Historical Events in December 1946

Sports History

Dec 2 In rain affected 1st Test in Brisbane, Australia compiles 1st innings total 645 on Day 3 v India (Bradman 187, Hassett 128); Australia wins by an innings and 332

  • Dec 3 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB)

Historic Event

Dec 3 US government asks UN to order dictator Francisco Franco out of Spain

Historic Event

Dec 5 US President Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808

  • Dec 7 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
  • Dec 8 US Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

Music History

Dec 11 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

  • Dec 11 Spain suspended from UN
  • Dec 11 UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
  • Dec 12 'Tide' laundry detergent introduced
  • Dec 12 Abandoned ice plant in Manahttan, New York City, collapses during a fire, shearing a tenement building next door, killing 38

Historic Event

Dec 12 UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Election of Interest

Dec 13 Léon Blum elected French premier

  • Dec 14 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances
  • Dec 14 General Assembly of United Nations votes to construct headquarters in New York City [1]
  • Dec 14 Togo made a trusteeship territory of UN
  • Dec 15 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
  • Dec 15 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 24-14; record attendance 58,346 at final NFL title game played at Polo Grounds
  • Dec 16 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears

Historic Event

Dec 16 French fashion designer Christian Dior and his backer Marcel Boussac found fashion house Christian Dior

  • Dec 16 Thailand joins the United Nations
  • Dec 17 Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wicket stand, score 234 each
  • Dec 17 US V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico
  • Dec 18 TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run in US

Music Premiere

Dec 19 Noël Coward's musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

Historic Event

Dec 19 War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi

Film Premiere

Dec 20 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" film, directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore premieres in New York

Music Premiere

Dec 20 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres

  • Dec 21 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • Dec 21 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
  • Dec 21 Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show" premieres in Indianapolis
  • Dec 22 "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • Dec 22 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 23 Belgian Council of State forms
  • Dec 23 Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)
  • Dec 23 University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University after they suggested they may use a black player in their basketball game
  • Dec 24 French Fourth Republic is founded
  • Dec 24 US General MacNarney gives 800,000 "minor Nazis" amnesty
  • Dec 25 Constitution accepted in Taiwan
  • Dec 26 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
  • Dec 26 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Dec 26 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
  • Dec 28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Melbourne, Australia: Jack Kramer & Ted Schroeder give US unassailable 3-0 lead; beat Australians John Bromwich & Adrian Quist 6-2, 7-5, 6-4; ends 5-0
  • Dec 31 French troops leave Lebanon
  • Dec 31 US President Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II