Historical Events in December 1943

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

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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