Historical Events in December 1937

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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

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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