What Happened in December 1943

Historical Events


AgreementAgreement of Interest

Dec 1 FDR, Churchill & Stalin agree to Operation Overlord (D-Day)

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Dec 2 First RSHA (Reichssicherheitshauptamt -Nazi Reich Security Head Office) transport out of Vienna reaches Birkenau camp
  • Dec 3 9th Heisman Trophy Award: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame (QB)
  • Dec 3 Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy begins

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 3 Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Dec 4 -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Winston Churchill & Turkish president İsmet İnönü

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Dec 4 Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
  • Dec 4 Yugoslavian resistance forms provisionary government under Dr Ribar
  • Dec 5 NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger disolves
  • Dec 7 Cairo: president Roosevelt travels back to the US
  • Dec 8 John Van Druten's "Voice of the Turtle" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 10 British 8th Army (1st Canadian Infantry Division) occupies Orsogna/Ortona Italy
  • Dec 13 150 US Marauders bomb Schiphol
  • Dec 16 "Tamiami Champion" (New York to Florida) trains collide, kills 73 & injures 200
  • Dec 17 Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • Dec 19 Military coup in Bolivia
  • Dec 20 "Internationale" is no longer USSR National Anthem
  • Dec 22 Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core
  • Dec 23 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady, NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 23 Gen Bernard Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery

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Dec 24 US President FDR appoints General Eisenhower Supreme Commander of the Allied forces

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Dec 24 Terence Rattigan's "While the Sun Shines" premieres in London
  • Dec 26 British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst
  • Dec 26 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating Washington Redskins 41-21 in Chicago

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Dec 26 Earl Claus von Stauffenberg vain with bomb to Hitlers headquarter

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Dec 27 France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government
  • Dec 27 German warship "Scharnhorst" sinks in Barents Sea
  • Dec 27 Montgomery discusses Overlord with Eisenhower & Bedell Smith
  • Dec 28 All Kalmyk inhabitants of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route.
  • Dec 30 Phillies trade Babe Dahlgren to Pitts for Babe Phelps & cash
  • Dec 30 Subhash Chandra Bose raises the flag of Indian independence at Port Blair.

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Dec 31 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Nicholas Peter Negroponte, American founder/director (Media Lab at MIT), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 1 Orton Enderlein, German FR, luge (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Dec 2 David Munden, British drummer (The Tremeloes), born in Essex
  • Dec 2 Wayne Allard, American politician
  • Dec 3 Valerie Perrine, actress (Slaughterhouse 5), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Dec 4 Patti Chandler, California, actress (Bikini Beach)
  • Dec 5 Eva Joly, Norwegian-born French magistrate
  • Dec 6 Mike Smith, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • Dec 7 Göran Lennmarker, Swedish politician
  • Dec 7 Bernard C. Parks, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Dec 7 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)
  • Dec 8 Mary Woronov, Brooklyn Hgts NY, actress (Eating Raoul, Terror Vision)
  • Dec 8 Michael Unger, English editor-in-chief (Evening News, Manchester)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 8 Jim Morrison, American poet and singer (The Doors), born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

Rocker Jim Morrison
Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Dec 9 Kenny Vance, American musician and producer (Jay and the Americans, The Planotones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 10 Jessica Cleaves, rocker
  • Dec 10 Theodore Wilson, American actor (That's My Mama, Sanford Arms), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 11 John Kerry, US Secretary of State (2013-17) and 2004 presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, born in Aurora, Colorado

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • Dec 12 Dave Munden, rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • Dec 12 Dickey Betts, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Dec 12 Grover Washington Jr, jazz artist (Mr Magic)
  • Dec 12 Mike Smith, rock musician
  • Dec 13 Arturo Ripstein, director (El Lugar Sin Limites, Foxtrot)
  • Dec 13 Ferguson Jenkins, baseball pitcher (Red Sox)
  • Dec 13 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (d. 2002)
  • Dec 14 Frank Allen, rock vocalist (Searchers-Needles & Pins)
  • Dec 15 Mihaly Hesz, Hungary, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Dec 15 Kathleen Blanco, American politician
  • Dec 15 Lucien den Arend, Dutch artist
  • Dec 16 Anthony 'Tony' Hicks, Nelson Lancashire, British rock guitarist (The Hollies)
  • Dec 16 Steven Bochco, prod (Hill St Blues, LA Law, St Elsewhere, NYPD Blue)
  • Dec 17 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire (d. 2009)
  • Dec 17 William Brooks, composer
  • Dec 17 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and composer
  • Dec 18 Alan Rudolph, actor (Endangers Species, Love at Large, Made in Heaven)
  • Dec 18 Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)
  • Dec 18 Keith Richards, England, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • Dec 19 William De Vries, Bkln, surgeon-inventor (Symbion artifical heart)
  • Dec 19 Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 19 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, professional baseball player (White Sox), born in Brownwood, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Dec 20 Angel Tompkins, Albany California, actress (Gloria-Search) [or 12/29/49]
  • Dec 21 Albert Lee, English guitarist, born in Lingen, Herefordshire
  • Dec 21 Jack Nance, actor (Rubbed Out)
  • Dec 21 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player
  • Dec 21 André Arthur. Quebec radio host
  • Dec 22 Paul Wolfowitz, American politician
  • Dec 23 Derek Small, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • Dec 23 Harry Shearer, actor (SNL, Simpsons, Pure Luck), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 23 Roelof den Ambtman, Dutch actor/director (One Evening at Eva)
  • Dec 23 Ross Edwards, composer
  • Dec 23 Silvia Sommerlath, German wife of King Carl XVI of Sweden (1973- )
  • Dec 23 Stephen Wallace, director (For Love Affair, Hunger, Mail Order Bride)
  • Dec 23 Mikhail Gromov, Russian-born mathematician
  • Dec 23 Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (d. 1987)
  • Dec 24 Christiane Schmidtmer, Heidelberg Germany, actress (Ship of Fools)
  • Dec 24 Tatton Sykes, English baron/large landowner
  • Dec 24 Tarja Halonen, President of Finland
  • Dec 25 Hanna Schygulla, Katowice Silesia, actress (Love is Colder than Death)
  • Dec 25 Hedley Howarth, cricketer (brother of Geoff, NZ lefty spinner 1969-77)
  • Dec 25 Ravish Malhotra, India cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11 backup)
  • Dec 25 Trevor Lucas, rocker (Fairport Convention)
  • Dec 25 Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian racing driver
  • Dec 27 Cokie Roberts, newscaster (ABC-TV)
  • Dec 27 Dave Rowberry, Newcastle, rocker (Animals)
  • Dec 27 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician
  • Dec 28 Bobby Comstock, rocker
  • Dec 28 David Peterson, premier of Ontario Canada (L) (1982- ), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 28 Oscar D Dhlomo, South African sect-gen of Inkatha (1978-90)
  • Dec 28 Richard Whiteley, British television presenter (d. 2005)
  • Dec 29 JHR Maij-Wegge, Dutch traffic minister (19..-94)
  • Dec 30 Rolf Gehlhaar, composer
  • Dec 31 Peter Quaife, English rock bassist (the Kinks - Long Tall Sally), born in Tavistock, Devon (d. 2010)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 Ben Kingsley, English actor (Gandhi, Betrayal), born in Scarborough

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 John Denver, American country singer (Rocky Mt High, "thank god he's a country boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Dec 31 Pete Qualfe, English rocker (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, Devon (d. 2010)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 5 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)

Actor & Comedian Carl Reiner
Actor & Comedian
Carl Reiner

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and historian (b. 1862)
  • Dec 2 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41
  • Dec 4 Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/antifascist, dies at 46
  • Dec 6 Firmin Baes, Flemish painter, dies at 69
  • Dec 6 Hermann Lohr, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 7 John Bouber, [Blom], actor/author (Bluejackets), dies at 22

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 15 Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller

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Dec 22 Beatrix Potter, English children's writer and illustrator ("The Tale of Peter Rabbit") dies aged 77

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter
  • Dec 23 Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees de Jongen), dies at 64
  • Dec 25 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer, dies at 62
  • Dec 25 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 28 Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • Dec 29 William H Singer, US painter/collector (Singer Museum), dies at 75
  • Dec 30 Hobart Bosworth, actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade), dies at 76