On This Day

Historical Events in December 1936

  • 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 GarcĂ­a 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

Sports History

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

  • Dec 10 Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry

Nobel 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

Radio History

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

Declaration of War

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

  • Dec 12 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles

NFL Championship

Dec 13 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat Boston Redskins, 21-6; Packers 4th title; Redskins move to Washington, D.C. for 1937 season

  • 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

Film & TV History

Dec 30 Beginning of the "feud" between comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny on Allen's "Town Hall Tonight" show