On This Day

December 1929 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Game of Bingo invented by American toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe
  • Dec 2 First skull of Peking man found in the caves of Zhoukoudian, 50 km outside of Peking, China. Later dated roughly 750,000 years old. [1]
  • Dec 5 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City
  • Dec 6 Turkey introduces female suffrage

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine jointly awarded to Christiaan Eijkman and Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins for the discovery of vitamins

  • Dec 14 Alexander Zaimis elected president of Greece
  • Dec 15 Swiss pilot Walter Mittelholzer is the first to fly over Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Dec 20 Mount Davidson dedicated as a San Francisco city park
  • Dec 21 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)

Historic Event

Dec 21 Coco the Clown first appears for Bertram Mills Circus in Manchester, England

  • Dec 25 Grimmett takes 6-146 for SA, Queensland all out 380 Crowd 5,390

Historic Event

Dec 29 Dutch colonial authorities arrest Sukarno and other key PNI leaders in Java

  • Dec 30 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporates

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 31 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini illius magistri


Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Jaap Boersma, Dutch politician (Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Dec 6 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • Dec 8 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1986)

Bob Hawke

Dec 9 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), born in Bordertown, South Australia (d. 2019)

  • Dec 12 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 16 Ian Board, British barkeeper (the Colony Room), born in Devon (d.1994)

William Safire

Dec 17 William Safire, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)

  • Dec 19 Herman T M Lauxtermann, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
  • Dec 20 Milan Panić, Serbian-American politician and humanitarian, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Dec 23 Dick Weber, American ten-pin bowling pro (16, 300 games), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Dec 23 Charles R. Bentley, American pioneer of polar science, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 28 Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)
  • Dec 28 Owen Bieber, United Auto Workers president
  • Dec 30 Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 31 Sidney Greenbaum, British scholar, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)

Weddings in History

Aga Khan III

Dec 7 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (52) weds Andrée Joséphine Carron in Aix-les-Bains, France

Divorces in History

Howard Hughes

Dec 9 Businessman Howard Hughes divorces 1st wife Ella Rice after 4 years of marriage

Deaths in History

  • Dec 12 Charles Goodnight, American cattle baron (b. 1836)
  • Dec 20 Emile Loubet, French premier (1892)/president (1899-1906), dies at 90
  • Dec 29 Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)