What Happened in December 1937

Historical Events

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Dec 1 Japan recognizes Franco government

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Dec 7 Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work

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Dec 7 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Dec 7 Russian chess player Alekhine recaptures world title from Max Euwe
  • Dec 11 25th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
  • Dec 11 Italy withdraws from League of Nations
  • Dec 12 NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY
  • Dec 12 Washington Redskins win NFL championship
  • Dec 12 Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations)
  • Dec 12 1938 NFL Draft: Corbett Davis from University of Indiana first pick by Cleveland Rams
  • Dec 14 Japanese troops conquer/plunder Nanjing
  • Dec 16 Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
  • Dec 20 Bill O'Reilly takes 9-41 for NSW against South Australia
  • Dec 21 O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 21 The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Dec 22 Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic
  • Dec 23 First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
  • Dec 24 Dutch government recognizes Italian king Emanuel III as emperor of Abyssinia
  • Dec 25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio
  • Dec 25 Queensland all out for 93 v SA in front of 10,436

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Dec 27 Bradman scores 246 SA v Queensland, 364 mins, 20 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 27 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany

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Dec 27 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • Dec 28 Fascist Octavian Goga becomes PM of Romania/begins spread of Judaism
  • Dec 29 2nd Irish constitution comes into effect; Irish Free State renamed Erie
  • Dec 29 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass.World heavyweight title - youngest ever
  • Dec 29 Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Gordon Crosse, Bury Lancashire England, composer (Grace of Todd)
  • Dec 1 Chuck Low, American actor
  • Dec 1 Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, 6th President of Latvia
  • Dec 2 Brian Lumley, England, sci-fi author (Compleat Crow, Psychomech)
  • Dec 3 Bobby Allison, auto racer (3 time winner of Daytona 500)
  • Dec 3 Stephen Rubin, English attorney/shoe manufacturer (Reebok, Adidas)
  • Dec 3 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian linguist
  • Dec 4 Max Baer Jr, actor (Jethro-Beverly Hillbillies), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 6 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2006)
  • Dec 7 Thad Cochran, (Sen-R-Miss)
  • Dec 8 James MacArthur, actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 8 Jan van Houwelingen, Dutch undersecretary of Defense (CDA)
  • Dec 8 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman (d. 2004)
  • Dec 9 Darwin Joston, American actor (d. 1998)
  • Dec 10 Don Bies, Cottonwood ID, PGA golfer (1975 Sammy Davis Jr)
  • Dec 10 Don Sebesky, Perth Amboy NJ, orchestra leader (Jimmy Dean Show)
  • Dec 11 Adrian J Vlok, South African NP-minister of Law & Order (1986- )
  • Dec 11 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), born in Grayling, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Dec 12 Buford Pusser, American sheriff (d. 1974)
  • Dec 13 Rob Houwer, Dutch director/producer/actor (OK, Professor Columbus)
  • Dec 15 John [Thomas] Sladek, US, sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)
  • Dec 15 Karen Morrow, Chic, actress (Aunt Minerva-Tabitha, Jim Nabors Hour)
  • Dec 16 Jim Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again)
  • Dec 16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • Dec 16 Joyce Bulifant, actress (Marie- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Dec 16 Edward Ruscha, American artist (Pop Art), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 17 Art Neville, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 17 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (d. 2005)
  • Dec 17 John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)
  • Dec 17 Calvin Waller, US Army general (d. 1996)
  • Dec 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present)

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Dec 21 Jane Fonda, actress (Barbarella, Klute), physically fit, born in NYC, New York

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Dec 21 Donald F. Munson, American politician
  • Dec 22 Marco J de Castro, Dutch Antillian politician
  • Dec 23 Karol Joseph Bobko, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6, STS 51D, STS 51J), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 24 Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player
  • Dec 25 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 26 John Horton Conway, British mathematician
  • Dec 26 Jay Heimowitz, American poker player
  • Dec 28 Ratan Tata, Indian industrialist
  • Dec 29 Barbara Steele, Birkenhead, Cheshire, English actress (Black Sunday, 8½)
  • Dec 30 John Hartford, country singer (Gentle on My Mind), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Paul Stookey, singer/musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary)
  • Dec 30 Gordon Banks, English footballer

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Dec 31 Anthony Hopkins, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty)

  • Dec 31 Nicolas Born, German writer, born in Duisburg (d. 1979)
  • Dec 31 Avram Hershko, Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry, born in Karcag, Hungary

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 9 Writer Walter Lippmann (48) divorces first wife Faye Albertson after 20 years of marriage

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Prosper Poullet, Belgian mayor, dies
  • Dec 9 Nils Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • Dec 12 Alfred Abel, actor (Dr Mabuse, Metropolis), dies at 57
  • Dec 17 Gerard Vissering, banker/president of Dutch Bank, dies at 72
  • Dec 18 S S Schultz, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies
  • Dec 20 Erich Ludendorff, German general (WW I), dies at 72

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Dec 21 Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, dies at 80

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
  • Dec 22 Daito Kokushi, Zen founder of Daitokuji, dies in Kyoto at 55
  • Dec 26 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, dies of tuberculosis at 47
  • Dec 28 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • Dec 29 Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)