1939 in History
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)