- Feb 5 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, "Modern Times," released
- Apr 28 1st commercial flight across Pacific operated by Pan Am
- May 3 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"
- Jul 7 Japanese & Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning of Second Sino-Japanese War
- Jul 31 Politburo enables Operative Order 00447: execute 193,000 Russians
- Aug 2 Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal
- Aug 13 Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces begin the Battle of Shanghai, a conflict that will last 3 months and involve 1 million troops
- Nov 5 Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war
Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
On April 12, 1937