January 1 - Anastasio Somoza becomes President of Nicaragua.
January 11 -*Birthday of Tony Stott the world war II war hero The first issue of Look
magazine goes on sale in the United States.
January 19 - Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New
York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
January 23 - In Moscow, 17 leading Communists go on trial accused of participating in
a plot led by Leon Trotsky to overthrow Joseph Stalin's regime and assassinate its leaders.
February 5 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes a plan to enlarge the Supreme
Court of the United States.
February 11 - A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognises the United
Automobile Workers Union.
February 16 - Wallace H. Carothers receives a patent for nylon.
March 18 - A natural gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas kills 298 (most
March 26 - In Crystal City, Texas spinach growers erect a statue of the cartoon
April 1 - Aden becomes a British crown colony.
April 26 - Spanish Civil War: Guernica, Spain is bombed by German Luftwaffe.
May 6 - In United States, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flame when
mooring to a mast in Lakehurst.
May 7 - Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion Fighter Group, equipped
with Heinkel He-51 biplanes arrive in Spain to assist Francisco Franco's forces.
May - Dáil Éireann passes the Executive Authority (Consequential Provisions) Act,
1937 which retrospectively abolished the office of Governor-General of the Irish Free
State. The abolition was retrospectively dated back to December 1936.
May 12 - Coronation of King George VI.
May 27 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic creating a
vital link between San Francisco and Marin County. The next day, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt pushes a button in Washington, DC signaling the start of vehicle traffic
over the Bridge.
June 8 - First total solar eclipse to exceed 7 minutes of totality in over 800 years;
visible in the Pacific and Peru.
July 1 - In a referendum the people of the Irish Free State accept the new
Constitution by 685,105 votes to 527,945.
July 5 - Highest recorded temperature in Canada, at Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan: 45 °C.
July 7 - Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Lugou Bridge - Japanese forces invade China.
June/July - Dáil Éireann debates and passes the draft new constitution of Éire,
to be called Bunreacht na hÉireann. The new constitution is then submitted for
public approval by plebiscite.
July 22 - New Deal: The United States Senate votes down President Franklin D. Roosevelt's
proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court of the United States.
July 24 - Alabama drops rape charges against the so-called "Scottsboro Boys."
November 5 - World War II: In the Reich Chancellery, Adolf Hitler holds a secret meeting
and states his plans for acquiring "living space" for the German people.
December - The Marijuana Tax Act is signed, killing the US hemp industry just as it was
about to benefit from a mechanised brake and compete with cotton and wood pulp.
December 3 - The Dandy, the world's longest running comic, was first published.
December 12 - Panay incident.
December 13 - Battle of Nanjing ended as the Japanese took the city and began 3
months of atrocities.
December 29 - New Irish Constitution, Bunreacht na hÉireann comes into force.
The Irish Free State becomes Éire. Eamon de Valera becomes the first Taoiseach
(prime minister) of the new state. A Presidential Commission (made up the Irish Chief
Justice, the Speaker of Dáil Éireann and the President of the High Court) assumes
the powers of the new presidency of Ireland pending the election of the first president
in June 1938.
Japan invades Manchuria. (Some consider this the start of World War II. Most
1937 in film
The Life of Emile Zola.
A Star Is Born.
Snow White, first feature-length animated movie.
1937 in sports
January 1 - The first Cotton Bowl game is played in Dallas, Texas
1937 in television.
May - Gilbert Seldes becomes the first television critic, with his Atlantic Monthly
article, the "Errors of Television".
May 15 - RCA demonstrates projection television, with images enlarged to 8
by 10 feet, at the Institute of Radio Engineers convention.
CBS announces their efforts to develop television broadcasts.Births
January 1 - Aaltje (Atie) Eikelenboom
January 4 - Dyan Cannon
January 8 - Shirley Bassey
January 8 - Bob Eubanks
, game show host.
January 15 - Margaret O'Brien
January 17 - Troy Donahue
January 18 - John Hume
, politician, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998.
January 30 - Vanessa Redgrave
January 30 - Boris Spassky
, chess grand master.
January 31 - Suzanne Pleshette
January 31 - Philip Glass
February 1 - Garrett Morris
February 1 - Don Everly
February 2 - Tom Smothers
, musician, comedian, half of the Smothers Brothers.
February 8 - Manfred Krug
February 10 - Cornelis (Cees) de Bakker
February 11 - Bill Lawry
, Australian cricket player.
February 11 - Lodewijk Boer
, Dutch violinist/playwright.
February 11 - Marilyn Butler
, Rector of Exeter College, Oxford University.
February 11 - Peter Lashley
, West Indies cricket player.
February 12 - Charles Dumas
, American high jumper.
February 17 - Rita Süssmuth
February 20 - Nancy Wilson
February 20 - Roger Penske
, automobile racer.
February 21 - Harald V
, King of Norway (1991 - ).
February 25 - Tom Courtenay
March 6 - Valentina Tereshkova
March 9 - Mickey Gilly
, country music performer.
March 14 - Adriana Marina van den Houten
March 17 - Johanna Cornelia van den Houten
March 20 - Jerry Reed
, country musician.
March 30 - Warren Beatty
April 5 - Colin Powell
, US Secretary of State.
April 6 - Merle Haggard
, country musician.
April 6 - Billy Dee Williams
April 22 - Jack Nicholson
April 28 - Saddam Hussein
, former President of Iraq.
May 8 - Thomas Pynchon
May 6 - Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter
May 12 - George Carlin
May 13 - Roch Carrier
, Canadian author of fiction.
May 13 - Roger Zelazny
, science fiction author (d. 1995).
May 15 - Trini López
May 15 - Madeleine Albright
, U.S. Secretary of State.
May 17 - Hazel R. O'Leary
, United States Secretary of Energy.
May 18 - Brooks Robinson
, Baseball Hall of Famer.
May 18 - Jacques Santer
June 18 - Vitali Zholobov
July 6 - Vladimir Ashkenazy
July 9 - David Hockney
July 12 - Lionel Jospin
, Prime Minister of France.
August 4 - David Bedford
August 8 - Dustin Hoffman
, American actor.
August 18 - Robert Redford
, American actor.
September 4 - Dawn Fraser
, Australian swimmer.
September 20 - Jacob van Dam
September 28 - Rod Roddy
, television announcer (d. 2003).
October 9 - Hendrik van den Houten
October 10 - Bobby Charlton
, English footballer.
November 17 - Peter Cook
, comedian, satirist and writer.
November 26 - Boris Yegorov
December 3 - Bobby Allison
, NASCAR driver.
December 8 - Arne Næss Jr
., Norwegian mountaineer, businessman (d. 2004).
December 13 - Johannes van den Houten
December 29 - Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
, President of the Maldives.Peter Tuinder
January 6 - Brother Andre
, Canadian religious figure.
January 23 - Marie Prevost
January 29 - Jan Jonker
February 11 - Walter Burley Griffin
, architect and town planner.
March 12 - Charles-Marie Widor
, organist and composer.
March 15 - H. P. Lovecraft
, horror writer.
March 29 - Karol Szymanowski
April 19 - William Martin Conway
, British art critic and mountaineer.
May 2 - Leendert van den Houten
May 23 - John Davison Rockefeller
, American industrialist and philanthropist.
May 28 - Alfred Adler
June 19 - J. M. Barrie
, novelist and dramatist.
July 9 - Oliver Law
, first African American commander of American troops,
killed in battle during the Spanish Civil War.
July 11 - George Gershwin
, composer (b. 1898).
August 11 - Edith Wharton
September 2 - Pierre de Coubertin
, French founder of the modern Olympic Games.
September 11 - Jan Willem Vlierboom
September 26 - Bessie Smith
, blues singer.
September 29 - Ray Ewry
, American athlete.
November 27 - Jan Willem van den Houten
November 28 - Marinus van Oeveren
December 24 - Thona van den Houten
, italian inventor, "the father of radio".To my Homepage