What Happened in December 1930

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 NHL drops 20 minute slashing-about-the-head penalty
  • Dec 3 Airborn chemicals combine with fog to kill 60 (Meuse Valley, Belgium)
  • Dec 3 Otto Ender forms Austrian government
  • Dec 3 Richard Rodgers/L Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London
  • Dec 4 Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control
  • Dec 6 18th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Balmy Beach defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6
  • Dec 7 13th PGA Championship: Tommy Armour at Fresh Meadows CC Flushing
  • Dec 8 Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway NYC
  • Dec 8 Cole Porter's musical "NYCers" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 11 Bank of the United States closes in New York City
  • Dec 12 Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book
  • Dec 12 Baseball changes rule, ball bounces into stands not a HR, now a double
  • Dec 12 Start of the 1st Australia v West Indies Test (at Adelaide)
  • Dec 13 French government of André Tardieu falls for the second time
  • Dec 13 George Sisler's career ends when Boston Braves release him
  • Dec 13 Theodore Steeg forms French government
  • Dec 14 NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game

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Dec 15 Don Bradman takes his 1st Test Cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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Dec 16 Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E Sullivan Award

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones

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Dec 19 James Weldon Johnson resigns as executive secretary of NAACP

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • Dec 20 Learie Constantine cricket 100 in 52 mins WI v Tas (10x4, 1x6, 1x5)
  • Dec 22 Convention of Economic Rapprochement/Oslo Agreesments signed between some European countries in response to the Great Depression

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Dec 23 Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Dec 23 Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in NYC

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Dec 24 Sukarno sentenced to four years in prison by Indonesian authorities in Bandung, Dutch East Indies

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Dec 24 F Garcia Lorca's "La Zapatera Prodigiosa" premieres in Madrid
  • Dec 25 1st US bobsled run open to public (Lake Placid, NY)
  • Dec 25 Mt Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opens
  • Dec 25 Slinger Nitschke scores 142 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,422
  • Dec 25 Tasmania all out 280, WI 2-139 at Hobart Crowd 2,500
  • Dec 29 Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans
  • Dec 31 Pontifical encyclical Casti connubii against mixed marriages
  • Dec 31 US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (d. 2002)
  • Dec 2 Gary Becker, American economist, recipient of the Bank of Sweden Prize, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 3 Jean-Luc Godard, French director (Alphaville, Hail Mary, Breathless)
  • Dec 4 Harvey Kuenn, baseball player (AL Rookie of the Year-1953)
  • Dec 4 Paul-Heinz Dittrich, composer
  • Dec 4 Roman Semyonovich Ledenyou, composer
  • Dec 4 Ronnie Corbett, comedian (The Two Ronnies), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist, (d. 2013)
  • Dec 7 Richard Felciano, composer
  • Dec 7 Hal Smith, American baseball player, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 8 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry
  • Dec 8 John Morressy, US, sci-fi author (Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane)
  • Dec 8 Maximilian Schell, Austria, actor/director (Odessa File, Julia)
  • Dec 8 Julian Critchley, British politician (d. 2000)
  • Dec 9 Buck Henry, screenwriter/comedian (SNL, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 10 Clayton K Yeutter, Nebraska, US trade rep/Republican National chairman
  • Dec 11 Jean-Louis Trintignant, France, actor/director (Man & a Woman, Z)
  • Dec 11 Leonard Friedman, violinist
  • Dec 11 Chus Lampreave, Spanish actress
  • Dec 12 Friedrich Voss, composer
  • Dec 12 Bill Beutel, American journalist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 13 Genevieve Page, actress (Day & the Hour)
  • Dec 13 Robert Prosky, actor (Christine, Sgt Jablonski-Hill St Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 15 Alim-ud-Din, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62)
  • Dec 15 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace)
  • Dec 16 Bill Young, Harmarville, PA, politician (Congress, 1993-2013), (d. 2013)

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Dec 17 Bob Guccione, [Robert C J Edwa], US publisher (Penthouse, Omni), (d. 2010)

Publisher Bob Guccione
Bob Guccione
  • Dec 17 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Dec 17 Makoto Moroi, composer
  • Dec 17 Armin Mueller-Stahl, German actor
  • Dec 18 Bill Skowron [Moose], MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Dec 21 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, secretary of Council of Churches
  • Dec 22 Peter Hall, Suffolk England, director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Dec 22 Larry Stevenson [Richard], skateboard innovator (kicktail), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2012)
  • Dec 24 Robert Joffrey, [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], US, dancer
  • Dec 25 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and father of Andre Agassi
  • Dec 25 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (d. 1986)
  • Dec 26 Donald Moffat, Plymouth England, actor (Kent-Logan's Run)
  • Dec 26 Sayed Mutawli imam ad-Darsh, scholar/broadcaster
  • Dec 27 Jacqueline Fontijn, Flemish composer
  • Dec 27 Meg Greenfield, US politician(?)
  • Dec 27 Wilfrid Sheed, England, writer (Boys of Winter, Hack)
  • Dec 29 Willy Giefer, composer
  • Dec 30 Jerome Theisen, benedictine
  • Dec 31 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 6 Pablo Neruda marries Marie A Hagenaar Vogelzang in Batavia

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 9 Jim Slight, cricketer (represented Australia at Oval 1880), dies
  • Dec 11 Friedrich von Bernhardi, German war theorist/historian, dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Fritz Pregl, Slovenian/Austrian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • Dec 17 Peter Warlock, composer, dies at 36
  • Dec 19 Johnny Douglas, cricketer (soccer int, boxing gold medal), drowns
  • Dec 23 Johannes H Been, Brielle archivist, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Eduard David, German minister (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Oskar Nedbal, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 25 Harvey Worthington Loomis, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 27 William Courtleigh, actor (Madame X, Eyes of Youth), dies at 63