On This Day

Historical Events in December 1945

  • Dec 1 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win their 6th title with a 35-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Dec 4 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)
  • Dec 4 Senate approves US participation in United Nations
  • Dec 5 Flight 19 the "Lost Squadron" of 5 torpedo bombers and 14 airmen is lost east of Florida in the supposed Bermuda Triangle
  • Dec 5 Special Council of Annulment affirms death sentence of Max Blokzijl
  • Dec 10 Aust Services lose 3rd Victory Test Cricket to India by 6 wkts
  • Dec 10 Preston Tucker reveals plan to produce the Torpedo, a new 150 MPH car
  • Dec 11 Het Parool publishes 1st Captain Rob-strip
  • Dec 12 Special Court of justice convicts Dutch Nazi leader Mussert to death

Theater Premiere

Dec 14 Elmer Rice's play "Dream Girl" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 15 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, ordained as a priest
  • Dec 16 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Rams beat Washington Redskins, 15-14; last game before Rams move west to Los Angeles
  • Dec 18 Uruguay joins the United Nations
  • Dec 19 Austrian Republic re-establishes
  • Dec 19 Jean Giraudoux' "La Folle de Chaillot" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 20 Rationing of auto tires ends in US
  • Dec 21 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances
  • Dec 22 Utrecht: Catholic People's party (KVP) established

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 23 Pope Pius XII encyclical Orientals omnes, about Rutheense church

  • Dec 26 CFP franc and CFA franc created
  • Dec 27 Arthur Laurent's "Home of the Brave" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Dec 27 International Monetary Fund formally established by 29 member countries based on ideas of Harry Dexter White and John Maynard Keynes

  • Dec 27 The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.
  • Dec 28 Congress officially recognizes "Pledge of Allegiance"

NHL Record

Dec 29 Montreal right wing Maurice Richard scores twice in Canadiens' 5-4 loss to Chicago Black Hawks to record his 100th NHL career goal; reaches mark in 145 games, then fastest in history; since broken by Mike Bossy, 100 goals in 129 games

Sports History

Dec 31 Before the biggest Adelaide Oval crowd of the season, batting maestro Don Bradman scores his first post-WWII century; 112 for South Australia v Australian Services

United Nations Charter

Dec 31 Ratification of United Nations Charter completed