What Happened in January 1937

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Anastasio Somoza García becomes President of Nicaragua
  • Jan 1 Count Claus von Stauffenberg promoted to captain
  • Jan 1 US Army Air Corps physiological research laboratory completed, Ohio
  • Jan 1 Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain.
  • Jan 1 23rd Rose Bowl: #3 Pittsburgh beats #5 Washington, 21-0
  • Jan 1 3rd Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 21-14
  • Jan 1 3rd Orange Bowl: #14 Duquesne beats Mississippi State, 13-12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Fingleton & Bradman make record stand of 346 for 6th wkt

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 5 Only unicameral state legislature in US opens 1st session in Nebraska
  • Jan 6 Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles
  • Jan 8 -50°F (-45.6°C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record)
  • Jan 9 Italian regime bans marriages between Italians & Abyssinians
  • Jan 9 Maxwell Anderson's "High Tor" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 12 Plough for laying submarine cable patented
  • Jan 15 Spanish Civil War: Second Battle of the Corunna Road ends after both forces withdraw

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Jan 19 Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h28m25s)
  • Jan 20 -45°F (-43°C), Boca, California (state record)
  • Jan 20 1st US Presidential Inauguration day held on Jan 20th, (previously March 4th)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 Karl Radek & 16 others go on trial in Stalin's great purge

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Jan 25 1st broadcast of "Guiding Light" on NBC radio
  • Jan 25 Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13
  • Jan 30 2nd of Stalin's purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death
  • Jan 30 30th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Emily Hood Westacott (6-3, 5-7, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 30th Men's Australian Championships: Vivian McGrath beats John Bromwich (6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 2-6, 6-1)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995)
  • Jan 2 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • Jan 3 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 4 Dyan Cannon, Mrs Cary Grant/actress (Heaven Can Wait), born in Tacoma, Washington

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 4 Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • Jan 4 R Surendranath, cricketer (Indian pace bowler in 11 Tests early 60s)
  • Jan 6 Doris Troy, [Payne], US soul singer/songwriter (Just One Kiss)
  • Jan 6 Lou Holtz, US, football coach (NJ Jets)
  • Jan 6 Paolo Conte, Italian singer
  • Jan 8 Robert Moran, composer
  • Jan 8 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
  • Jan 9 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2001)
  • Jan 10 Thomas Penfield Jackson, American judge
  • Jan 12 Liliana Cavani, Bologna Italy, director (Berlin Affair)
  • Jan 12 Marie Dubois, actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 12 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (d. 2002)
  • Jan 14 Billie Jo Spears, country singer
  • Jan 14 Ken Higgs, cricketer (effective England pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1965-68)
  • Jan 14 Erland Kops, Danish badminton player
  • Jan 14 Shoban Babu, Indian actor
  • Jan 15 Margaret O'Brien, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 16 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • Jan 16 Conny Vandenbos, Dutch singer (My rose, my little rose)
  • Jan 16 Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
  • Jan 16 Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 20 Dorothy Provine, Deadwood SD, actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat)
  • Jan 21 Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
  • Jan 22 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 22 Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan rebel leader
  • Jan 25 Don Maynard, NFL receiver (NY Jets), #13
  • Jan 25 Kathleen Tynan Halton, writer
  • Jan 25 Ange-Félix Patassé, President of the Central African Republic
  • Jan 26 Gerrit Gerritse, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jan 26 Joseph Saidu Momoh, gen/president (Sierra Leone)
  • Jan 26 S J B Langdale, Headmaster (Shrewsbury School)
  • Jan 27 John Ogdon, pianist/composer, born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 28 Ken Hill, playwright/director
  • Jan 29 Bobby Scott, jazz singer
  • Jan 30 Boris Spassky, USSR, world chess champion (1969-72)
  • Jan 30 Vanessa Redgrave, actress (Blow-Up, Julia, Orient Express), born in London, England
  • Jan 30 Ed Hansen, American film director and editor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 31 Philip Glass, minimal composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 31 Steve Karmen, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 31 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 31 Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
  • Jan 31 Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (d. 2007)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 2 Theoretical Physicist Paul Dirac (34) weds Margit Wigner

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat
Paul Dirac

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 27 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Ross Alexander, actor (Capt Blood, Boulder Dam), dies at 29
  • Jan 5 Marie Booth, child of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1864)
  • Jan 6 André Besette, Canadian religious figure (b. 1845)
  • Jan 8 John Felix August Korling, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 13 Walter Brearley, cricketer (17 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1905-12), dies
  • Jan 14 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist (b. 1889)
  • Jan 21 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (b. 1898)
  • Jan 23 Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (b. 1876)
  • Jan 28 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)