On This Day

What Happened in December 1929

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Game of Bingo invented by American toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe
  • Dec 2 First skull of Peking man found in the caves of Zhoukoudian, 50 km outside of Peking, China. Later dated roughly 750,000 years old. [1]

NHL Record

Dec 3 Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1, the first win of an NHL record 14-game winning streak, and a 22-game home winning streak

  • Dec 5 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City
  • Dec 6 Turkey introduces female suffrage
  • Dec 7 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hillcrest CC: Defending champion Leo Diegel defeats Johnny Farrell, 6 & 4 in the final

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine jointly awarded to Christiaan Eijkman and Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins for the discovery of vitamins

  • Dec 14 Alexander Zaimis elected president of Greece

Historic Event

Dec 15 Swiss pilot Walter Mittelholzer is the first to fly over Mt. Kilimanjaro

  • Dec 15 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (12-0-1) win first past the post title
  • Dec 16 Chic Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1
  • Dec 20 Heinie Wagner replaces Bill Carrigan as Red Sox manager
  • Dec 20 Mount Davidson dedicated as a San Francisco city park
  • Dec 21 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)

Historic Event

Dec 21 Coco the Clown first appears for Bertram Mills Circus in Manchester, England

  • Dec 25 Grimmett takes 6-146 for SA, Queensland all out 380 Crowd 5,390

Historic Event

Dec 29 Dutch colonial authorities arrest Sukarno and other key PNI leaders in Java

Music Premiere

Dec 30 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up And Dream" opens at the Selwyn Theatre, NYC; runs for 136 performances

  • Dec 30 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporates

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 31 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini illius magistri


Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1997)
  • Dec 1 Alan Mouncer, British film director and producer (d. 1997)
  • Dec 1 Dick Shawn [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • Dec 1 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1991)
  • Dec 1 Leon Biriotti, Uruguayan composer and oboist, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2020)
  • Dec 2 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), born in Aurora, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • Dec 2 Jaap Boersma, Dutch politician (Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Dec 2 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 3 Clarence Ford, American jazz and R&B clarinet and saxophone player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Dec 3 Paul Harris Turok, American composer, educator and music critic (Ragtime Caprice), born in New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 3 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • Dec 6 Robert "King" Moody, American actor and comedian (Shtarker-Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Dec 6 Mark Kopytman, composer, born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Soviet Union (d. 2011)
  • Dec 6 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • Dec 6 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • Dec 6 Alain Tanner, Swiss film director, (Charles, Dead or Alive), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dec 8 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1986)
  • Dec 8 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), born in England (d. 2009)

Bob Hawke

Dec 9 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), born in Bordertown, South Australia (d. 2019)

  • Dec 9 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • Dec 9 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • Dec 11 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2002)
  • Dec 12 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China

Christopher Plummer

Dec 13 Christopher Plummer, Canadian Emmy, Tony, and Oscar winning actor (Sound of Music; Cyrano; Beginners), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2021) [1]

  • Dec 14 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Dec 15 Keith Andrew, English cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests; Northamptonshire CCC), born in Oldham, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 15 Barry Harris, American bebop jazz pianist (Cannonball Adderly; Lee Morgan; "The Bird of Red and Gold"), and educator, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021) [1]
  • Dec 16 Doug Ford, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's), born in Maryville, New South Wales
  • Dec 16 Ian Board, British barkeeper (the Colony Room), born in Devon (d.1994)
  • Dec 16 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2011)

William Safire

Dec 17 William Safire, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)

  • Dec 18 Gino Cimoli, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)
  • Dec 19 Herman T M Lauxtermann, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
  • Dec 19 Howard Sackler, American screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • Dec 19 Bob Brookmeyer, American jazz and studio pianist, vlave trombone player, arranger, and composer (Stan Getz; Jerry Mulligan), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • Dec 20 Milan Panić, Serbian-American politician and humanitarian, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Dec 21 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer & teacher, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Dec 22 Wazir Mohammad, Pakistan cricket batsman (20 Tests, 2 x 100; eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammad brothers), born in Junagadh, India
  • Dec 22 Leonard "Red" Balaban, American jazz tuba and sousaphone player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013) [1]
  • Dec 22 Dee Rowe, American college basketball coach (UConn Huskies men's team 1969-76; 103–78 [.569]), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • Dec 23 Dick Weber, American ten-pin bowling pro (16, 300 games), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Dec 23 (Chesney) "Chet" Baker, American jazz trumpeter and vocalist ("My Funny Valentine"), born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • Dec 23 Charles R. Bentley, American pioneer of polar science, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 24 Noel DaCosta, Nigerian-Jamaican composer, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2002)
  • Dec 25 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • Dec 25 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • Dec 25 Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter
  • Dec 25 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, born in Shanghai (d. 2016)
  • Dec 26 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
  • Dec 28 Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)
  • Dec 28 Owen Bieber, United Auto Workers president

Terry Sawchuk

Dec 28 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1970)

  • Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Dec 30 Bob Bouma, Dutch TV host (For a Postcard in the Front Row)
  • Dec 30 Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 31 Mies Bouman, Dutch television presenter (Open the Village), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Dec 31 Peter May, English cricket batsman (66 Tests, 4,537 @ 46.77, 13 x 100, 22 x 50; HS 285no; Surrey CCC), born in Reading, England (d. 1994)
  • Dec 31 Sidney Greenbaum, British scholar, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings

Aga Khan III

Dec 7 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (52) weds Andrée Joséphine Carron in Aix-les-Bains, France

Famous Divorces

Howard Hughes

Dec 9 Businessman Howard Hughes divorces 1st wife Ella Rice after 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 9 Willis Cuttell, cricketer (two Tests England v South Africa 1899), dies
  • Dec 12 Charles Goodnight, American cattle baron (b. 1836)
  • Dec 13 Knut Algot Håkanson, Swedish composer, dies at 42
  • Dec 19 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 36
  • Dec 20 Emile Loubet, French premier (1892)/president (1899-1906), dies at 90
  • Dec 29 Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)