What Happened in December 1946

Historical Events

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Dec 1 Australia compile 645 v India at the Gabba (Bradman 187)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 3 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB)
  • Dec 3 US government asks UN to order dictator Franco out of Spain

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Dec 5 US President Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Dec 7 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
  • Dec 8 US Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight

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Dec 10 German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse

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Dec 11 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Dec 11 Spain suspended from UN
  • Dec 11 UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
  • Dec 12 Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building & burying 38
  • Dec 12 'Tide' detergent introduced

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Dec 12 UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • Dec 13 Leon Blum elected French premier
  • Dec 14 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances
  • Dec 14 Togo made a trusteeship territory of UN
  • Dec 14 UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in New York City
  • Dec 15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 15 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt

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Dec 16 French fashion designer Christian Dior and his backer Marcel Boussac found fashion house Christian Dior

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • Dec 16 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears
  • Dec 16 Thailand joins the United Nations
  • Dec 17 Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wicket stand, score 234 ea
  • Dec 17 US V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico
  • Dec 18 TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run in US
  • Dec 19 Noel Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

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Dec 19 War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Dec 20 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 20 "It's a Wonderful Life" American film directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, premieres in New York

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actor Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart
  • Dec 21 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • Dec 21 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
  • Dec 21 Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show" premieres in Indianapolis
  • Dec 22 "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • Dec 22 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 23 Belgian Council of State forms
  • Dec 23 Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)
  • Dec 23 University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University as they suggested they may use a black player in their basketball game
  • Dec 24 US General MacNarney gives 800,000 "minor nazis" amnesty
  • Dec 24 French Fourth Republic is founded
  • Dec 25 Constitution accepted in Taiwan
  • Dec 26 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
  • Dec 26 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Dec 26 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
  • Dec 26 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
  • Dec 31 French troops leave Lebanon
  • Dec 31 US President Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Gilbert O'Sullivan, Irish singer (Alone Again Naturally)
  • Dec 1 Ho-Jun Li, Korea PR, rifle (Olympic gold 1972)

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Dec 2 Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (Versace), born in Reggio Calabria, Italy (d. 1997)

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • Dec 3 Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch cyclist
  • Dec 5 Andy Kim, [Andrew Joachim], rocker
  • Dec 5 Jose Carreras, Barcelona Spain opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors)
  • Dec 6 Frank Hayes, cricketer (106* England v WI on debut 1973)
  • Dec 8 Graham Knight, Scottish musician (Marmalade)
  • Dec 8 John Rubinstein, actor/composer (Family, Boys from Brazil), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 8 Sharmila Tagore, Indian Actress
  • Dec 9 Sonia Gandhi, Italian-born Indian politician
  • Dec 9 Shatrughan Sinha, Indian actor
  • Dec 10 Ace Kefford, English bassist (The Move), born in Birmingham, England
  • Dec 10 Gloria Loring, American actress/singer (Days of our Life), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 10 Walter "Clyde" Orange, Florida, rocker (Commodores-Too Hot to Trot)
  • Dec 10 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • Dec 11 Rick McCosker, cricketer (fine Australian opener 1975-80)
  • Dec 12 Clive Bunker, rock drummer (Jethro Tull)
  • Dec 12 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • Dec 12 George Santo Pietro, husband of Vanna White
  • Dec 12 Marlous Fluitsma, actress (De Prooi, Apart, Alle Dagen Feest)
  • Dec 13 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • Dec 14 Anthonius A M "Ton" Kors, Dutch writer (Hannie Schaft)
  • Dec 14 Jackie McCauley, North Ireland, rock pianist (Them Coleraine)
  • Dec 14 Jane Birkin, actress (Mrs Don Juan, Dark Places, Dust), born in London, England
  • Dec 14 Joyce Vincent Wilson, singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 14 Michael Ovitz, president (Walt Disney Co)
  • Dec 14 Patty Duke, actress (The Miracle Worker), born in New York (d. 2016)
  • Dec 14 Ruth Fuchs, German DR, javelin thrower (Oly-2 gold-72, 76)
  • Dec 14 Stan Smith, Pasadena, California, American tennis champ (Wimbledon 1972, US Open-1971)
  • Dec 15 Carmine Appice, musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Harry Ray, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), born in Hackensack, New York
  • Dec 15 Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
  • Dec 16 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch TV host/writer (Promised Country)
  • Dec 16 Benny Andersson, singer (ABBA-Money! Money! Money!), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dec 16 Fred Borgman, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • Dec 16 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist
  • Dec 17 Albert Padmore, cricketer (WI off-spinner mid-70s)
  • Dec 17 Eugene Levy, Hamilton Canada, comedian/writer (SCTV)
  • Dec 18 Hubie Green, PGA golfer (US Open 1977), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Dec 18 Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, born in Ginsberg Township (d. 1977)

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Dec 18 Steven Spielberg, American director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Dec 19 Robert Urich, Toronto Ohio, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$)
  • Dec 19 Rosemary Conley, English businesswoman, author and broadcaster
  • Dec 20 John Spencer, actor (Tommy Mullanney-LA Law)

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Dec 20 Uri Geller, Israeli magician and psychic who is known for bending forks, born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Psychic, illusionist Uri Geller
Psychic, illusionist
Uri Geller

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Dec 20 Dick Wolf, American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order), born in NYC, New York

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf
  • Dec 21 Carl Wilson, rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne California (d. 1998)
  • Dec 21 Christopher Keene, conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 21 Josh Mostel, NY, actor (Windy City, Animal Behavior, Money Pit)
  • Dec 22 Rick Nielsen, rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Dec 23 Tony Craig, [Kulasa], actor (That Boy Next Door), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 23 Susan Lucci, Scarsdale, New York, American actress (All My Children, Mafia Princess)
  • Dec 23 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano
  • Dec 24 Jan Akkerman, Dutch guitarist and composer (Focus-Can't Stand Noise), born in Amsterdam
  • Dec 24 Judy Tyler, playmate (Jan 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 24 Brenda Howard, American bisexual activist (d. 2005)
  • Dec 24 Jeff Sessions, American politician (R), US Attorney General (2017-), born in Selma, Alabama
  • Dec 25 Jimmy Buffet, Mobile Alabama, vocalist (Margaritaville)
  • Dec 25 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • Dec 25 Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • Dec 26 Gordon Edwards, rocker
  • Dec 26 Lisette Hordijk, Dutch TV broadcaster
  • Dec 27 Janet Street-Porter, British TV personality (Youth)
  • Dec 28 Edgar Winter, rocker (They Only Come Out at Night), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Dec 28 Hubie Green, golfer (US Open-1977, PGA-1985)
  • Dec 28 Jorge Velasquez, sportsman
  • Dec 28 Tim Johnson, American politician, senior senator from South Dakota
  • Dec 29 Laffit Pincay Jr, jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale)
  • Dec 29 Marianne Faithfull, English vocalist (Money), born in Hampstead, England
  • Dec 29 Paul Trible, (Sen-R-Va)
  • Dec 30 Patti Smith, rock vocalist (Radio Ethiopia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 31 Barbara Carrera, actress (Angelica-Dallas), born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Dec 31 Pius Ncube, Zimbabwean human rights advocate

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Dec 31 Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian-born American fashion designer (wrap dress), born in Brussels

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 11 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock and roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 Actor Jackie Coogan (32) weds Ann McCormack (22)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 7 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)

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Dec 10 Damon Runyon, US journalist/writer, dies at 66

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon
Journalist and Author
Damon Runyon

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Dec 10 Walter Johnson, great pitcher (Washington Senators), dies of a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Dec 15 Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
  • Dec 15 Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, dies at 84
  • Dec 19 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • Dec 23 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
  • Dec 25 W C Fields, writer/comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 31 Frederik "Frits" Tartaud, Dutch actor and husband of Dutch actress Alida Klein, dies at 89