What Happened in December 1933

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Rudolf Hess & Ernest Rohm become ministers in Hitler government

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 2 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 As part of a famous MLB fire sale of players, Philadelphia A's owner Connie Mack sells catcher Mickey Cochrane to Detroit for $100,000; Cochrane is immediately named Tigers manager

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Dec 3 Joe Lilliard QBs Chic Cardinals; last NFL black until 1946

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Dec 4 Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time
  • Dec 5 Prohibition ends in the US when 21st Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, 18th Amendment repealed (5:32 PM EST)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Ban on James Joyce's "Ulysses" in US lifted

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • Dec 9 CFL Grey Cup, Athletic Park, Sarnia: Toronto Argonauts edge Sarnia Imperials, 4-3 for their 3rd Championship
  • Dec 9 Romania prohibits fascist Iron Guard

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Prize for Physics is presented to Paul Dirac and Erwin Schrödinger "for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory"

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Paul Dirac
Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Eddie Shore hits Toronto Maple Leaf star Ace Bailey from behind, fracturing his skull and ending his career

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • Dec 14 Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam
  • Dec 15 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15
  • Dec 16 Abe de Vries & Sipke Castelein win Elfstedentocht
  • Dec 17 B H Valentine scores 133 on Test Cricket debut, Eng v India at Bombay

  • Dec 17 Lala Amarnath scores century on Test Cricket debut (went on to 118)
  • Dec 17 Spain's 2nd government of Lerroux forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 17 National Football League Championship - 1st title game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 23-21; "Bronko Nagurski Rule" - forward pass is legal anywhere behind line of scrimmage

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Dec 19 Electric Home & Farm Authority Inc, authorized
  • Dec 20 Bolivia & Paraguay sign cease fire
  • Dec 21 Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, University of Pennsylvania

AgreementContract of Interest

Dec 21 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple aged 5, to a studio contract

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Dec 21 Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony of Great Britain

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Dec 23 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz scores in 3-0 win v Detroit Red Wings; his NHL record 249th career goal

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • Dec 23 Marinus van der Lubbe sentenced to death
  • Dec 23 Train crash in Eastern Paris; 230 die
  • Dec 24 Paris express train derails & kills 160, injures 300 (France)
  • Dec 25 Another Christmas Day five-wicket haul by Clarrie Grimmett
  • Dec 25 Belgian Working people's party accept Henry de Mans Plan of Labor
  • Dec 25 Stan Smith takes 8-33 for Victoria v Tasmania at Hobart
  • Dec 26 US forswears armed intervention in Western Hemisphere
  • Dec 26 FM radio patent granted to American engineer Edwin Howard Armstrong

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 New York Yankees refuses to release Babe Ruth to manage the Cincinnati Reds

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 29 "Sons of the Desert" film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • Dec 30 -50°F (-46°C) in Bloomfield, Vermont (state record)
  • Dec 30 Government disallows NSB-membership for civil service
  • Dec 30 Jack Badcock scores 274 v Victoria, Tasmania's 1st double-ton

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoon artist (d. 1996)
  • Dec 1 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • Dec 1 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 2016)
  • Dec 2 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (d. 2003)
  • Dec 2 K. Veeramani, Indian anti-caste activist
  • Dec 3 Paul J. Crutzen, Dutch chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 4 Horst Buchholz, German actor (Magnificent 7, Raid on Entebbe), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)
  • Dec 5 Bernard van Beurden, Dutch composer and music educator, born in Amsterdam (d. 2016)
  • Dec 5 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, born in Belleek, County Fermanagh (d. 2016)
  • Dec 6 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Czernica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • Dec 6 Jim Pothecary, cricketer (South African pace bowler on 1960 England tour)
  • Dec 8 Flip Wilson, [Clerow], comedian (Flip Wilson Show), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Dec 9 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Dec 9 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • Dec 10 Grenville Alabaster, New Zealand cricketer (NZ tourist to Aust 1973-74), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Dec 10 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), born in Kobe, Hyōgo, Empire of Japan (d. 2006)
  • Dec 10 Larry Morris, NFL Linebacker (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • Dec 11 Ernst van Altena, Dutch author and interpreter (Chansons van Earnest), born in Amsterdam (d. 1999)
  • Dec 11 Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Filipino politician (23rd President of the Senate of the Philippines), born in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, Philippine Islands
  • Dec 12 Manu Dibango, Cameroonian musician (Soul Makossa), born in Douala, French Cameroon
  • Dec 13 Lou Adler, American music executive, director, producer, and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Dec 14 Leo Wright, American saxophonist (I left my heart in San Francisco), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 1991)
  • Dec 15 Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
  • Dec 15 Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show)
  • Dec 15 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), born in Elliotdale, South Africa (d. 2001)
  • Dec 17 Bruce Morrison, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1963)
  • Dec 17 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet
  • Dec 18 Arthur Leigh Allen, Suspected Zodiac serial killer (d. 1992)
  • Dec 19 Cicely Tyson, Harlem actress (Roots, Miss Jane Pittman), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 19 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • Dec 20 Gordon Getty, American businessman and heir of J. Paul Getty, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 20 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961), born in Grobbendonk, Belgium
  • Dec 20 Jean Carnahan, US politician and writer (Missouri, Senator 2001–2002), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 21 Huib Eversdijk, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA), born in Kapelle, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Dec 21 Jackie Hendriks, cricketer (West Indian wicket-keeper of 60's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 21 Miklos Kocsar, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • Dec 23 Akihito, Emperor of Japan (1989- ), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 26 Ugly Dave Gray, Australian television personality
  • Dec 26 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Dec 27 Dave Marr, golfer/sportscaster, (PGA Championship 1965), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Dec 28 Jack Perkins, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday, NBC Magazine), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 28 John Y. Brown, Jr., American politician
  • Dec 29 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, American blues singer/guitarist
  • Dec 31 Edward Bunker, American author & actor, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • Dec 31 Chryssa [Vardea-Mavromichali], Greek-American artist, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 2 1st transatlantic telephone wedding (Bertil Clason-Sigrid Carlson)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Actor Gary Cooper (32) weds actress Veronica Balfe (20) in Park Avenue, New York City


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 3 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 4 Stefan George, German poet (Das neue Reich), dies at 65
  • Dec 9 Morice Bird, cricketer (scored 280 runs in 10 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 11 Emile C Wauters, Belgian painter (Van der Goes Klooster), dies at 87
  • Dec 12 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 17 Hans Vaihinger, German philosopher (Side-Studies), dies at 81
  • Dec 17 Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama, dies at 57
  • Dec 19 George Jackson Churchward, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1857)
  • Dec 21 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish Pole explorer (Thule), dies at 54
  • Dec 25 Francesc Macià, Catalonian statesman (b. 1859)
  • Dec 26 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, dies at 58
  • Dec 29 Joh Georghe Duca, premier of Romania, murdered