On This Day

What Happened in December 1930

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 NHL drops 20 minute slashing-about-the-head penalty
  • Dec 3 Airborn chemicals combine with fog to kill 60 (Meuse Valley, Belgium)
  • Dec 3 Otto Ender forms Austrian government
  • Dec 3 Richard Rodgers/L Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London
  • Dec 4 Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control
  • Dec 6 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Balmy Beach win their 2nd and final title; defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6
  • Dec 7 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Fresh Meadows CC: American based Scotsman Tommy Armour defeats Gene Sarazen 1 up in the final for the 2nd of his 3 major titles
  • Dec 8 Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway NYC
  • Dec 8 Cole Porter's musical "NYCers" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 10 Indian Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman is presented with the Nobel Prize for Physics for work on light scattering - first Asian and non-white to win a Science Nobel

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 German chemist Hans Fischer is awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on haemin

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Hans Fischer
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Hans Fischer
  • Dec 11 Bank of the United States closes in New York City
  • Dec 12 Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book, ball bouncing into stands not a HR, now a double
  • Dec 12 Start of the 1st Australia v West Indies Test (at Adelaide)
  • Dec 13 French government of André Tardieu falls for the second time
  • Dec 13 George Sisler's career ends when Boston Braves release him

  • Dec 13 Theodore Steeg forms French government
  • Dec 14 NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game
  • Dec 14 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (10-3-1) repeat with best record in first past the post title

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Dec 15 Don Bradman takes his 1st Test cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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Dec 16 Golfer Bobby Jones is the first to win the James E. Sullivan Award (best US amateur athlete)

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones

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Dec 19 James Weldon Johnson resigns as executive secretary of NAACP

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • Dec 20 Learie Constantine cricket 100 in 52 mins WI v Tas (10x4, 1x6, 1x5)
  • Dec 22 Convention of Economic Rapprochement/Oslo Agreesments signed between some European countries in response to the Great Depression

AgreementContract of Interest

Dec 23 Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • Dec 23 Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in NYC

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Dec 24 Sukarno sentenced to four years in prison by Indonesian authorities in Bandung, Dutch East Indies

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Dec 24 F Garcia Lorca's "La Zapatera Prodigiosa" premieres in Madrid
  • Dec 25 Mt Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opens, 1st US bobsled run open to public
  • Dec 25 Slinger Nitschke scores 142 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,422
  • Dec 25 Tasmania all out 280, WI 2-139 at Hobart Crowd 2,500
  • Dec 29 Fred P. Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minnesota, to New Orleans
  • Dec 31 Pontifical encyclical Casti connubii against mixed marriages
  • Dec 31 US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (d. 2002)
  • Dec 2 Gary Becker, American economist, recipient of the Bank of Sweden Prize, (d. 2014)

Person of interestJean-Luc Godard

Dec 3 Jean-Luc Godard, French director (Alphaville, Hail Mary, Breathless), born in Paris, France

Director Jean-Luc Godard
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
  • Dec 4 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball player (AL Rookie of the Year-1953), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • Dec 4 Paul-Heinz Dittrich, German composer, born in Gornsdorf, Germany
  • Dec 4 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • Dec 7 Richard Felciano, American composer, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 8 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry
  • Dec 8 John Morressy, American sci-fi author (Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane)

Person of interestMaximilian Schell

Dec 8 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor and director (Odessa File, Julia), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2014)

  • Dec 8 Julian Critchley, British politician (d. 2000)
  • Dec 9 Buck Henry, American screenwriter/comedian (SNL, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 10 Clayton K Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, born in Eustis, Nebraska (d. 2017)
  • Dec 11 Jean-Louis Trintignant, French actor and director (Man & a Woman, Z), born in Piolenc, Vaucluse, France
  • Dec 11 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 11 Chus Lampreave [María Jesús Lampreave Pérez], Spanish actress (Volver, Belle Époque), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2016)
  • Dec 12 Friedrich Voss, German composer and pianist, born in Halberstadt, Germany
  • Dec 12 Bill Beutel, American journalist and anchor (ABC), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Dec 13 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Dec 15 Alim-ud-Din, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62)
  • Dec 15 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace)
  • Dec 16 Bill Young, American politician (Congress, 1993-2013), born in Harmarville, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Dec 17 Armin Mueller-Stahl, German painter, author and actor (Kafka, Music Box), born in Tilsit, Germany

Person of interestBob Guccione

Dec 17 Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse, Omni), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)

Publisher Bob Guccione
Publisher
Bob Guccione
  • Dec 17 Julia Meade [Kunz], American actress and TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Dec 17 Makoto Moroi, composer
  • Dec 18 Bill Skowron [Moose], MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Dec 21 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, secretary of Council of Churches
  • Dec 22 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator (kicktail), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2012)
  • Dec 24 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Dec 25 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and coach and father of Andre Agassi, born in Salmas, Iran
  • Dec 25 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1986)
  • Dec 26 Donald Moffat, British actor (Kent-Logan's Run), born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2018)
  • Dec 26 Sayed Mutawli imam ad-Darsh, scholar/broadcaster
  • Dec 27 Jacqueline Fontijn, Flemish composer
  • Dec 27 Meg Greenfield, US politician(?)
  • Dec 27 Wilfrid Sheed, England, writer (Boys of Winter, Hack)
  • Dec 29 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Dec 29 Willy Giefer, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany
  • Dec 30 Patrick Bowles, American writer and translator, born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 1999)
  • Dec 30 Jerome Theisen, benedictine
  • Dec 31 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 6 Pablo Neruda marries Marie A Hagenaar Vogelzang in Batavia


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 9 Jim Slight, cricketer (represented Australia at Oval 1880), dies
  • Dec 11 Friedrich von Bernhardi, German war theorist/historian, dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Fritz Pregl, Slovenian/Austrian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • Dec 17 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, dies of a probable suicide at 36
  • Dec 19 Johnny Douglas, English cricket all-rounder, boxer (23 Tests; Olympic gold middleweight 1908), dies of drowning at 48
  • Dec 23 Johannes H Been, Brielle archivist, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Eduard David, German politician (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Oskar Nedbal, Czech composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 25 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), dies at 65
  • Dec 27 William Courtleigh, Canadian actor (The Birth of Character, Ashes, The Nightingale), dies at 63