What Happened in April 1938

Historical Events


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1st Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 4th 5th Masters Golf Tournament: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285
  • 5th Anti-Jewish riots break out in Dabrowa Poland
  • 6th Teflon invented by Roy J. Plunkett
  • 10th 2nd government of Blum replaced by Daladier government in France
  • 10th Austria becomes a state of Germany
  • 10th NY makes syphilis test mandatory in order to get a marriage license
  • 12th 1st US law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses (NY)
  • 12th Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • 13th Clifford Goldsmith' "What a Life" premieres in NYC
  • 16th Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
  • 18th Headless Mad Butcher victim found in Cleveland
  • 19th 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:35:34.8
  • 19th Phil Emmett Mueller & Dodger Ernie Koy both homer in their 1st at bat
  • 23rd Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand self government
  • 24th Lindenheuvel soccer team forms
  • 26th Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

30th Bradman scores 258 Aust v Worcs, 293 mins, 33 fours 1 five

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 30th The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st John Quade, American actor
  • 2nd John Larsson, 17th General of The Salvation Army
  • 2nd Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse, 1941 Triple Crown Winner (d. 1953)
  • 3rd Jeff Barry, American rock writer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 3rd Philippe Wynne, US soul singer (Detroit Spinners)
  • 4th A Bartlett Giamatti, pres of Yale/baseball commish (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4th Michael Parks, Corona California, actor (Then Came Bronson)
  • 4th Peter Attenborough, British headmaster (Charterhouse)
  • 5th Colin Bland, cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field)
  • 5th Ronald Anthony White Jr, singer
  • 5th Nancy Holt, Worcester Massachusetts, American artist (land art)
  • 6th Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), born in South Bank, Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 6th Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 7th Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 7th Yvonne Lime, actress (Father Knows Best, Dobie Gillis), born in Glendale, California

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7th Jerry Brown, Governor of California (D-1975-83, 2011-), born in San Francisco, California

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • 8th Barton Keith McLean, composer
  • 8th Lory Patrick, Beckley WV, actress (Trina-Tales of Welles Fargo)
  • 8th Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
  • 9th Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian politician
  • 10th Don Meredith, Mount Vernon Texas, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football
  • 11th Michael Deaver, politician/influence peddler (S&L scandal)
  • 11th Kurt Moll, German bass
  • 13th Frederic Rzewski, Westfield Mass, composer (Spacecraft)
  • 13th John Weston, diplomat
  • 14th Gloria Dean Randle Scott, educator/pres (Beaumont College)
  • 15th Carles Marsden, professor (neurology)
  • 15th Hso Khan Pha, Burmese politician
  • 15th Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-born actress (The Pink Panther)
  • 16th Michael Hirst, chief constable (Leicestershire England)
  • 16th Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician
  • 16th Rich Rollins, American baseballer
  • 17th David Dilks, vice-chancellor (Hull U)
  • 17th K M P O'Brien, archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh)
  • 17th Ben Barnes, American politician
  • 17th Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism
  • 18th Andreas J "Cat" Liebenberg, supreme commander (S Afr army)
  • 19th Jonathan Tunick, composer
  • 20th Bernard Malivoire, France, cox pair (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 20th Betty Cuthbert, Australia 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic-gold-1956, 64)
  • 20th Johnny Tillotson, singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 22nd Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), born in London, UK
  • 22nd Adam Raphael, English journalist and author
  • 23rd Leonard Ernest John Chant, social worker
  • 23rd Russell Hillhouse, under-sect Scottish Office
  • 23rd Steven D Symms, (Sen-R-ID, 1981- )
  • 25th Ton Schulten, Dutch artist
  • 25th Roger Boisjoly, Lowell, Massachusetts, aerodynamicist (anticipated challenger disaster), (d. 2012)
  • 26th Duane Eddy, Phoenix, Az, country singer (Peter Gunn, Cannonball)
  • 26th Maurice Williams, American rocker (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 26th Willie Wood, bowler
  • 27th Earl Anthony, bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3)
  • 28th Beverly F Albert, architect
  • 28th Madge Sinclair, actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 28th Fred Dibnah, English television personality (d. 2004)
  • 29th Klaus Voormann, German musician, artist, and record producer
  • 30th Gary Collins, Venice California, actor (6th Sense, Home Show), (d. 2012)
  • 30th Larry [Van Cott] Niven, US, sci-fi author (5 Hugo, Neutron Star)
  • 30th Juraj Jakubisko, Slovak film director

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

10th NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 28th King Zog of Albania marries Countess Geraldine of Hungary

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Alice Berend, writer, dies
  • 4th Cyril Christiani, cricket wicket keep (WI 1935), dies of malaria at 24
  • 8th Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for S Af), dies
  • 10th Nana Annor Adjaye, Pan-Africanist, dies in W Nzima Ghana
  • 10th Joe "King" Oliver, American musician (b. 1885)
  • 12th Feodor Chaliapine, Russian author (Man & Mark), dies at 65
  • 13th Archibald Belaney, Canadian conservationist (b. 1888)
  • 15th Caesar Vallejo, Peru/French poet (Trilce, Russia & 1931), dies at 46
  • 16th Bertram Wagstaff Mills, circus proprietor, dies
  • 16th Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • 18th Richard Runciman Terry, musicologist, dies
  • 19th Henry John Newbolt, poet/author (Studies Green & Gray), dies at 75
  • 21st Muhammad Iqbal, Brt E Indies lawyer/Pakistan national hero, dies at 65
  • 21st Allama Iqbal, Indian philosopher and poet (b. 1877)
  • 24th George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (b. 1863)
  • 26th Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (study of phenomenon), dies at 79
  • 27th Edmond Rubbens, Belgian minister to Colonies, dies at 44