December 1945 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 4 Senate approves US participation in United Nations
  • Dec 5 "Lost Squadron" crashes east of Florida (Bermuda Triangle)
  • Dec 5 Special Council of Annulment affirms death sentence of Max Blokzijl
  • Dec 10 Preston Tucker reveals plan to produce the Torpedo, a new 150 MPH car
  • Dec 11 Het Parool publishes 1st Captain Rob-strip
  • Dec 12 Special Court of justice convicts Dutch Nazi leader Mussert to death
  • Dec 14 Elmer Rice' "Dream Girl" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 15 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, ordained as a priest
  • Dec 18 Uruguay joins the United Nations
  • Dec 19 Austrian Republic re-establishes
  • Dec 19 Jean Giraudoux' "La Folle de Chaillot" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 20 Rationing of auto tires ends in US
  • Dec 21 Gould/Comden/Green's "Billion Dollar Baby" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 22 Utrecht: Catholic People's party (KVP) established
  • Dec 23 Frederick Astons "Cinderella" premieres in London
  • Dec 23 Pope Pius XII encyclical Orientals omnes, about Rutheense church
  • Dec 26 CFP franc and CFA franc are created.
  • Dec 27 Arthur Laurent's "Home of the Brave" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 27 International Monetary Fund formally established by 29 member countries
  • Dec 27 The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.
  • Dec 28 Congress officially recognizes "Pledge of Allegiance"

AgreementUnited Nations Charter

Dec 31 Ratification of United Nations Charter completed

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 4 Michael Gerzon, mathematician
  • Dec 4 Roberta Lynn Bondar, Ontario, astronaut (STS 42)
  • Dec 5 J W "Corkey" Fornof, stunt coordinator (Octopussy), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 5 Jocelyn, Italian entertainer
  • Dec 6 Dan Harrington, American poker player
  • Dec 8 John Banville, Irish novelist and journalist
  • Dec 12 Karl Edward Wagner, US, sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 15 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • Dec 16 Bobby George, English professional darts player
  • Dec 16 Yukio Hattori, Japanese Iron Chef commentator
  • Dec 17 Chris Matthews, American journalist
  • Dec 17 Jacqueline Wilson, English author
  • Dec 18 Birenda Bir Bikram, King of Nepal (1972- )
  • Dec 21 Millie Hughes-Fulford, Wells Tx, astronaut (STS 40)
  • Dec 22 Joris J C Voorhoeve, Dutch Defense minister (1994-, VVD)
  • Dec 25 Mike Pringle, Scottish politician
  • Dec 28 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva, King of Nepal (1972- )
  • Dec 28 Max Hastings, British editor-in-chief (Daily Telegraph)
  • Dec 29 Adje Roland, Dutch disc-jockey
  • Dec 30 John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot
  • Dec 31 Claude D Marks, Buenos Aires Argent, FALN member (FBI most wanted)

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 21 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn divorce after 5 years of marriage.

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Thomas Hunt Morgan, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1866)
  • Dec 10 Theodor Dannecker, SS officer (b. 1913)
  • Dec 11 Charles Fabry, French physicist (b. 1867)
  • Dec 13 Robert van Genechten, Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide
  • Dec 13 Elisabeth Volkenrath, supervisor at concentration camps (b. 1919)
  • Dec 14 Henry van Goudoever, Dutch lawyer/judge, dies on his 69th birthday
  • Dec 14 Josef Kramer, known as "beast of Belsen," & 10 others, hanged
  • Dec 16 Fumimaro Konu, Japanese prince/PM (1937-39, 40-41), commits harakiri

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 21 George S. Patton, American WWII general (Sicily, Italy and Normandy) known as "Old Blood & Guts", dies of congestive heart failure at 60

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • Dec 22 Otto Neurath, Austrian/British philosopher, dies at 63
  • Dec 23 Mogens Klitgaard, Danish author (Brunkul), dies at 39
  • Dec 28 Theodore Dreiser, novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Donald Douglas II, dies at 40