December 1931 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Ottawa branch of Royal Mint begins operation as Royal Canadian Mint
  • Dec 3 Alka Seltzer goes on sale
  • Dec 8 Coaxial cable patented
  • Dec 9 Benn W Levy's "Springtime for Henry" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 9 Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol
  • Dec 9 Spain becomes a republic

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Dec 10 Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams

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Dec 10 Manuel Azaña becomes Prime Minister of Spain with Niceto Zamora as President

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • Dec 11 Japan leaves the Gold Standard
  • Dec 11 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada)
  • Dec 12 Japanese government of Imukai forms
  • Dec 14 1st assembly of Anton Musserts NSB in Utrecht
  • Dec 16 German SPD begins Iron Front against fascism
  • Dec 19 Joseph A Lyons (C) becomes premier of Australia
  • Dec 25 Albert Lonergan scores 137 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,697
  • Dec 25 Fleetwood-Smith takes 5-69 Victoria v Tas at Hobart
  • Dec 26 George/Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing," premieres in NYC

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Dec 28 Lin-Sen succeeds Chiang Kai-shek as President of Nanjing-China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Dec 29 Identification of heavy water publicly announced, HC Urey
  • Dec 29 Victoria score 7 for 435 in second innings to beat NSW

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Edwin Meese III, US attorney General (1985-88), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 2 Hatsumi Masaaki, Founder and head of the Bujinkan Dojo organization
  • Dec 3 Ellen Blazer, Dutch TV director (Sonja)
  • Dec 3 Franz Josef Degenhardt, German author
  • Dec 4 Wally George, American TV commentator (d. 2003)
  • Dec 11 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, leader B-sect/guru of rich
  • Dec 12 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian writer and journalist, born in Sirjan, Kerman (d. 1994)
  • Dec 12 Lionel Blair, choreographer (Spotlight), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 14 Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (d. 2002)
  • Dec 15 Evald Schorm, director (Courage for Every Day), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 17 Yvonne Keuls, [Bamberg], Dutch writer (Jan Rap & Co)
  • Dec 18 Alison Plowden, English historian (d. 2007)
  • Dec 25 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker
  • Dec 28 Georg "Org" Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
  • Dec 28 Guy Debord, situationist
  • Dec 29 Prince Gu of Korea, Korean royalty (d. 2005)
  • Dec 30 Charles A Bassett II, Captain USAF/astronaut, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Dec 30 Richard Christ, writer
  • Dec 30 Ike Skelton, Lexington, MI, congressman (1977-2011), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 31 Bob Shaw, Belfast, Northern Ireland, sci-fi author (Light of Other Days, The Ragged Astronauts)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Propagandist Joseph Goebbels (34) weds Magda Ritschel (30) at Günther Quandt's farm in Mecklenburg, Germany

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • Dec 26 SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich marries Lina von Osten

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
  • Dec 10 Max Elskamp, Belgian author/poet (Six Chansons), dies at 69
  • Dec 13 Gustave le Bon, French psychologist (b. 1840)
  • Dec 16 Gustave J Waffelaert, Flemish theologist/bishop of Bruges, dies at 82
  • Dec 18 John T "Legs" Diamond, US gangster, murdered at 35
  • Dec 23 Wilson Bentley, American scientist (b. 1865)
  • Dec 26 Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal classification (b. 1851)