December 1943 in History

Events in History


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 Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy begins

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 Yugoslavian resistance forms provisionary government under Dr Ribar
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Subhash Chandra Bose raises the flag of Indian independence at Port Blair

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Wayne Allard, American politician
  • Dec 5 Eva Joly, Norwegian-born French magistrate
  • Dec 7 Göran Lennmarker, Swedish politician
  • Dec 7 Bernard C. Parks, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Dec 7 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)
  • Dec 8 Michael Unger, English editor-in-chief (Evening News, Manchester)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 11 John Kerry, US Secretary of State (2013-17) and 2004 presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, born in Aurora, Colorado

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • Dec 13 Arturo Ripstein, director (El Lugar Sin Limites, Foxtrot)
  • Dec 15 Kathleen Blanco, American politician
  • Dec 15 Lucien den Arend, Dutch artist
  • Dec 19 William De Vries, surgeon-inventor (Symbion artifical heart), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 19 Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 21 André Arthur. Quebec radio host
  • Dec 22 Paul Wolfowitz, American politician
  • Dec 23 Silvia Sommerlath, German wife of King Carl XVI of Sweden (1973- )
  • Dec 23 Stephen Wallace, director (For Love Affair, Hunger, Mail Order Bride)
  • Dec 23 Mikhail Gromov, Russian-born mathematician
  • Dec 24 Tatton Sykes, English baron/large landowner
  • Dec 24 Tarja Halonen, President of Finland
  • Dec 24 Suzy Menkes, British fashion journalist (International Herald Tribune, Vogue), born in Beaconsfield
  • Dec 25 Ravish Malhotra, India cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11 backup)
  • Dec 28 David Peterson, premier of Ontario Canada (L) (1982- ), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 28 Oscar D Dhlomo, South African sect-gen of Inkatha (1978-90)
  • Dec 29 JHR Maij-Wegge, Dutch traffic minister (19..-94)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and historian (b. 1862)
  • Dec 2 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41
  • Dec 4 Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/antifascist, dies at 46
  • Dec 6 Firmin Baes, Flemish painter, dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 22 Beatrix Potter, English children's writer and illustrator ("The Tale of Peter Rabbit") dies aged 77

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter
  • Dec 23 Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees de Jongen), dies at 64
  • Dec 29 William H Singer, US painter/collector (Singer Museum), dies at 75