What Happened in December 1931

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Ottawa branch of Royal Mint begins operation as Royal Canadian Mint
  • Dec 3 Alka Seltzer goes on sale
  • Dec 4 "Frankenstein" opens at Mayfair
  • Dec 5 CFL Grey Cup: Mtl AAA beats Regina, 22-0 at Montreal

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Dec 7 Bradman scores 219 NSW v South Africa, 234 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 8 Coaxial cable patented
  • Dec 9 Benn W Levy's "Springtime for Henry" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 9 Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol
  • Dec 9 Spain becomes a republic
  • Dec 9 Baseball cuts squad from 25 to 23 players & NL continues to prohibit uniform numbers

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Dec 10 Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams

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Dec 10 Manuel Azaña becomes Prime Minister of Spain with Niceto Zamora as President

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • Dec 11 Japan leaves the Gold Standard
  • Dec 11 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (which was not at that time part of Canada)
  • Dec 12 Japanese government of Imukai forms
  • Dec 14 1st assembly of Anton Musserts NSB in Utrecht
  • Dec 16 German SPD begins Iron Front against fascism
  • Dec 19 Bradman scores 112 Australia v South Africa at cricket SCG
  • Dec 19 Joseph A Lyons (C) becomes premier of Australia
  • Dec 25 Albert Lonergan scores 137 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,697
  • Dec 25 Fleetwood-Smith takes 5-69 Victoria v Tas at Hobart
  • Dec 25 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio
  • Dec 26 George/Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing," premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" opens on Bdwy

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Dec 28 Lin-Sen succeeds Chiang Kai-shek as President of Nanjing-China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Dec 29 Identification of heavy water publicly announced, HC Urey
  • Dec 29 Victoria score 7 for 435 in second innings to beat NSW

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (d. 1986)
  • Dec 1 Jim Nesbitt, singer (d. 2007)
  • Dec 2 Edwin Meese III, US attorney General (1985-88), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 2 Hatsumi Masaaki, Founder and head of the Bujinkan Dojo organization
  • Dec 3 Ellen Blazer, Dutch TV director (Sonja)
  • Dec 3 Jaye P Morgan, Mancos Colo, singer/actress (Gong Show, Night Patrol)
  • Dec 3 Franz Josef Degenhardt, German author
  • Dec 4 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 4 Wally George, American TV commentator (d. 2003)
  • Dec 6 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (d. 1996)
  • Dec 8 Rudolf Komorous, composer
  • Dec 9 William Reynolds, American actor
  • Dec 9 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech actor
  • Dec 11 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, leader B-sect/guru of rich
  • Dec 11 Richard Devon, actor (Battle of Blood Island), born in Glendale, California

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Dec 11 Rita Moreno, [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Humacao, Puerto Rico, singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story)

Singer/Dancer/Actress Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
  • Dec 12 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian writer and journalist, born in Sirjan, Kerman (d. 1994)
  • Dec 12 Lionel Blair, choreographer (Spotlight), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 14 Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (d. 2002)
  • Dec 15 Evald Schorm, Prague Czech, director (Courage for Every Day)

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Dec 16 Tom Brookshier, Roswell New Mexico, American football player and sportscaster

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • Dec 17 Yvonne Keuls, [Bamberg], Dutch writer (Jan Rap & Co)
  • Dec 17 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 18 Gunnel Lindblom, Goeteborg Sweden, actor (Hunger, Virgin Spring)
  • Dec 18 Noel McGregor, cricketer (batted in 25 Tests for NZ 1955-65)
  • Dec 18 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager
  • Dec 18 Alison Plowden, English historian (d. 2007)
  • Dec 20 Mala Powers, American film actress (d. 2007)
  • Dec 21 Caroline Kaart, [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer
  • Dec 21 David Baker, composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Dec 23 Ronnie Schell, Richmond Cal, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Good Morning World)
  • Dec 24 Jill Bennett, Malaysian actress (Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle), born in Penang
  • Dec 24 Mauricio Kagel, Argentina/German composer
  • Dec 25 Carlos Castaneda, US, writer/mystic (Eagle's Gift, Fire From Within)
  • Dec 25 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker
  • Dec 26 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician
  • Dec 26 Thomas K "Tom" van Brook, actor/interpreter (Soldier of Orange)
  • Dec 27 Scotty Moore, guitarist (for Elvis), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • Dec 28 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66", "Adam 12"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Dec 28 Georg "Org" Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
  • Dec 28 Guy Debord, situationist
  • Dec 28 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • Dec 29 Prince Gu of Korea, Korean royalty (d. 2005)
  • Dec 30 Charles A Bassett II, Captain USAF/astronaut, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Dec 30 Richard Christ, writer
  • Dec 30 Skeeter Davis, [Mary Penick], Dry Ridge Ky, singer (End of World)
  • Dec 30 Ike Skelton, Lexington, MI, congressman (1977-2011), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 31 Bob Shaw, Belfast, Northern Ireland, sci-fi author (Light of Other Days, The Ragged Astronauts)

Famous Weddings

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Dec 3 Silent film actress Clara Bow (26) weds actor and politician Rex Bell (28) in Las Vegas

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Propagandist Joseph Goebbels (34) weds Magda Ritschel (30) at Günther Quandt's farm in Mecklenburg, Germany

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • Dec 26 SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich marries Lina von Osten

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D'indy, French count/composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
  • Dec 10 Max Elskamp, Belgian author/poet (Six Chansons), dies at 69
  • Dec 13 Gustave le Bon, French psychologist (b. 1840)
  • Dec 16 Gustave J Waffelaert, Flemish theologist/bishop of Bruges, dies at 82
  • Dec 18 John T "Legs" Diamond, US gangster, murdered at 35
  • Dec 23 Wilson Bentley, American scientist (b. 1865)
  • Dec 26 Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal classification (b. 1851)
  • Dec 27 Peter Christian Lutkin, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 27 Walter Courvoisier, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 30 Tyrone Power Sr, actor (Big Trial, Test of Donald Norton), dies at 62