What Happened in December 1940

Historical Events

  • Dec 6 Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
  • Dec 6 Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
  • Dec 7 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
  • Dec 7 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
  • Dec 7 The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew
  • Dec 8 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
  • Dec 9 British assault on Benghazi, Libya: first major allied offensive in North Africa
  • Dec 9 Illegal Jewish immigrants to Haifa are deported to Mauritius
  • Dec 9 South Australia all out for 47 v NSW, O'Reilly 5-11
  • Dec 10 British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
  • Dec 10 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears

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Dec 11 Russian general Georgy Zhukov warns of German assault

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • Dec 12 British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
  • Dec 16 British air raid on Mannheim

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 16 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Dec 17 British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt

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Dec 20 Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Dec 22 World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
  • Dec 23 John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance" premieres in NYC

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Dec 25 Bradman out 1st ball for SA v Victoria before 6213

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 25 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts "Pal Joey" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 1st-class cricket debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
  • Dec 26 JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC
  • Dec 28 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
  • Dec 29 Germany drops its 1st incendiary bombs on London during the Blitz
  • Dec 29 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14
  • Dec 30 California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Matthias Habich, actor (Straight to the Heart, A Corps Perdu)
  • Dec 1 Mike Denness, cricketer (England batsman & captain mid-70s), (d. 2013)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 1 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Pecoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Dec 1 Ron Finn, NHL linesman, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, NHL goalie (Bruin, longest undefeated streak-32 games)
  • Dec 2 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 3 Jeffrey R. Holland, American religious leader
  • Dec 4 Freddy Cannon, [Picariello], Lynn Ma, rocker (Palisades Park)
  • Dec 4 Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)
  • Dec 5 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
  • Dec 5 Peter Pohl, Swedish writer
  • Dec 5 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler
  • Dec 6 Steve Alaimo, rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 6 Lawrence Bergman, Quebec politician
  • Dec 7 Kumar Shahani, writer/director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan)
  • Dec 7 Stan Boardman, English comedian
  • Dec 8 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks)
  • Dec 8 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • Dec 9 Sammy Strain, US singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad)
  • Dec 10 William Fred Dempster, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 11 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 12 Dionne Warwick, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Shirley Englehorn, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 12 Sharad Pawar, Indian politician
  • Dec 13 Edith Clever, Wuppertal Germany, actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente)
  • Dec 13 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 14 Lex Gold, Scottish football administrator
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • Dec 16 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch vocalist/composer
  • Dec 17 Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
  • Dec 18 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
  • Dec 18 Bramwell Morrison, member of Sharon, Lois & Bram
  • Dec 19 Phil Ochs, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Dec 20 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • Dec 21 Frank Zappa, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 21 Paul, [Ray Hildebrand], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • Dec 23 Eugene Record, US singer (Chi Lites-Give it Away)
  • Dec 23 Jorma Kaukonen, rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 23 Robert Labine, French-Canadian politician
  • Dec 24 Anthony Fauci, US health official
  • Dec 24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- )
  • Dec 24 Sharon Farrell, Sioux City, Iowa, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless)
  • Dec 25 Frans Moor, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Dec 25 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • Dec 26 Harmen Siezen, Dutch TV-journal host
  • Dec 26 Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 26 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • Dec 28 Alvin Singleton, American composer, born in New York City
  • Dec 28 Lonnie Liston Smith, US jazz performer (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady)
  • Dec 29 Brigitte Kronauer, writer
  • Dec 29 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch writer/vocalist (Come off that Roof)
  • Dec 30 James Burrows, TV producer/director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers)
  • Dec 31 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut
  • Dec 31 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 3 Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 7 Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Jan Kubelik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 5 Mordechai Frizis, Jewish Greek military officer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 6 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies
  • Dec 8 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)
  • Dec 9 Maletti, Italian general, dies in battle
  • Dec 13 Dusty Tapscott, cricket (bro of Doodles, 4&1 in only S Af Test), dies
  • Dec 13 George Macaulay, cricketer (took 24 wkts in 8 Tests, Eng 22-33), dies
  • Dec 13 Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist (b. 1851)
  • Dec 13 George Regas, Greek actor (b. 1890)
  • Dec 16 M Eugene F T Dubois, geologist/paleontologist (Wadjakmens), dies
  • Dec 16 William Wallace, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 16 Billy Hamilton, American baseball player (b. 1866)
  • Dec 17 Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (b. 1860)

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Dec 21 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

  • Dec 22 Nathanael West, [Weinstein], US writer (Cool Million), dies at 37
  • Dec 25 Agnes Ayres, actress (Johnny Belinda, Sheik), dies at 42
  • Dec 30 Fritz Volbach, composer, dies at 79