On This Day

What Happened in December 1922

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Polish state Chief Marshal Józef Piłsudski resigns

Statesman and First Marshall Józef Piłsudski
Statesman and First Marshall
Józef Piłsudski
  • 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 Gabriel Narutowicz elected Polish president
  • 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 10 Nobel prizes awarded to Niels Bohr (Physics), Francis William Aston (Chemistry) and Fridtjof Nansen (Peace)
  • Dec 10 Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Danish physicist Niels Bohr awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, for work on the structure of atoms, at a ceremony in Copehagen

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • Dec 10 1st National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (10-0-2) named inaugural champions
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Dec 29 Dutch Constitution proclaimed
  • Dec 29 Revised Netherlands Law proclaims suffrage

Soviet UnionSoviet 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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Signature page of the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR
Signature page of the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Geraldine McCulloug, Maywood Ill, painter/sculptor (Phoenix)
  • 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 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (Cries and Whispers), born in Moheda, Kronobergs län, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Dec 3 Joe Collins, American baseball first baseman (6 × World Series champion 1949–53, 56; NY Yankees), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 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, American comedian (Sandford & 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 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Dec 11 Peter Birch, American choreographer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 11 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, born in Peristeri, Athens (d. 2005)
  • 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 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 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 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist
  • Dec 16 Cy Leslie, American music and video executive (d. 2008)
  • Dec 16 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 17 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • Dec 17 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
  • 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 George Roy Hill, American film director (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 21 Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • Dec 22 Jim Wright, American politician (Speaker of House 1987-89), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • Dec 22 Jack Brooks, American politician, born in Crowley, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Dec 23 Ian Powell Bancroft, civil servant
  • Dec 23 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1948)

Person of interestAva Gardner

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

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • Dec 24 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, born in Semeniškiai, Lithuania (d. 2019)
  • Dec 26 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Dec 26 Norman Orentreich, American dermatologist known as "the father of modern hair transplantation", born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • Dec 27 Larry Osborne, navigator air traffic controller/supply specialist
  • Dec 28 Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)

Person of interestStan 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)

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 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