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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1939 AD


January 2: Bradman scores 107 SA vs. Victoria, his 4th consecutive century
January 3: Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in U.S. House of Representatives
January 4: Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a U.S. graduate school
January 4: Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration
January 7: U.S. worker's union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916)
January 10: Bradman hits 186 SA vs. Qld before Christ catches him at short-leg
January 13: Belgian premier signs Burgos-treaty for trade relations with Franco
January 14: All commercial ferry service to East Bay ends
January 14: Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
January 15: 1st NFL pro bowl, New York Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
January 15: Municipal Railway and Market St. RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
January 16: Comic strip "Superman" debuts
January 17: Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert
January 18: SA wicketkeeper Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* vs. NSW
January 19: Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec
January 20: Charles Ives' 1st Sonate "Concord," premieres
January 20: Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews
January 21: George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "American Way," premieres in New York City
January 21: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
January 21: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
January 22: Aquatic Park, near Fisherman's Wharf, SF, is dedicated
January 22: Uranium atom 1st split, Columbia University
January 24: 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile
January 24: Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler and George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame
January 24: Spanish government moves to Figueras
January 25: Earthquake hits Chillan Chile, 10,000 killed
January 25: Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
January 26: Federal Hall National Monument established
January 26: Filming begins on "Gone With the Wind"
January 26: Franco conquers Barcelona
January 30: Heavy aftershocks destroy some of Chile
January 30: Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews


February 4: Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-minute mile beyond human effort
February 6: Spanish government flees to France
February 9: Belgian Spaak government falls
February 14: Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of Gone With the Wind
February 15: German battleship Bismarck was launched
February 15: Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes," premieres in New York City
February 17: Katwijk soccer team forms
February 18: Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island
February 21: Belgian government of Pierlot forms
February 22: Netherlands recognizes Franco-regime in Spain
February 23: Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ
February 24: Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony, premieres in Boston
February 25: 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
February 27: Belgian government of Pierlot falls
February 27: English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire
February 27: France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain
February 27: Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes
February 28: Great Britain recognizes Franco-regime in Spain


March 2: Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII
March 2: Massachusetts Legislature vote to ratify the Bill of Rights - 147 years late
March 7: Glamour magazine begins publishing
March 7: Guy Lombardo and Royal Canadians 1st record "Auld Lang Syne"
March 8: Lenore Coffee and William Joyce Cowan's "Family Portrait," premieres
March 10: 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad India
March 12: Pope Pius XII crowned in Vatican ceremonies
March 14: England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day
March 14: Nazi Germany dissolves Republic of Czechoslovakia
March 15: Hitler occupies Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independ
March 16: Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
March 16: Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
March 16: NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-New York Rangers (7), New York Americans (3) and a record 26 points in the 3rd period
March 20: 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania
March 21: Nazi-Germany demands Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland
March 22: Lithuania state, forced to give Memel territory to Germany
March 25: Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart
March 27: 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Champion: University of Oregon beats OH State 46-33
March 28: Dutch hunter shoots English bombers down
March 28: Philip Barry's "Philadelphia Story," premieres in New York City
March 28: Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
March 28: Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco
March 31: Britain and France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany


April 1: U.S. recognizes Franco government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco's victory in Spain
April 2: 6th Golf Masters Championship: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
April 4: Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
April 5: Membership in Hitler Youth becomes obligatory
April 6: Great Britain and Poland sign military pact
April 6: U.S. and U.K. agree on joint control of Canton and Enderbury Island in the Pacific
April 7: Italy invades Albania
April 8: ACV soccer team forms in Axes
April 8: King Zog I of Albania, flees
April 9: Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial
April 10: Colijn's Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
April 10: Grens mobilization due to Italian invasion in Albania
April 11: Hungary leaves League of Nations
April 13: W Saroyan's "My Heart's in the Highlands," premieres in New York City
April 14: John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published
April 15: Albert Lebrun elected president of France
April 16: Stalin requests British, French and Russian anti-nazi pact
April 16: Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
April 17: Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
April 17: SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy," premieres in New York City
April 17: Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-nazi pact
April 18: Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey
April 18: Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government
April 19: 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8
April 19: Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
April 20: New York World's Fair opens
April 20: Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double
April 23: 1st performance of Bela Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin
April 23: Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st home run
April 28: Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect
April 29: Whitestone Bridge connecting Bronx and Queens opens
April 30: NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with Franklin D. Roosevelt at opening of New York World's Fair
April 30: Tropicana ballet of Havana Cuba, forms


May 1: Batman comics hit street
May 1: Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)
May 2: Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yankees beat Tigers 22-2
May 5: Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
May 6: 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"
May 6: 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
May 7: Germany and Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
May 9: Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha
May 13: 65th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
May 13: SS St. Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives
May 16: 1st AL night game, Philadelphia Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
May 16: Food stamps are 1st issued
May 17: 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
May 19: Churchill signs British-Russian anti-nazi pact
May 20: 1st regular transatlantic airmail (New York to Marsseille France)
May 20: "3 Little Fishies," by Kay Kyser hits #1
May 20: Pan Am begins transatlantic passenger and air mail service
May 22: Hitler and Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"
May 23: British decoration, George Cross, 1st presented
May 23: British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949
May 23: Dmitri Shostakovich appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad
May 23: Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
May 23: Submarine Squalis sank off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 26 die
May 25: Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president


June 1: 1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer
June 1: 1st night game at Phil's Shribe Park (Pirates 5, Phillies 2)
June 1: British sub "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard
June 1: Retired German Colonel General Gerd von Runstedt returns to service
June 3: 71st Belmont: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:29.6
June 3: Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
June 6: New York Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 home runs in 4th inning
June 6: New York supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead
June 7: 1st king and queen of England to visit U.S., George VI and Elizabeth
June 8: British king George VI visits U.S.
June 11: King and Queen of England taste 1st "hot dogs" at FDR's party
June 12: 43rd U.S. Golf Open: Byron Nelson shoots a 284 at Philadelphia CC in Philadelphia
June 12: Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York
June 20: Test flight of 1st rocket plane using liquid propellants
June 21: Doctors reveal Lou Gehrig has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
June 21: New York Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement
June 22: Future Queen Elizabeth of England meets future husband Philip
June 23: Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to become wrestling champ
June 23: France turns over Sanjak of Alexandretta (Hatay) to Turkey
June 24: Pan Am's 1st U.S. to England flight
June 27: 1st night game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Indians 5, Tigers 0)
June 27: Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings
June 27: Headley scores a cricket century in each innings vs. England at Lord's
June 28: Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
June 28: Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service, Dixie Clipper
June 28: Yankees hit 13 home runs, sweep A's 23-2 and 10-0
June 29: 4th Dutch government of Colijn falls
June 29: Dixie Clipper completes 1st commercial plane flight to Europe
June 30: Heinkel He 176 rocket plane flies for 1st time, at Peenemunde


July 3: Ernst Heinkel demonstrates 800-kph rocket plane to Hitler
July 3: Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes "luckiest man" speech
July 4: Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game
July 4: Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day
July 6: German Nazi's close last Jewish enterprises
July 7: 52nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Kay Stammers (62 60)
July 8: 59th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (26 86 36 63 62)
July 11: 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York New York Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees
July 13: Frank Sinatra made his recording debut
July 15: Clara Adams, New York City, is 1st woman to complete round world flight
July 17: 22nd PGA Championship: Henry Picard at Pomonok CC Flushing NY
July 19: 1st use of fiberglass sutures, R P Scholz, St. Louis, Missouri
July 19: Dr. Roy P Scholz is 1st surgeon to use fiberglass sutures
July 22: 1st black woman judge, Jane Matilda Bolin, New York City
July 25: 5th and last Dutch government of Colijn, forms
July 25: New York Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win
July 26: Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive home runs
July 28: 5th Dutch government of Colijn falls
July 30: Belgium Sylvere Maes wins 33rd Tour de France


August 2: Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers
August 3: Jean Genets "Ondine," premieres in Paris
August 6: 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio
August 10: 2nd Dutch De Geer government forms (1st with Social Democrats)
August 11: Sergei Rachmaninovs last appearance in Europe
August 13: Sabotage suspected in crash of 'City of San Francisco'
August 13: Yankees set AL shutout margin with 21-0 victory over A's
August 14: 1st night games at Comiskey Park (White Sox 5, Browns 2)
August 15: In 1st night game at Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2
August 15: "Wizard of Oz" premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood
August 17: "Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY
August 19: 37.6 cm rainfall at Tuckerton, New Jersey (state record)
August 20: 1st black bowling league formed (National Bowling Assoc)
August 20: Russian offensive under General Zjoekov against Japanese invasion in Mongolia
August 22: Dutch border guards take positions for German invasion
August 22: Premier De Geer recalls Dutch vacationers in Black Forest
August 23: John Cobb (Britain) drives 365.85 MPH (593.48 KPH) at Bonneville Flats
August 23: Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: East Europe divided between Hitler and Stalin
August 23: Molotov-Ribbentrop-pact (Soviet Union neutral/Poland divided)
August 23: U.S.S.R. and Germany sign a non-agression pact
August 24: Germany and U.S.S.R. sign 10-year non-aggression pact
August 26: 1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Brooklyn Dodgers (W2XBS New York)
August 26: Belgium mobilizes
August 26: Kroatia gets autonomous status
August 27: Erich Warsitz makes 1st jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178)
August 27: Heinkel He-178 makes 1st manned flight with rocket/jet propulsion
August 27: Nazi Germany demands Danzig and Polish corridor
August 27: Queen Wilhelmina receives German ambassador Grave Zech
August 28: "Monty" becomes commandant of 3rd "Iron" Infantry division
August 28: Netherland mobilizes
August 28: Sammy Fain/Jack Yellen's musical "George White's Scandals" premieres
August 29: Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II
August 30: 6th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: New York Giants 9, All-Stars 0 (81,456)
August 30: General Reijnders appointed supreme commander of Dutch army
August 30: Isoroku Yamamoto appointed supreme commander of Japanese fleet
August 30: New York Yankee Atley Donald pitches a baseball a record 94.7 mph (152 kph)
August 30: Poland mobilizes
August 31: Japanese invasion army driven out of Mongolia
August 31: Staged "Polish" assault on radio station in Gleiwitz


September 1: Hitler orders extermination of mentally ill
September 1: Last day of 1st-class cricket in England for 6 years
September 1: Physical Review publishes 1st paper to deal with "black holes"
September 1: Switzerland proclaims neutrality
September 1: WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig
September 3: Britain declares war on Germany. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada
September 3: German U-boat sinks British passenger ship Athenia
September 3: Great Britain and France declare war on Germany after invasion of Poland
September 3: Yankees beat Red Sox on a forfeit, their 4th forfeit win
September 4: Dutch 2nd Chamber affirms Netherlands in a State of War
September 4: German submarine U-30 sinks British passenger ship Athenia
September 4: German troops move into Danzig
September 4: Netherlands and Belgium declare neutrality
September 4: Polish ghetto of Mir is exterminated
September 4: RAF bombs Wilhelmshafen
September 5: 34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (3-2)
September 5: Franklin D. Roosevelt declares U.S. neutrality at start of WW II in Europe
September 6: 1st German air attack on Great Britain in WW II
September 6: South Africa declares war on nazi-Germany
September 7: Radio New York Worldwide-WRUL begins radio transmission
September 8: Franklin D. Roosevelt declares "limited national emergency" due to war in Europe
September 8: General Von Reichenaus pantzer division reaches suburbs of Warsaw
September 8: Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games
September 8: Yankees beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning
September 9: Nazi army reaches Warsaw
September 10: Canada declares war on Germany
September 10: In WW II, Canada declared war on Germany
September 11: Battle of Kutno-pocket: Germans advance to Warsaw
September 11: British submarine Triton torpedoes British submarine Oxley
September 11: Iraq and Saudi Arabia declare war on nazi-Germany
September 14: British fleet attacks German U-39 boat
September 14: Minister Winston Churchill visits Scapa Flow
September 16: 53rd U.S. Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs (60 810 64)
September 16: 59th U.S. Mens Tennis: Robert L Riggs beats S Welby van Horn (64 62 64)
September 16: New York Yankees clinch their 11th and 4th successive pennant
September 17: German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die
September 17: Poland's president Moscicki and Prime Minister Slawoj-Skladkowski flee to Romania
September 17: Russia invades Eastern Poland, takes 217,000 Poles prisoner
September 17: Soviet Union invades Poland during WW II
September 18: Polish government of Moscicki flees to Romania
September 19: British Expeditionary Force reaches France
September 19: Lord Haw-Haw becomes radio host of Reichsrundfunk Berlin
September 19: Wehrmacht (German regular army) murders 100 Jews in Lukov Poland
September 20: British fleet takes German U-27 boat
September 20: Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
September 21: Reinhard Heydrich meets in Berlin to discuss final solution of Jews
September 23: Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits and beat Phillies 22-4
September 25: German Luftwaffe strikes Warsaw with (fire)bombs
September 25: Versailles Peace Treaty forgot to include Andorra, so Andorra and Germany finally sign an official treaty ending WW I
September 26: German seaplane shoots KLM-aircraft (1 killed)
September 27: Warsaw Poland, surrenders to Germans after 19 days of resistance
September 27: White Sox host 1st "day-night" doubleheader, lose to Cleveland, 5-2 and 7-5
September 28: Estonia accepts Soviet military bases
September 28: Final broadcast of The Fleischmann Hour was heard on radio
September 28: Soviet-German treaty agree on 4th partition of Poland (WW II) and gives Lithuania to U.S.S.R., last Polish troops surrender
September 30: 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at New York City)
September 30: 41 U-boats sunk this month (153,000 ton)
September 30: Germany and Russia agree to partition Poland
September 30: White Sox reliever Clint Brown sets record of 61st relief appearance


October 1: Churchill calls Soviets "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"
October 2: Birdbaths installed in Union Square, SF
October 3: Lemmer-Urk Dike closes
October 4: Last Polish troops surrender
October 6: Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France and Britain
October 6: Hitler announces plans to regulate Jewish problem
October 8: Germany annexes Western Poland
October 8: New York Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
October 11: Albert Einstein informs Franklin D. Roosevelt of possibilities of atomic bomb
October 11: Bucky Harris signs to manage Washington again
October 11: Gertrude Lawrence's "Skylark," premieres in New York City
October 11: NAACP organized Legal Defense and Education Fund
October 14: BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) formed
October 14: German U-47 sinks British battleship HMS Royal Oak, 833 killed
October 14: Sugar rationed in Netherlands
October 15: LaGuardia Airport opens in New York City
October 15: Yeshiva of Mir closes after 124 years
October 16: Sugar rationing begins in Netherlands
October 18: R Rodgers and Lorenz Harts "Too Many Girls," premieres in New York City
October 19: Goering begins plunder through Nazi's occupied areas
October 20: "All the Things You Are" recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
October 20: Pope Pius XII publishes his 1st encyclical Summi pontificatus
October 22: 1st TV NFL game-Eagles vs Dodgers
October 24: Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"
October 24: Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up
October 24: Nazi require wearing of star of David
October 24: Nylon stockings go on sale for 1st time (Wilmington Delaware)
October 25: George Kaufman/Moss Hart's "Man Who Came to Dinner," premieres in New York City
October 25: Nylon stockings go on sale in U.S. for 1st time
October 25: William Saroyan's "Time of Your Life," premieres in New York City
October 26: Polish Jewish forced into obligatory work service
October 28: Anti-German demonstrations/strikes in Czechoslovakia
October 28: Spitfire shoots German Heinkel-111 down above Scotland
October 29: Golden Gate International Exposition closes (1st closure)
October 29: NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3
October 30: German U boat fails on attack of English battleship Nelson with Winston Churchill, Dudley Pound and Charles Forbes aboard
October 30: U.S.S.R. and Germany agree on partitioning Poland, Hitler deports Jews
October 31: 27 U boats sunk this month (135,000 ton)


November 1: 1st animal conceived by artificial insemination (rabbit) displayed
November 1: 1st jet plane, Heinkel He 178, demonstrated to German Air Ministry
November 1: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sertum laetitiae
November 3: Clare Booth's "Margin for Error," premieres in New York City
November 4: 1st air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Ill
November 4: U.S. allows "cash and carry" arms sales during WW II
November 6: WGY-TV (Schenectady, New York), 1st coml TV station, begins service
November 6: WRGB TV channel 6 in Schenectady-Alby-Troy, New York (CBS) 1st broadcast
November 8: Failed assassination attempt on Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich
November 8: H Lindsay and R Crouse' "Life with Father," premieres in New York City
November 9: "Ninotchka," with Greta Garbo premieres
November 9: Nobel for physics awarded to Ernest Lawrence for the cyclotron
November 9: Venlo-incident: German Abwehr kills 2 English agents
November 11: Kate Smith 1st sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"
November 12: Jews in Lodz Poland ordered to wear yellow star of David
November 14: Oil refinery fire kills 500 and destroys Lagunillas, Venezuela
November 15: Anti-German demonstrations in Czechoslovakia
November 15: Franklin D. Roosevelt lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
November 15: Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews
November 15: Social Security Administration approves 1st unemployment check
November 16: Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail
November 16: German U-boat torpedoes tanker Sliedrecht near Ireland
November 17: German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
November 17: Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May," premieres in New York City
November 18: Netherlands KNSM passenger ship Simon Bolivar hits German mine, 86 die
November 19: Don Lash wins 6th straight AAU cross-country 10K championship
November 23: Nazi Governor of Poland Hans Frank requires Jews to wear a blue star
November 26: 4 soviet soldiers killed on Finnish-Russian border
November 27: Maxwell Anderson's "Key Largo," premieres in New York City
November 28: Nazi Governor-General of Poland, Hans Frank organizes Judenrat
November 28: Soviet government revokes Russian-Finnish non-attack treaty
November 29: Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)
November 29: U.S.S.R. drops diplomatic relations with Finland
November 30: 21 U boats sunk this month (52,000 ton)
November 30: Paul Osborn's "Mornings at 7," premieres in New York City
November 30: U.S.S.R. invades Finland, bombs Helsinki


December 1: SS-Fuhrer Himmler begins deportation of Polish Jews
December 2: British Imperial Airways and British Airways merge to form BOAC
December 2: NY's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
December 3: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj's 6th Symphony, premieres
December 6: 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
December 6: Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry was a Lady," premieres in New York City
December 7: Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
December 7: William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland
December 9: 27th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
December 9: Russian air raid on Helsinki
December 10: Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat New York Giants 27-0
December 10: KNVB celebrates 50th anniversary
December 11: New anti Jewish measurements in Poland, proclaimed
December 12: Russian Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die
December 13: Battle at La Plata - 3 British cruisers vs German Graf Spee
December 14: Soviet Union attacks Finland-League of Nations drops Soviet Union
December 15: 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware
December 15: "Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta
December 15: Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo/Curacao
December 16: Bradman scores 251* SA vs. NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes
December 17: German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay
December 18: Finnish army recaptures Aglajarvi
December 19: Russian air and ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa
December 20: Radio Australia begins overseas shortwave service
December 21: Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B"
December 22: 125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg Germany
December 22: 99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany
December 22: Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 vs. Queensland
December 22: Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo
December 23: Finnish counter offensive at Summa
December 23: South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland
December 25: Grimmett and Ward rip through Qld except Bill Brown (156)
December 25: Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer
December 26: Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey
December 26: Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels
December 27: 1st American skimobiles, North Conway, New Hampshire
December 27: Between 20,000 and 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake (Erzincam Turkey)
December 27: Earthquake in Turkey, about 50,000 die
December 30: Bradman scores 267 SA vs. Vic, world record 34th double cricket century
December 30: O'Reilly takes 14-45 (8-23 and 6-22) as NSW crush Qld in 2 days
December 31: 25 U boats sunk this month (81,000 ton)
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