December 1946 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 3 US government asks UN to order dictator Franco out of Spain

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Dec 5 US President Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Dec 7 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
  • Dec 8 US Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight

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Dec 10 German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • Dec 11 Spain suspended from UN
  • Dec 11 UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
  • Dec 12 Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building & burying 38
  • Dec 12 'Tide' detergent introduced

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Dec 12 UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • Dec 13 Leon Blum elected French premier
  • Dec 14 Togo made a trusteeship territory of UN
  • Dec 14 UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in NYC

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Dec 16 French fashion designer Christian Dior and his backer Marcel Boussac found fashion house Christian Dior

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • Dec 16 Thailand joins the United Nations
  • Dec 17 US V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, NM
  • Dec 18 TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run in US

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Dec 19 War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Dec 21 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
  • Dec 21 Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show" premieres in Indianapolis
  • Dec 23 Belgian Council of State forms
  • Dec 23 Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)
  • Dec 23 University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University as they suggested they may use a black player in their basketball game
  • Dec 24 US General MacNarney gives 800,000 "minor nazis" amnesty
  • Dec 24 French Fourth Republic is founded
  • Dec 25 Constitution accepted in Taiwan
  • Dec 26 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
  • Dec 31 French troops leave Lebanon
  • Dec 31 US President Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II

Birthdays in History


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Dec 2 Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (Versace), born in Reggio Calabria, Italy (d. 1997)

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • Dec 8 Graham Knight, Scottish musician (Marmalade)
  • Dec 9 Sonia Gandhi, Italian-born Indian politician
  • Dec 10 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • Dec 12 George Santo Pietro, husband of Vanna White
  • Dec 14 Anthonius A M "Ton" Kors, Dutch writer (Hannie Schaft)
  • Dec 14 Michael Ovitz, president (Walt Disney Co)
  • Dec 16 Fred Borgman, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • Dec 18 Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, born in Ginsberg Township (d. 1977)

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Dec 20 Uri Geller, Israeli magician and psychic who is known for bending forks, born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Psychic, illusionist Uri Geller
Psychic, illusionist
Uri Geller

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Dec 20 Dick Wolf, American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order), born in NYC, New York

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf
  • Dec 24 Brenda Howard, American bisexual activist (d. 2005)
  • Dec 24 Jeff Sessions, American politician (R), US Attorney General (2017-), born in Selma, Alabama
  • Dec 28 Tim Johnson, American politician, senior senator from South Dakota
  • Dec 29 Paul Trible, (Sen-R-Va)
  • Dec 31 Pius Ncube, Zimbabwean human rights advocate

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Dec 31 Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian-born American fashion designer (wrap dress), born in Brussels

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg

Deaths in History


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Dec 10 Damon Runyon, US journalist/writer, dies at 66

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon
Journalist and Author
Damon Runyon
  • Dec 15 Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
  • Dec 17 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, dies at 84
  • Dec 19 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • Dec 23 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)