Historical Events in December 1943

Conference of Interest

Dec 1 At the end of the Tehran Conference, the Big Three (Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt) agree that the invasion of Normandy should take place in May 1944

  • Dec 2 First RSHA (Reichssicherheitshauptamt - Nazi Reich Security Head Office) transport out of Vienna reaches Birkenau camp
  • Dec 3 9th Heisman Trophy Award: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame (QB)
  • Dec 3 World War II: Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy begins

Music Premiere

Dec 3 Howard Hanson conducts premiere of his 4th Symphony ("Requiem") with the Boston Symphony; Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1944

Conference of Interest

Dec 4 -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Winston Churchill and Turkish President İsmet İnönü

Sports History

Dec 4 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes

  • Dec 4 Yugoslavian resistance forms provisionary government under Dr Ribar
  • Dec 5 NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger dissolves

Historic Event

Dec 8 John Van Druten's "Voice of the Turtle" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 10 British 8th Army (1st Canadian Infantry Division) occupies Orsogna/Ortona Italy
  • Dec 13 150 US Marauders bomb Schiphol
  • Dec 16 "Tamiami Champion" (New York to Florida) trains collide, kills 73 & injures 200
  • Dec 17 Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • Dec 19 Military coup in Bolivia
  • Dec 20 "Internationale" is no longer USSR National Anthem
  • Dec 22 Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core
  • Dec 23 Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel & Gretel" becomes 1st complete opera to be telecast (WGRB, Schenectady, New York)

Appointment of Interest

Dec 23 General Bernard Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day

Historic Event

Dec 24 US President FDR appoints General Eisenhower Supreme Commander of the Allied forces

Historic Event

Dec 24 Terence Rattigan's "While the Sun Shines" premieres in London

  • Dec 26 British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst
  • Dec 26 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 41-21; Bears 6th title

Historic Event

Dec 26 Earl Claus von Stauffenberg vain with bomb to Hitlers headquarter

  • Dec 27 France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government
  • Dec 27 German warship "Scharnhorst" sinks in Barents Sea
  • Dec 27 Montgomery discusses Overlord with Eisenhower & Bedell Smith
  • Dec 28 All Kalmyk inhabitants of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route.
  • Dec 30 Phillies trade Babe Dahlgren to Pitts for Babe Phelps & cash
  • Dec 30 Subhash Chandra Bose raises the flag of Indian independence at Port Blair

Music History

Dec 31 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater