, inventor (electron microscopist)
  • Dec 6 Bobby Van, American singer (d. 1980)

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Dec 7 Noam Chomsky, American linguist (founded transformational grammar), philospher and political activist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Linguist & Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist & Author
Noam Chomsky
  • Dec 7 Raymond Henry Charles Warren, composer
  • Dec 8 Ulric Neisser, Kiel, Germany, America psychologist (Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns, Bell Curve task force head), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 9 Dick Van Patten, actor (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), born in Queens, NY (d. 2015)
  • Dec 9 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver
  • Dec 10 John Colicos, actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 10 Dan Blocker, De Kalb Texas, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza)
  • Dec 11 Tomas Gutierrez Alea, filmmaker
  • Dec 12 Helen Frankenthaler, NY, abstract expressionist artist (Arden)
  • Dec 12 Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist
  • Dec 12 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-born Kyrgyz writer (Jamila)
  • Dec 13 W Gordon Smith, Scottish playwright, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • Dec 13 Jack Tramiel, Lodz Poland, American Businessman (Amiga, Commodore 64), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 15 Jimmy Nelson, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 15 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (d. 2000)
  • Dec 15 Jerry Wallace, American singer
  • Dec 16 Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian
  • Dec 16 Philip K[indred] Dick, US, sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 17 Marilyn Beck, newspaper columnist
  • Dec 17 Eli Beeding, Sherman, TX, Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, (d. 2013)
  • Dec 18 Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal
  • Dec 19 Galt MacDermot, composer (Letting Down My Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 19 Michael Hurd, composer
  • Dec 19 Nathan Oliveira, American artist
  • Dec 20 Charles Donald Adams, singer
  • Dec 20 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • Dec 21 Ed Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 21 Thomas Rajna, composer
  • Dec 22 Piero Angelo, Italian writer (Control)
  • Dec 23 Chronis Aidonidis, Greek singer
  • Dec 23 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • Dec 25 Earl Brown, Salt Lake City Ut, actor (Stovall-Operation Petticoat)
  • Dec 28 Kamillo Lendvay, composer
  • Dec 28 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)
  • Dec 29 Bernard Cribbins, Oldham England, actor (Val Doonican Show)
  • Dec 30 Bo Diddley, [Ellas Bates], Miss, rock `n' roll pioneer (Bo Diddley)
  • Dec 31 Hugh McElhenny, NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit)
  • Dec 31 Ross Barbour, singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • Dec 31 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, born in Viipuri (d. 2015)
  • Dec 31 Siné, French cartoonist
  • Dec 31 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (b. 1888)
  • Dec 5 Johannes F "Johan" Bakker Sr, actor/husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61
  • Dec 10 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator (b. 1868)
  • Dec 11 Lewis Howard Latimer, American inventor (carbon filament lightbulb), dies at 80
  • Dec 14 Theodore Roberts, actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), dies at 77
  • Dec 16 Elinor Wylie, American poet and writer (b. 1885)
  • Dec 18 Lucien Capet, composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 21 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • Dec 21 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal (WW I, Caporetto), dies at 78