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What Happened in December 1936

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 2nd Heisman Trophy Award: Larry Kelley, Yale (E)
  • Dec 1 Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use
  • Dec 1 EW Brundin & FF Lyon obtain patent on soilless culture of plants
  • Dec 5 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Sarnia Imperials defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20 for their 2nd Championship
  • Dec 5 Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakh SSR & Kirghiz SSR becomes constituent republics of Soviet Union
  • Dec 8 Anastasio Somoza García elected President of Nicaragua
  • Dec 8 NAACP files suit to equalize salaries of black & white teachers
  • Dec 9 AL OKs night baseball for St Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Australia all out for 58 v England, Bradman out for a duck

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 10 Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Britain replaces King Edward VIII stamp series with King George VI

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
King of the United Kingdom Edward VIII
King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII

King Abdicates for Love of Wallis SimpsonKing Abdicates for Love of Wallis Simpson

Dec 10 Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson
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Caught off-guard: the Windsors hear a sad dog tale. Photographer: Richard Avedon. National Portrait Gallery, London
Caught off-guard: the Windsors hear a sad dog tale. Photographer: Richard Avedon. National Portrait Gallery, London

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas for mediating end to Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, 1st Latin American to win

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
King of the United Kingdom Edward VIII
King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII

BattleDeclaration of War

Dec 12 Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Dec 12 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles

  • Dec 13 Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Washington, D.C.

Sport awardNFL Championship

Dec 13 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat Boston Redskins, 21-6; Packers 4th title

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Dec 15 KVL-AM in Seattle Washington changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
  • Dec 16 John Monks and Fred Finklehoff's play "Brother Rat" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 17 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV
  • Dec 18 Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17
  • Dec 18 Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in San Francisco
  • Dec 21 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out for 80
  • Dec 22 1st common carrier license issued by ICC, Scranton, Pa
  • Dec 23 Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Dec 24 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 25 Belgian bishops condemn fascism & communism
  • Dec 25 Ron Hamence scores 104 for SA v Queensland before 4,865
  • Dec 26 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms
  • Dec 30 United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher Body Plant
  • Dec 30 Beginning of the "feud" between comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny on Allen's "Town Hall Tonight" show

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Peter Michael Braun, German composer, born in Wuppertal, Germany (d. 2019)
  • Dec 4 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • Dec 4 Freddy Cannon [Picariello], American rocker (Palisades Park), born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • Dec 5 James Lee Burke, American writer (Dave Robicheaux series), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 6 Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist (Kenneth Copeland Ministries), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Dec 6 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Dec 7 Martha Layne Collins, American businesswoman and politician (56th Governor of Kentucky), born in Bagdad, Kentucky
  • Dec 7 Bo Belinsky, American baseball pitcher ( no-hitter 1962 in only 4th MLB game; LA Angels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Dec 8 David Carradine, American actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2009)
  • Dec 8 Peter Parfitt, English cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's), born in Billingford, Breckland, Norfolk, England
  • Dec 8 Buster Farrer, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), born in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Dec 8 Brad Jurjens, Estonian director (The Bank Job), born in Viljandi, Estonia
  • Dec 11 Hans van den Broek, Dutch politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Paris
  • Dec 11 Taku Yamasaki, Japanese politician (Minister of Construction), born in Dalian, Kwantung Leased Territory, China
  • Dec 12 Bengt Emil Johnson, Swedish author and composer, born in Saxdalen, Sweden (d. 2010)
  • Dec 12 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Timișoara, Romania (d. 2016)
  • Dec 13 Karim Aga Khan, Imam of Nizari-Ismaili Shia Islam, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dec 13 J. C. Martin, American baseball player, born in Axton, Virginia
  • Dec 14 Robert Alan Ridley Parker, American PhD/astronaut (STS 9, STS 35), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 16 Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Dec 17 Tommy Steele [Thomas Hicks], English pop singer, 1st British Rock and Roll star, born in London
  • Dec 17 Frank Martinus Arion, [F Efraim M], Antilles, writer (Double Play)
  • Dec 17 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)

Person of interestPope Francis

Dec 17 Pope Francis [Jorge Mario Bergoglio], Catholic Pope (2013-) 1st Jesuit pope, 1st from the Americas and 1st non-European pope since Syrian Gregory III in 741, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Dec 18 Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • Dec 19 Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957
  • Dec 22 Hector Elizondo, American actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 James Burke, British science historian and broadcaster (Connections), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 22 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish actor, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1969)
  • Dec 23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 23 Claude Albert Coppens, Belgian pianist, born in Schaerbeek, Belgium
  • Dec 23 Frederic Forrest, American actor (The Rose, Lonesone Dove), born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • Dec 23 James Stacy [Maurice William Elias], American actor (Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Dec 23 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • Dec 25 Alexandra HEOC, English princess/daughter of Sir Angus Ogilvy
  • Dec 25 Ismail Merchant, film producer (Merchant Ivory - Remains of the Day), born in Mumbai, India
  • Dec 26 Kitty Dukakis, substance abuser/wife of Michael (Gov-Mass)
  • Dec 27 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer (12 Tests), born in Shipley, West Yorkshire (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2020)
  • Dec 28 Jacques Mesrine, French criminal (d. 1979)
  • Dec 28 Lawrence Schiller, American journalist

Person of interestRay Nitschke

Dec 29 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • Dec 29 Vitaly Alexeyevich Godzyatsky, Soviet composer

Person of interestMary Tyler Moore

Dec 29 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)

  • Dec 29 Eduard Martsevich, Soviet-Russian actor and People's Artist of the RSFSR, born in Tbilisi, USSR (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (30) weds first wife Judith Coppicus

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Paleoanthropologist Mary Nicol (23) weds archaeologist Louis Leakey (33) in England

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Paleoanthropologist
Mary Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • Dec 28 British best-selling romantic author Barbara Cartland (35) marries 2nd husband Hugh McCorquodale

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 John Ringling, American circus owner (b. 1866)
  • Dec 10 Luigi Pirandello, Italian writer (Six Characters in Search of An Author-Nobel 1934), dies at 69
  • Dec 10 Bobby Abel, English cricketer (744 runs in 13 Tests for Eng 1888-1902), dies at 79
  • Dec 18 Andrija Mohorovičić, Austro-Hungarian-born Yugoslav seismologist (b. 1857)
  • Dec 20 Baron De Borchgrave, Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid
  • Dec 24 Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, Croatian paleontologist (discovery and descriptions of the Neandertal remains from the Huŝnjakova rock shelter at Krapina in northwestern Croatia), dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Pierre Maurice, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Hans von Seeckt, German general and advisor of Chiang Kai-shek, dies at 70
  • Dec 31 Miguel de Unamuno Jugo, Span philosopher/poet (Cancionero), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 William FA Ellison, Irish clergyman/astronomer, dies at 72