What Happened in August 1937

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal
  • Aug 5 Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America's Cup
  • Aug 6 Franco's artillery fires on Madrid
  • Aug 6 Indians overturn Yankees' 7-6 win by a protest
  • Aug 6 US & USSR sign trade treaty
  • Aug 8 Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power
  • Aug 10 5th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 11 "The Life of Emile Zola" directed by William Dieterle and starring Paul Muni premieres in New York (Best Picture 1938)
  • 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
  • Aug 14 China declares war on Japan
  • Aug 14 Detroit Tigers score 36 runs in double header vs St Louis Browns
  • Aug 18 1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J (WGTR) in Boston MA)
  • Aug 24 Republican offensive near Belchite, Spain
  • Aug 24 In the Spanish Civil War, the Basque Army surrenders to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the SantoƱa Agreement.
  • Aug 25 Japanese fleet blockades Chinese coast
  • Aug 26 Franco's troops conquer Santander
  • Aug 26 Pumping to build Treasure Island in SF Bay is finished
  • Aug 27 Brooklyn Dodger Fred Frankhouse no-hits Cin, 5-0 in 7 2/3 inn game
  • Aug 27 George E T Eyston sets world auto speed record at 345.49 MPH
  • Aug 28 Toyota Motors becomes an independent company.
  • Aug 29 Philadelphia A's Bob Johnson is 2nd to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 30 Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Aug 31 Det's rookie Rudy York sets record for HRs of 18 HRs in August

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Alfonse M D'Amato, (Sen-R-NY 1981- ), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 2 Garth Hudson, Canada, pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival)
  • Aug 2 Ronald Brierley, company chairman
  • Aug 2 William Cannon, football player (Heisman-1959)
  • Aug 3 Duncan Sharpe, cricketer (3 Tests for Pakistan 1959-60)
  • Aug 3 Steven Berkoff, English actor
  • Aug 3 Diane Wakoski, Whittier, California, American poet (Motorcycle Betrayal)
  • Aug 4 David Vickerman Bedford, composer
  • Aug 4 Jacobus H "Koos" van de Merwe, South African attorney/CP parliament leader

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 5 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic Gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • Aug 5 Alan Howard, theatre and film actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), born in London, UK (d. 2015)
  • Aug 6 Barbara Windsor, actress (Study in Terror)
  • Aug 6 Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist (d. 2000)
  • Aug 6 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, born in Harlem, New York
  • Aug 7 Don Wilson, cricketer (England slow left-armer between 1963-71)

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Aug 8 Dustin Hoffman, American actor (Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Aug 8 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer
  • Aug 10 Lucinda Williams, US sprinter (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Aug 10 Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician
  • Aug 11 Allegra Kent, US actress (Addams Family)
  • Aug 11 Anna Massey, actress (De Sade, Doll's House)
  • Aug 11 Taki Theodoracopoulos, Greek/British journalist/multi-millionaire
  • Aug 12 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, (d. 2014)
  • Aug 14 Brian Fenelly, composer
  • Aug 14 Brian Curvis, Swansea, Wales, boxer, British welterweight champion (1960-1964), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 15 Ronnie G Flippo, (Rep-D-NY, 1977- )
  • Aug 16 David Behrman, composer
  • Aug 16 Lorraine Gary, actress (Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 4), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Andrew J[efferson V] Offutt, US, sci-fi author (Undying Wizard)
  • Aug 16 David Anderson, Canadian politician
  • Aug 17 Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Illyin, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Aug 18 William George Rushton, actor/author/cartoonist (TW3), born in London, England
  • Aug 20 Corrie E Moret-de Jong, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Aug 20 George Thoma, German FR, cross country ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Aug 20 Jim "Bullseye" Bowen, British TV game show host and comedian
  • Aug 20 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Aug 22 Donald MacLeary, dancer
  • Aug 22 Max Hebditch, director (Museum of London)
  • Aug 24 Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Nigerian politician (d. 1998)
  • Aug 26 Tom Heinsohn, NBA star/coach (Boston Celtic)
  • Aug 27 Alice Coltrane, jazz musician
  • Aug 27 Mark Potter, British court judge
  • Aug 27 Phil Shulmon, rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • Aug 27 Tommy Sands, singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 28 12th duke of Argyll, Scottish Campbell-captain/large landowner
  • Aug 29 James J Florio, (Rep-D-NJ, 1975-90/Gov-D-NJ, 1990-94)
  • Aug 30 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team (d. 1970)
  • Aug 31 Guido de Moor, Dutch actor (Apart, Because the Cats)
  • Aug 31 Warren Berlinger, Bkln, actor (Larry-Joey Bishop Shop, Take Two)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Annie E F Horniman, England, theater owner (Abbey Theatre), dies at 76
  • Aug 6 Ferdinand CS Schiller, British philosopher (Mind!), dies at 72
  • Aug 11 Bakr Sidqi, general/dictator of Iraq, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 11 Edith Wharton [-Jones], US Pulitzer prize-winning author (House of Mirth), dies at 75

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton
  • Aug 13 Arthur Plunkett, English civil engineer (b. 1890)
  • Aug 14 Sapper, British soldier/novelist (Bull-Dog Drummond), dies at 48
  • Aug 22 David C Salas, Antillian writer (Josephina), dies
  • Aug 23 Albert Charles Paul Marie Roussel, composer, dies at 68

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Aug 26 Andrew W. Mellon, American banker, industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), dies at 82

Banker, Industrialist and Secretary of the US Treasury Andrew W. Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and Secretary of the US Treasury
Andrew W. Mellon
  • Aug 27 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), dies at 63