December 1938 calendar

December 1938

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1938.
The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Neville Chamberlain (Conservative), Pope Pius XI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1938: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1938?


  • 01 Dec 1938 School bus and train collide in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  • 06 Dec 1938 117 Spanish knights under Captain Piet Laros return to the Netherlands
  • 07 Dec 1938 W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch by radio.
  • 08 Dec 1938 Highest temperature for December in US recorded in La Mesa, California.
  • 10 Dec 1938 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Zen teacher, Rinzai line, enters Zen priesthood.
  • 11 Dec 1938 New York Giants win NFL championship.
  • 13 Dec 1938 The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opens in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany.
  • 14 Dec 1938 Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as American League (baseball) president.
  • 15 Dec 1938 Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC.
  • 16 Dec 1938 Adolf Hitler institutes the Cross of Honor of the German Mother
  • 17 Dec 1938 Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire
  • 20 Dec 1938 Vladimir K Zworykin (Pennsylvania, USA) receives patent on the Iconoscope TV system.
  • 23 Dec 1938 Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
  • 27 Dec 1938 A massive avalanche of snow hits a construction worker dormitory site in Kurobe, Japan, killing 87.
  • 29 Dec 1938 Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, in Seattle, Washington, begins.
  • 30 Dec 1938 Electronic television system patented
  • 31 Dec 1938 The 8th International Conference of American States issues the Declaration of Lima, that the American countries agree to stand united against any threat.
  • 03 Dec 1938 Nazi Germany issues the Decree on the Utilization of Jewish Property forcing Jews to sell real property, businesses, and stocks at below market value as part of Aryanization.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1938?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - The Umbrella Man
  2. - Jeepers Creepers
  3. - Hurry Home
  4. - This Can't Be Love
  5. - You're A Sweet Little Headache


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?