December 1938 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 School bus & train collide in Salt Lake City Utah
  • Dec 3 AAUs decides to continue linear measuring system over metric
  • Dec 6 117 Spanish knights under capt Piet Laros return to Netherlands

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Dec 6 French/German non-attack treaty drawn (Ribbentrop-Bonnet Pact)

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • Dec 7 Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio
  • Dec 8 Highest temperature for December in US recorded in La Mesa Calif
  • Dec 8 LP Beria follows Nikolai Jezjov as head of Russian secret police
  • Dec 10 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Zen teacher, Rinzai line, enters Zen priesthood

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Italian scientist Enrico Fermi receives the Nobel Prize for Physics (work on reduced radioactivity)

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • Dec 13 Los Angeles freezes at 28°F
  • Dec 14 AL permits Cleveland & Philadelphia to play night games
  • Dec 14 Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president
  • Dec 15 Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 Adolf Hitler institutes the state decoration and civil order of merit, Cross of Honour of the German Mother

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Dec 17 Discovery of nuclear fission using uranium by Otto Hahn and his assistant Fritz Strassmann
  • Dec 17 Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire
  • Dec 20 Vladimir K Zworykin (Penn) receives patent on Iconoscope TV system
  • Dec 23 Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
  • Dec 25 George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"
  • Dec 29 Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins
  • Dec 31 Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer", 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana
  • Dec 31 Dutch national debt hits ƒ3,986,629,805.70

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Martyn Taylor, teacher/campaigner
  • Dec 4 Andre Marrou, Libertarian Presidential candidate (1992)
  • Dec 4 Lynn Blessing, vibes Player
  • Dec 9 Elizabeth H "Rina" Venter, South African minister of Health care
  • Dec 14 Leonardo Boff, Italy, Brazilian Catholic theologian
  • Dec 15 Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 16 Jimmie Lee Jackson, Marion Alabama, American civil rights protestor

Civil Rights Protestor Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Protestor
Jimmie Lee Jackson
  • Dec 22 Lucien Bouchard, Quebec politician
  • Dec 23 Bob Kahn, American Internet pioneer
  • Dec 24 Valentim Loureiro, Portuguese politician, and former football chairman of Boavista F.C. and Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional
  • Dec 25 Duane Armstrong, American painter (Fields of Grass), born in Fresno California
  • Dec 28 Janet Hough Bryant, author/performing artist/educator
  • Dec 31 Henricus G Wijmans, Dutch graphic artist

Deaths in History

  • Dec 8 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • Dec 19 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman (b. 1873)
  • Dec 20 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader (b. 1850)
  • Dec 23 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Chimes), dies at 70
  • Dec 24 Bruno Taut, German architect (b. 1880)
  • Dec 25 Karel Čapek, Czech author (b. 1890)
  • Dec 27 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments dies at 72
  • Dec 27 O Mandelstam, writer, dies
  • Dec 27 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (b. 1889)
  • Dec 31 Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter, dies at 70