On This Day

What Happened on December 1, 1934

Historical Events


MurderAssassination

Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov is assassinated and Joseph Stalin uses it as an excuse to begin his Great Purge of 1934-38

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Toronto Maple Leafs beat St. Louis Eagles, 4-3 to set an NHL record for the most wins to start the season with 8; Leafs do it again 59 years later; won 10 in a row to start 1993-94 season

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth

Famous Birthdays

  • Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer ("Me & Mrs. Jones"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Hilly Axwijk, Suriname social worker
  • LaMar Clark, American boxer (record most consecutive knockouts 44, including unsanctioned bouts), born in Cedar City, Utah (d. 2006)

Famous Deaths

  • Sergei Kirov, Russian politician who was Mayor of Leningrad and a friend of Joseph Stalin, assassinated in Leningrad at 48
1934 Highlights

About December 1, 1934

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 86 years and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Sagittarius