What Happened in December 1922

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st skywriting over US - "Hello USA"-by Capt Turner, RAF

Historic Event

Dec 1 Polish state Chief Marshal Józef Piłsudski resigns

  • Dec 2 CFL Grey Cup, Richardson Stadium, Kingston: Queen's University win first of 3 straight titles; defeat Edmonton Elks, 13-1
  • Dec 4 Lucille Atcherson, becomes first woman legation sect-US foreign service
  • Dec 6 1st constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation
  • Dec 6 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY
  • Dec 9 1st Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Margaret Molesworth wins inaugural title; beats fellow Australian Esna Boyd 6-3, 10-8
  • Dec 9 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: James Anderson wins 1st of 3 Australasian titles; beats fellow Australian Gerald Patterson 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Dec 9 Gabriel Narutowicz elected Polish president
  • Dec 10 1st National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (10-0-2) named inaugural champions

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel prizes awarded to Danish physicist Niels Bohr for his work on the structure of atoms, Francis William Aston for Chemistry and a Peace Prize to Fridtjof Nansen for his work on behalf of displaced victims of World War I at a ceremony in Copenhagen

  • Dec 10 Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards
  • Dec 13 Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps
  • Dec 15 IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague
  • Dec 16 Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs formally organizes
  • Dec 16 NSW all out for 786 against South Australia Cricket
  • Dec 17 Last British troops leave Irish Free State
  • Dec 19 Theresa Vaughn, 24, confesses in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countries
  • Dec 20 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)
  • Dec 20 Polish parliament selects Stanislaw Wojcieckowski as president
  • Dec 22 Belgian parliament rejects Dutch university in Ghent
  • Dec 23 BBC Radio began daily newscasts

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 23 Pope Pius XI pleas for peace: encyclical Ubi arcano

  • Dec 24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
  • Dec 24 London Coloseum opens

Historic Event

Dec 25 -Dec 26] Lenin dictates his "Political testament"

  • Dec 29 Dutch Constitution proclaimed
  • Dec 29 Revised Netherlands Law proclaims suffrage

Soviet Union Founded

Dec 30 Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre, Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR and Transcaucasian SSR


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Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Paul Picerni, American actor (The Untouchables), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Dec 1 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), born in Morshansk, Tambov, Russia (d. 1979)
  • Dec 2 Leo Gordon, American actor (Maverick, Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2000)
  • Dec 3 Joe Collins, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1949–53, 56; New York Yankees), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Dec 3 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (Cries and Whispers), born in Moheda, Kronobergs län, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Dec 4 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), born in Cannes, France (d. 1959)
  • Dec 6 John Brunt, English soldier and Victoria Cross holder, born in Priest Weston, Shropshire, England (d. 1944)
  • Dec 7 Rogério Pipi, Portuguese soccer forward (15 caps; Benfica), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2019)
  • Dec 8 George Fullerton, South African cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51), born in Kensington, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • Dec 8 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • Dec 8 John B. McKay, American test pilot (X-15), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1975)
  • Dec 8 Lucian Freud, German-British artist (Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Boy With a Rat), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)
  • Dec 9 Redd Foxx [JohnSanford], American comedian and actor (Sanford & Son; Redd Foxx Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Dec 10 Allen Dwight Sapp, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Dec 11 Dilip Kumar [Muhammad Yusuf Khan], Indian Bollywood actor known as the "Tragedy King" and one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema (Jwar Bhata), born in Peshawar, British India
  • Dec 11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Dec 11 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, born in Peristeri, Athens (d. 2005)
  • Dec 11 Peter Birch, American choreographer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 12 Arthur R. Hawkins, American naval aviator and flying ace (WW II, downed 14 Japanese planes), born in Zavalla, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Dec 13 José Sarria, American political activist, drag queen and 1st openly gay candidate for public office in the US (1961), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • Dec 14 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Dec 14 Charley Trippi, American NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 14 Don Hewitt, American CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", born in Windber, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Dec 16 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 16 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist
  • Dec 16 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (d. 2008)
  • Dec 17 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
  • Dec 17 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • Dec 18 Larry D Mann, Canadian actor and broadcaster (Accidental Family, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • Dec 19 Catherine Hall, British nurse who raised the professional profile of nursing and to establish its central role in health care, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • Dec 19 Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)
  • Dec 20 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • Dec 20 Denny Vaughan, Canadian pianist, singer, arranger and orchestra leader (The Smothers Brothers Show; Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972) [1]
  • Dec 20 George Roy Hill, American film director (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 21 Paul Winchell (Wilchinsky), American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smiff), inventor (mechanical artificial human heart,1963), voice actor (Winnie the Pooh - "Tigger"; Dick Dastardly; The Banana Splits -"Fleegle"),, and acupuncturist, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • Dec 22 Jack Brooks, American politician, born in Crowley, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Dec 22 Jim Wright, American politician (Speaker of House 1987-89), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • Dec 23 Ian Powell Bancroft, British senior civil servant, born in Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 1996)
  • Dec 23 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1948)

Ava Gardner

Dec 24 Ava Gardner, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), born in Grabtown, North Carolina (d. 1990)

  • Dec 24 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, born in Semeniškiai, Lithuania (d. 2019)
  • Dec 26 Iain Watson Gallaway, New Zealand sports broadcaster (Radio Sport; Halberg Award) and author ("Not a Cloud in the Sky"), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • Dec 26 Norman Orentreich, American dermatologist known as "the father of modern hair transplantation", born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • Dec 26 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Dec 27 Larry Osborne, navigator air traffic controller/supply specialist

Stan Lee

Dec 28 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)

  • Dec 29 William Gaddis, American novelist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist, dies
  • Dec 12 John Wanamaker, American merchant (Wanamakers Department Store), pioneer in marketing and Postmaster General, dies at 84
  • Dec 13 Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic politician and poet (b. 1861)
  • Dec 16 Gabriel Narutowicz, 1st President of Poland (Dec 7-16, 1922), assassinated
  • Dec 25 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), dies at 75