What Happened in April 1938

Historical Events


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 John Quade, American actor
  • Apr 2 John Larsson, 17th General of The Salvation Army
  • Apr 2 Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse, 1941 Triple Crown Winner (d. 1953)
  • Apr 3 Jeff Barry, American rock writer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 3 Philippe Wynne, US soul singer (Detroit Spinners)
  • Apr 4 A Bartlett Giamatti, President of Yale/baseball commish (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 4 Michael Parks, Corona California, actor (Then Came Bronson)
  • Apr 4 Peter Attenborough, British headmaster (Charterhouse)
  • Apr 5 Colin Bland, cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field)
  • Apr 5 Ronald Anthony White Jr, singer
  • Apr 5 Nancy Holt, Worcester Massachusetts, American artist (land art)
  • Apr 6 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), born in South Bank, Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • Apr 6 Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 6 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • Apr 7 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 7 Yvonne Lime, actress (Father Knows Best, Dobie Gillis), born in Glendale, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Apr 8 Barton Keith McLean, composer
  • Apr 8 Lory Patrick, Beckley WV, actress (Trina-Tales of Welles Fargo)
  • Apr 8 Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
  • Apr 8 Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), born in Comassie, Gold Coast
  • Apr 9 Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian politician
  • Apr 10 Don Meredith, Mount Vernon Texas, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football
  • Apr 11 Michael Deaver, politician/influence peddler (S&L scandal)
  • Apr 11 Kurt Moll, German bass
  • Apr 13 Frederic Rzewski, Westfield Mass, composer (Spacecraft)
  • Apr 13 John Weston, British diplomat, representative for NATO (1992-95) and UN (1995-98)
  • Apr 14 Gloria Dean Randle Scott, educator/pres (Beaumont College)
  • Apr 15 Carles Marsden, professor (neurology)
  • Apr 15 Hso Khan Pha, Burmese politician
  • Apr 15 Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-born actress (The Pink Panther)
  • Apr 16 Michael Hirst, chief constable (Leicestershire England)
  • Apr 16 Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician
  • Apr 16 Rich Rollins, American baseballer
  • Apr 17 David Dilks, vice-chancellor (Hull U)
  • Apr 17 K M P O'Brien, archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh)
  • Apr 17 Ben Barnes, American politician
  • Apr 17 Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism
  • Apr 18 Andreas J "Cat" Liebenberg, supreme commander (South African army)
  • Apr 19 Jonathan Tunick, composer
  • Apr 20 Bernard Malivoire, France, cox pair (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • Apr 20 Betty Cuthbert, Australia 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic-gold-1956, 64)
  • Apr 20 Johnny Tillotson, singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Apr 22 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), born in London, UK
  • Apr 22 Adam Raphael, English journalist and author
  • Apr 23 Leonard Ernest John Chant, social worker
  • Apr 23 Russell Hillhouse, under-sect Scottish Office
  • Apr 23 Steven D Symms, (Sen-R-ID, 1981- )
  • Apr 25 Ton Schulten, Dutch artist
  • Apr 25 Roger Boisjoly, Lowell, Massachusetts, aerodynamicist (anticipated challenger disaster), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 26 Duane Eddy, Phoenix, Az, country singer (Peter Gunn, Cannonball)
  • Apr 26 Maurice Williams, American rocker (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 26 Willie Wood, Scottish bowls player, born in Haddington, East Lothian
  • Apr 27 Earl Anthony, bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3)
  • Apr 28 Beverly F Albert, architect
  • Apr 28 Madge Sinclair, actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 28 Fred Dibnah, English television personality (d. 2004)
  • Apr 29 Klaus Voormann, German musician, artist, and record producer
  • Apr 30 Gary Collins, Venice California, actor (6th Sense, Home Show), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 30 Larry [Van Cott] Niven, US, sci-fi author (5 Hugo, Neutron Star)
  • Apr 30 Juraj Jakubisko, Slovak film director

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 10 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
  • Apr 28 King Zog of Albania marries Countess Geraldine of Hungary

Famous Deaths

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