What Happened in December 1937

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Japan recognizes Franco government

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Dec 7 Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work

AgreementContract of Interest

Dec 7 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Dec 7 Russian chess player Alekhine recaptures world title from Max Euwe
  • Dec 11 25th CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts claim their 4th Championship; beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 4-3
  • Dec 11 Italy withdraws from League of Nations
  • Dec 12 NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY
  • Dec 12 Washington Redskins win NFL championship
  • Dec 12 Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations)
  • Dec 12 1938 NFL Draft: Corbett Davis from University of Indiana first pick by Cleveland Rams
  • Dec 13 Japanese troops conquer and plunder Nanjing (Nanjing Massacre)
  • Dec 16 Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from American federal prison Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
  • Dec 20 Bill O'Reilly takes 9-41 for NSW against South Australia
  • Dec 21 O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 21 The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Dec 22 Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic
  • Dec 23 First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
  • Dec 24 Dutch government recognizes Italian king Emanuel III as emperor of Abyssinia
  • Dec 25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio
  • Dec 25 Queensland all out for 93 v SA in front of 10,436
  • Dec 27 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 27 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • Dec 28 Fascist Octavian Goga becomes Prime Minister of Romania
  • Dec 29 Constitution of Ireland (Irish: Bunreacht na hÉireann) is enacted and Irish free state is named Eire
  • Dec 29 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass.World heavyweight title - youngest ever
  • Dec 29 Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Gordon Crosse, Bury Lancashire England, composer (Grace of Todd)
  • Dec 1 Chuck Low, American actor
  • Dec 1 Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, 6th President of Latvia
  • Dec 2 Brian Lumley, England, sci-fi author (Compleat Crow, Psychomech)
  • Dec 3 Bobby Allison, auto racer (3 time winner of Daytona 500)
  • Dec 3 Stephen Rubin, English attorney, shoe manufacturer (Reebok, Adidas)
  • Dec 3 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian linguist
  • Dec 4 Max Baer Jr, American actor (Jethro-Beverly Hillbillies), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 4 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2018)
  • Dec 6 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2006)
  • Dec 7 Thad Cochran, American politician (U.S. Senator from Mississippi), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi
  • Dec 8 James MacArthur, actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 8 Jan van Houwelingen, Dutch undersecretary of Defense (CDA)
  • Dec 8 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman (d. 2004)
  • Dec 9 Darwin Joston, American actor (d. 1998)
  • Dec 10 Don Bies, American PGA golfer (1975 Sammy Davis Jr), born in Cottonwood, Idaho
  • Dec 10 Don Sebesky, American orchestra leader (Jimmy Dean Show), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • Dec 11 Adriaan Vlok, South African politician (Minister of Law & Order (1986-91), born in Sutherland, South Africa
  • Dec 11 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), born in Grayling, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Dec 12 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Buford Pusser, American sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, born in Finger, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • Dec 13 Rob Houwer, Dutch director and producer and actor (OK, Professor Columbus), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 15 John [Thomas] Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)
  • Dec 15 Karen Morrow, American actress (The Boy in the Plastic bubble, Ladies' Man), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 16 Jim Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again)
  • Dec 16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • Dec 16 Joyce Bulifant, American actress (Marie- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Dec 16 Edward Ruscha, American artist (Pop Art), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 17 Art Neville, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 17 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (d. 2005)
  • Dec 17 John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)
  • Dec 17 Calvin Waller, US Army general (d. 1996)
  • Dec 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present), born in Akershus, Norway

Person of interestJane Fonda

Dec 21 Jane Fonda, American actress (Barbarella, Klute, 9 to 5), born in NYC, New York

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • Dec 21 Donald F. Munson, American politician (former Maryland Senator), born in Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Dec 22 Marco J de Castro, Dutch Antillian politician
  • Dec 23 Karol Joseph Bobko, American Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6, STS 51D, STS 51J), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 24 Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player
  • Dec 25 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 26 John Horton Conway, British mathematician
  • Dec 26 Jay Heimowitz, American poker player
  • Dec 28 Ratan Tata, Indian industrialist
  • Dec 29 Barbara Steele, Birkenhead, Cheshire, English actress (Black Sunday, 8½)
  • Dec 30 John Hartford, American country singer (Gentle on My Mind), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Paul Stookey, singer and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 30 Gordon Banks, English footballer

Person of interestAnthony Hopkins

Dec 31 Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty), born in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales

  • Dec 31 Nicolas Born, German writer, born in Duisburg (d. 1979)
  • Dec 31 Avram Hershko, Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry, born in Karcag, Hungary

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 9 Writer Walter Lippmann (48) divorces first wife Faye Albertson after 20 years of marriage

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Prosper Poullet, Belgian mayor, dies

Person of interestGustaf Dalén

Dec 9 [Nils] Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist and industrialist (AGA, Nobel Prize in Physics 1912), dies at 68

Industrialist and Inventor Gustaf Dalén
Industrialist and Inventor
Gustaf Dalén
  • Dec 12 Alfred Abel, actor (Dr Mabuse, Metropolis), dies at 57
  • Dec 17 Gerard Vissering, banker/president of Dutch Bank, dies at 72
  • Dec 18 Stanford Schultz, English cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies at 80

Person of interestErich Ludendorff

Dec 20 Erich Ludendorff, German general during World War I, dies of liver cancer at 72

German General Erich Ludendorff
German General
Erich Ludendorff

Person of interestFrank Kellogg

Dec 21 Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, dies at 80

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
  • Dec 21 Ted Healy [Ernest Lee Nash], American actor and comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), dies from acute toxic nephritis at 41
  • Dec 22 Daito Kokushi, Zen founder of Daitokuji, dies in Kyoto at 55
  • Dec 26 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, dies of tuberculosis at 47
  • Dec 28 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • Dec 29 Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)