On This Day

Historical Events in December 1920

  • Dec 3 Turkey & Armenia agree to peace treaty
  • Dec 4 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds, NYC
  • Dec 4 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: U of Toronto Blues win 4th title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
  • Dec 5 Pro football playoff game Akron & Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided
  • Dec 5 Dimitrios Rallis forms a government in Greece.
  • Dec 7 NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81
  • Dec 7 USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 August Krogh is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the regulation mechanisms of capillaries in skeletal muscle

Music History

Dec 12 Maurice Ravel's ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris

  • Dec 13 Francis G. Pease's interferometer at Mount Wilson Observatory is the first to measure the diameter of a star - the Betelgeuse
  • Dec 13 League of Nations establishes the International Court of Justice in The Hague
  • Dec 13 Netherland breaks contact with Kingdom of Serbia, Croatia and Slavia
  • Dec 13 Hans Riegel founds sweet company HARIBO ((HAns RIegel BOnn) in Bonn, Germany [1]

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

  • Dec 16 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000
  • Dec 17 AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it
  • Dec 17 British Empire receives League of Nations mandate over Nauru
  • Dec 17 Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
  • Dec 17 South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa
  • Dec 18 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US
  • Dec 19 1st US indoor curling rink opens (Brookline, Mass)

Historic Event

Dec 19 King Constantine I is restored as King of the Hellenes after the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite.

  • Dec 20 Bert Collins scores 104 on Test Cricket debut v England SCG

Film & TV History

Dec 20 Bob Hope becomes an American citizen

Music Premiere

Dec 21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 23 Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland

Music Concert

Dec 24 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance, with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC

  • Dec 29 The Netherlands and Venezuela recover diplomatic relations
  • Dec 29 Yugoslav government bans communist party
  • Dec 31 Victorian all-rounder Roy Park makes Test cricket debut for Australia v England in 2nd Test in Melbourne; bowled by Harry Howell for a first ball 'golden duck' in his first and only Test innings
  • Dec 31 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Auckland, NZ: Bill Johnson & Bill Tilden (US) beat Norman Brookes & Gerald Patterson (Australasia) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 for an unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0