What Happened on December 31, 1938

Historical Events

  • Daniel Sternefeld conducts premiere of his ballet "Pierlala" at the Royal Flemish Opera of Antwerp; choreographer Wladimir Karnetzky also danced the title role
  • Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer", 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana
  • Dutch national debt hits ƒ3,986,629,805.70

Famous Birthdays

  • Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Dutch speed skater (Women's World Champion, 1970, 1972-74; European Champion, 1972-74), born in Grou, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • Henricus G Wijmans, Dutch graphic artist
  • Rosalind Cash, American actress (Omega Man, Wrong is Right), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1995)

Famous Deaths

  • Richard Nicolaas Roland Holst, Dutch artist and painter, dies at 70
1938 Highlights

About December 31, 1938

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 84 years, 1 month and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Capricorn