On This Day

What Happened on December 1, 1934

Historical Events

Assassination

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

NHL 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


Famous Birthdays

  • Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer ("Me & Mrs. Jones"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Hilly Axwijk, Suriname-Dutch social worker and women's rights activist
  • 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, 11 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Sagittarius