What Happened in December 1936

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 2nd Heisman Trophy Award: Larry Kelley, Yale (E)
  • Dec 1 Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use
  • Dec 1 EW Brundin & FF Lyon obtain patent on soilless culture of plants
  • Dec 5 24th CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia Imperials defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20
  • Dec 5 Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakh SSR & Kirghiz SSR becomes constituent republics of Soviet Union
  • Dec 8 Anastasio Somoza García elected President of Nicaragua
  • Dec 8 NAACP files suit to equalize salaries of black & white teachers
  • Dec 9 AL OKs night baseball for St Louis

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Dec 9 Australia all out 58 v England, Bradman out for a duck

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 10 Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry

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Dec 10 Britain replaces King Edward VIII stamp series with King George VI

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII

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Dec 10 Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up British throne to marry Wallis Simpson

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII

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Dec 12 Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Dec 12 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Dec 13 Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Wash DC

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Dec 13 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship with a 10–1–1 record under coach Curly Lambeau

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Dec 15 KVL-AM in Seattle Wash changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
  • Dec 16 John Monks/Fred Finklehoff's "Brother Rat" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 17 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV
  • Dec 18 Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17
  • Dec 18 Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in SF
  • Dec 21 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out 80
  • Dec 22 1st common carrier license issued by ICC, Scranton, Pa
  • Dec 23 Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Dec 24 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered, Berkeley, Ca
  • Dec 25 Belgian bishops condemn fascism & communism
  • Dec 25 Ron Hamence scores 104 for SA v Queensland before 4,865
  • Dec 26 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms
  • Dec 30 United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher Body Plant

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Peter Michael Braun, composer
  • Dec 4 Larry Davis, blues singer/guitarist
  • Dec 5 James Lee Burke, American writer
  • Dec 6 Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist
  • Dec 6 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Dec 7 Martha Layne Collins, Baghdad Ky, (Gov-D-Ky)
  • Dec 8 David Carradine, actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 8 Peter Parfitt, cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's)
  • Dec 8 W S "Buster" Farrer, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64)
  • Dec 8 Brad Jurjens, Estonia, director (The Bank Job)
  • Dec 11 Hans van den Broek, Dutch foreign minister (-1992)
  • Dec 11 Taku Yamasaki, Japanese politician
  • Dec 12 Bengt Emil Johnson, composer
  • Dec 12 Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Dec 13 Karim Aga Khan, leader of the Nizari Ismailis, prince and billionaire
  • Dec 13 J. C. Martin, American baseball player
  • Dec 14 Robert Alan Ridley Parker, PhD/astronaut (STS 9, STS 35), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 16 Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Dec 17 Frank Martinus Arion, [F Efraim M], Antilles, writer (Double Play)
  • Dec 17 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)

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Dec 17 Pope Francis [Jorge Mario Bergoglio], Catholic Pope (2013-) 1st Jesuit pope, 1st from the Americas and 1st non-European pope since Syrian Gregory III in 741, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pope Francis
  • Dec 18 Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • Dec 19 Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957
  • Dec 22 Hector Elizondo, actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 James Burke, British writer
  • Dec 22 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish actor (d. 1969)
  • Dec 23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 23 Claude Albert Coppens, composer
  • Dec 23 Frederic Forrest, Waxahachie TX, actor (Music Box, Lonesone Dove)
  • Dec 23 James Stacy [ Maurice William Elias], American actor (Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Dec 25 Alexandra HEOC, English princess/daughter of Sir Angus Ogilvy
  • Dec 25 Ismail Merchant, Bombay India, producer (Householder)
  • Dec 26 Kitty Dukakis, substance abuser/wife of Michael (Gov-Mass)
  • Dec 27 Lee Salk, doctor (CBS TV)
  • Dec 27 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer (12 Tests), born in Shipley, West Yorkshire (d. 2014)
  • Dec 28 Jacques Mesrine, French criminal (d. 1979)
  • Dec 28 Lawrence Schiller, American journalist

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Dec 29 Ray Nitschke, Elmwood Park Illinois, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers)

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke
  • Dec 29 Vitaly Alexeyevich Godzyatsky, composer
  • Dec 29 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (30) weds first wife Judith Coppicus

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey (23) weds archaeologist Louis Leakey (33) in England

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Mary Leakey
Archaeologist Louis Leakey
Louis Leakey
  • Dec 28 British best-selling romantic author Barbara Cartland (35) marries 2nd husband Hugh McCorquodale

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 John Ringling, American circus owner (b. 1866)
  • Dec 10 Luigi Pirandello, Italian writer (Enrico IV, Nobel 1934), dies at 69
  • Dec 10 Robert Abel, cricketer (744 runs in 13 Tests for Eng 1888-1902), dies
  • Dec 18 Andrija Mohorovičić, Austro-Hungarian-born Yugoslav seismologist (b. 1857)
  • Dec 20 Baron De Borchgrave, Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid
  • Dec 25 Pierre Maurice, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Hans von Seeckt, German Gen/advisor of Chiang Kai-shek, dies at 70
  • Dec 31 Miguel de Unamuno Jugo, Span philosopher/poet (Cancionero), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 William FA Ellison, Irish clergyman/astronomer, dies at 72