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 Penn
  • 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 Neth 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 (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, Jackson Tn, TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This)
  • 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, English actress (Henry V, Wetherby), 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, Colima Mexico, President of Mexico (1982-1988), (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 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, Ilford England, actress (Death on Nile, Clash of Titans)

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