What Happened in December 1934

Historical Events


MurderAssassination

Dec 1 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov assassinated, Stalin uses as excuse to begin the Great Purge of 1934-38

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Dec 2 5.08-m (200") Mt Palomar Observatory mirror is cast
  • Dec 3 Italian colonial Tripoli & Cyrenaica annexed to Libya
  • Dec 3 KYW-AM in Chicago Ill moves to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 7 Wiley Post discovers jet stream
  • Dec 8 Friedrich Wolf's "Professor Mamlock" premieres in Zurich
  • Dec 9 NY Giants defeat Chicago Bears 30-13 for NFL championship
  • Dec 10 Fascist dictator of Latvia Ulmanis begins building concentration camp
  • Dec 10 NFL adopts player waiver rule; applies after 6th game of season
  • Dec 10 Saint-Adelbert cooperation formed by Catholic elite
  • Dec 11 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland
  • Dec 11 1st Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher unsuccessful vs Rangers
  • Dec 11 Ford C Frick becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Dec 11 NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)
  • Dec 13 Mark Hellinger Theater (Warner Bros) opens at 237 W 51st St NYC
  • Dec 14 1st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany NY)
  • Dec 15 Fokker F18 Snip flies to the Dutch West Indies
  • Dec 19 Japan agrees to naval treaty of 1922 & 1930
  • Dec 22 1st flight from Netherland to Curacao (Christmas flight 1934)
  • Dec 22 Miss Theo Trowbridge sets female bowling record 702 pins in games
  • Dec 24 Grimmett takes 9-180 for SA as Queensland make 430
  • Dec 25 Four centuries for SA as they make 7-644 v Qld before 6,180
  • Dec 25 Samson Raphaelson's "Accent on Youth" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
  • Dec 27 1st youth hostel in US opens (Northfield, Mass)
  • Dec 27 Shah of Persia declares Persia now Iran
  • Dec 27 Vernon Duke & James Hanley's musical premieres in NYC
  • Dec 29 1st collegiate basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 29 Federico Garcia Lorca's "Yerma" premieres in Madrid
  • Dec 29 Japan renounces Wash Naval Treaty of 1922 & London Treaty of 1930
  • Dec 31 Helen Richey becomes 1st woman to pilot an airmail transport

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Dec 1 Hilly Axwijk, Suriname social worker
  • Dec 2 Andre Rodgers, baseball player (d. 2004)
  • Dec 3 Viktor Vassilyevich Gorbatko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 24, 37/36)
  • Dec 4 Victor French, actor (Highway to Heaven), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Dec 4 Wink Martindale, TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Dec 5 Joan Didion, US author and journalist (The year of Magical Thinking), born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 6 Nick Bockwinkel, wrestler (WCW/AWA)
  • Dec 9 Alan Ridout, English composer, born in West Wickham, (d. 1996)

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Dec 9 Judi Dench, British actress (Henry V, Wetherby, Skyfall), born in York, England

Actress Judi Dench
Actress
Judi Dench
  • Dec 9 [Amos] Junior Wells, blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Dec 10 Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
  • Dec 11 Salim Durani, cricketer (successful Indian batsman of 60's)
  • Dec 12 Habib Hassan Touma, composer
  • Dec 12 Miguel de la Madrid, President of Mexico (1982-1988), born in Colima, Mexico (d. 2012)
  • Dec 13 Richard Darryl Zanuck, film producer/executive, (d. 2012)
  • Dec 14 Petrus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist
  • Dec 17 Ray Wilson, English footballer
  • Dec 18 John Bingham, Lord Lucan, British peer suspected of murdering his nanny who disappeared, born in London (presumed dead)
  • Dec 18 Boris Valentinovich Volynov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 5, 21)
  • Dec 19 Al Kaline, baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 19 Rudi Carrell, [Rudolf W Kesselman], Dutch showmaster
  • Dec 19 Casper R. Taylor, Jr., American politician
  • Dec 21 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, born in Junagadh, India (d. 2016)
  • Dec 22 David Pearson, American racecar driver
  • Dec 24 Stjepan Mesić, president of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement and president of Croatia.
  • Dec 25 Bob Martinez, (Gov-Fl)
  • Dec 25 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist
  • Dec 25 John Ashley, actor (Clipper-Straightaway), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Dec 25 McKinley Mitchell, US gospel/singer (The Town I Live In)
  • Dec 27 Larissa Latynina, Ukraine, gymnist (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64)
  • Dec 28 David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Dakota Road, Barton Fink)
  • Dec 28 John Akers, business executive

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 28 Maggie Smith, English actress (Death on Nile, Clash of Titans), born in Ilford, England

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith
  • Dec 28 Peggy Wilson, American LPGA golfer, born in Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dec 28 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (d. 1987)
  • Dec 29 Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 29 Tom Jarriel, LaGrange Ga, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20)
  • Dec 30 Barry Briggs, NZ auto maker (World Champion 1957, 58, 64, 66)
  • Dec 30 Nicolas Coster, British actor (Our Private World, Ryan's Four), born in London, UK
  • Dec 30 Russ Tamblyn, actor (Win Place or Steal, Twin Peaks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 30 Joseph Bologna, American actor (Citizen Cohn, My Favorite Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 30 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • Dec 30 John Norris Bahcall, American physicist (d. 2005)
  • Dec 30 Joseph P. Hoar, former US Central Command commander
  • Dec 31 Akram Awan, Islamic scholar

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Sergei M Kirov, Josef Stalin's collaborator, assassinated in Leningrad
  • Dec 3 Charles James O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. 1849)
  • Dec 6 Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1863)
  • Dec 8 Bernhard Seklas, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 12 Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)
  • Dec 13 Thomas A. Watson, American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (b. 1854)
  • Dec 15 Maggie L. Walker, African American teacher and businesswoman (1st female Bank President),dies at 69