On This Day

December 1922 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 1st skywriting over US - "Hello USA"-by Capt Turner, RAF

Historic Event

Dec 1 Polish state Chief Marshal Józef Piłsudski resigns

  • Dec 4 Lucille Atcherson, becomes first woman legation sect-US foreign service
  • Dec 6 1st constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation
  • Dec 6 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY
  • Dec 9 Gabriel Narutowicz elected Polish president
  • Dec 10 Nobel prizes awarded to Niels Bohr (Physics), Francis William Aston (Chemistry) and Fridtjof Nansen (Peace)

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Danish physicist Niels Bohr awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, for work on the structure of atoms, at a ceremony in Copehagen

  • Dec 13 Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps
  • Dec 15 IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague
  • Dec 17 Last British troops leave Irish Free State
  • Dec 19 Theresa Vaughn, 24, confesses in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countries
  • Dec 20 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)
  • Dec 20 Polish parliament selects Stanislaw Wojcieckowski as president
  • Dec 22 Belgian parliament rejects Dutch university in Ghent
  • Dec 23 BBC Radio began daily newscasts

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 23 Pope Pius XI pleas for peace: encyclical Ubi arcano

  • Dec 24 London Coloseum opens

Historic Event

Dec 25 -Dec 26] Lenin dictates his "Political testament"

  • Dec 29 Dutch Constitution proclaimed
  • Dec 29 Revised Netherlands Law proclaims suffrage

Soviet Union Founded

Dec 30 Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre, Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR and Transcaucasian SSR


Birthdays in History

  • Dec 6 John Brunt, English soldier and Victoria Cross holder, born in Priest Weston, Shropshire, England (d. 1944)
  • Dec 8 John B. McKay, American test pilot (X-15), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1975)
  • Dec 8 Lucian Freud, German-British artist (Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Boy With a Rat), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)
  • Dec 11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Dec 11 Peter Birch, American choreographer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 12 Arthur R. Hawkins, American naval aviator and flying ace (WW II, downed 14 Japanese planes), born in Zavalla, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Dec 13 José Sarria, American political activist, drag queen and 1st openly gay candidate for public office in the US (1961), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • Dec 17 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
  • Dec 19 Catherine Hall, British nurse who raised the professional profile of nursing and to establish its central role in health care, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • Dec 22 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • Dec 22 Jim Wright, American politician (Speaker of House 1987-89), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • Dec 22 Jack Brooks, American politician, born in Crowley, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Dec 23 Ian Powell Bancroft, British senior civil servant, born in Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 1996)
  • Dec 26 Norman Orentreich, American dermatologist known as "the father of modern hair transplantation", born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • Dec 26 Iain Watson Gallaway, New Zealand sports broadcaster (Radio Sport; Halberg Award) and author ("Not a Cloud in the Sky"), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • Dec 27 Larry Osborne, navigator air traffic controller/supply specialist

Stan Lee

Dec 28 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)

  • Dec 29 William Gaddis, American novelist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist, dies
  • Dec 12 John Wanamaker, American merchant (Wanamakers Department Store), pioneer in marketing and Postmaster General, dies at 84
  • Dec 13 Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic politician and poet (b. 1861)
  • Dec 16 Gabriel Narutowicz, 1st President of Poland (Dec 7-16, 1922), assassinated