On This Day

December 1933 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Dec 1 Rudolf Hess & Ernest Rohm become ministers in Hitler's government

Historic Event

Dec 4 FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration

Prohibition and The Rise of Al Capone

Dec 5 Prohibition ends in the US when 21st Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, 18th Amendment repealed (5:32 PM EST)

Historic Event

Dec 6 Ban on James Joyce's "Ulysses" in US lifted

  • Dec 8 French nun Bernadette Soubirous, who saw the vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, is canonized by the Catholic Church
  • Dec 9 Romania prohibits fascist Iron Guard

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Prize for Physics is presented to Paul Dirac and Erwin Schrödinger "for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory"

  • Dec 16 Abe de Vries & Sipke Castelein win Elfstedentocht
  • Dec 17 Spain's 2nd government of Lerroux forms
  • Dec 19 Electric Home & Farm Authority Inc, authorized
  • Dec 20 Bolivia & Paraguay sign cease fire
  • Dec 21 Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dec 21 Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony of Great Britain
  • Dec 23 Dutch communist Marinus van der Lubbe sentenced to death for setting the German Reichstag on fire
  • Dec 23 Train crash in Eastern Paris; 230 die
  • Dec 24 Paris express train derails & kills 160, injures 300 (France)
  • Dec 25 Another Christmas Day five-wicket haul by Clarrie Grimmett
  • Dec 25 Belgian Working people's party accept Henry de Mans Plan of Labor
  • Dec 25 Stan Smith takes 8-33 for Victoria v Tasmania at Hobart
  • Dec 26 US forswears armed intervention in Western Hemisphere
  • Dec 26 FM radio patent granted to American engineer Edwin Howard Armstrong
  • Dec 30 -50°F (-46°C) in Bloomfield, Vermont (state record)
  • Dec 30 Government disallows NSB-membership for civil service
  • Dec 30 Jack Badcock scores 274 v Victoria, Tasmania's 1st double-ton

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 K. Veeramani, Indian anti-caste activist, born in Cuddalore, Madras Presidency, British India
  • Dec 3 Paul J. Crutzen, Dutch chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 5 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, born in Belleek, County Fermanagh (d. 2016)
  • Dec 11 Ernst van Altena, Dutch author and interpreter (Chansons van Earnest), born in Amsterdam (d. 1999)
  • Dec 11 Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Filipino politician (23rd President of the Senate of the Philippines), born in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, Philippine Islands
  • Dec 15 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), born in Elliotdale, South Africa (d. 2001)
  • Dec 17 Paul Snoek [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet
  • Dec 18 Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected Zodiac serial killer (d. 1992)
  • Dec 20 Jean Carnahan, US politician and writer (Missouri, Senator 2001–2002), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 21 Huib Eversdijk, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA), born in Kapelle, Netherlands (d. 2012)


Dec 23 Akihito, Emperor of Japan (1989-2019), born in Tokyo, Japan

  • Dec 28 John Y. Brown, Jr., American politician
  • Dec 31 Chryssa [Vardea-Mavromichali], Greek-American artist, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2013)

Weddings in History

  • Dec 2 1st transatlantic telephone wedding (Bertil Clason-Sigrid Carlson)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Stefan George, German poet (Das neue Reich), dies at 65
  • Dec 11 Emile Wauters, Belgian painter (Van der Goes Klooster), dies at 87
  • Dec 17 Hans Vaihinger, German philosopher (Side-Studies), dies at 81
  • Dec 17 Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama, dies at 57
  • Dec 19 George Jackson Churchward, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1857)
  • Dec 21 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish Pole explorer (Thule), dies at 54
  • Dec 25 Francesc Macià, Catalonian statesman (b. 1859)
  • Dec 26 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, dies at 58
  • Dec 29 Joh Georghe Duca, premier of Romania, murdered