What Happened in January 1938

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 24th Rose Bowl: #2 California beats #4 Alabama, 13-0
  • Jan 1 4th Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 6-0
  • Jan 1 4th Orange Bowl: Auburn beats Michigan State, 6-0
  • Jan 2 Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded
  • Jan 3 March of Dimes established to fight polio

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Jan 6 Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in Bronx

Explorer Henry Hudson
Explorer
Henry Hudson

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Jan 8 Bradman scores 107 for South Australia v Qld (1st innings)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 10 Eduard van Beinum becomes world's 1st conductor at Concert Hall
  • Jan 10 Jean Anouilh's "La Sauvage" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 10 Paul Vincent Carroll's "White Seed" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 11 Bradman scores a second innings 113 v Qld after a ton in the 1st
  • Jan 11 Frances Moulton elected 1st woman president of a US national bank
  • Jan 13 The Church of England accepts the theory of evolution.
  • Jan 14 National Society for Legalization of Euthanasia forms (NY)
  • Jan 14 Norway claims Queen Maud Land
  • Jan 16 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)
  • Jan 17 Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman

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Jan 17 Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy
  • Jan 18 Bradman scores 104* for South Australia v NSW at the SCG
  • Jan 18 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 19 General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines
  • Jan 21 Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance
  • Jan 22 "Our Town", Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winner of small-town life in Grover's Corners, NH, premieres (NJ)
  • Jan 25 Ian Hay's "Bachelor Born" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 31 31st Women's Australian Championships: Dorothy Bundy Cheney beats Dorothy Stevenson (6-3, 6-2)
  • Jan 31 31st Men's Australian Championships: Don Budge beats John Bromwich (6-4, 6-2, 6-1)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Bill Emerson, (Rep-R-MO, 1981- )
  • Jan 1 Frank Langella, Bayonne, New Jersey, American actor (Dracula, Frost/Nixon)
  • Jan 1 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d. 2005)
  • Jan 2 John Considine, actor (Reginald Love-Another World)
  • Jan 2 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), born in Glasgow (d. 2017)
  • Jan 2 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • Jan 4 Louis Krebs Graham, PGA golfer (1975 US Open), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 5 Edwin Elliason, Washington, US archer (Olympic-92)
  • Jan 5 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 5 Juan Carlos I, king of Spain (1975- )
  • Jan 5 Leo Avery, abbot of Quarr
  • Jan 5 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer star
  • Jan 5 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer
  • Jan 6 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor
  • Jan 6 Prof Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria
  • Jan 6 Mario Rodríguez Cobos "Silo", Argentine writer and spiritual leader
  • Jan 7 Jasperina de Jong, Dutch cabaret performer (Jan Rao en z'n Maat)
  • Jan 7 Paul Revere, American pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders), born in Harvard Nebraska, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 7 Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • Jan 8 Bob Eubanks, TV host (Newlywed Game), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jan 9 Aad Kosto, Dutch theologist/actor/asst secretary of Justice

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Jan 10 Frank Mahovlich, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Timmins, Ontario

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Jan 10 Ivan Twigden, English contractor/multi-millionaire (Twigden PLC)
  • Jan 10 Willie "Stretch" McCovey, 1st baseman (SF Giant #44)
  • Jan 10 Donald Knuth, American mathematician and computer scientist
  • Jan 11 Fischer S Black Jr, financial theorist
  • Jan 11 Michael Fenn, docker/socialist
  • Jan 11 Arthur Scargill, Socialist Labour Party (UK) leader
  • Jan 12 Lewis Fiander, Australian actor
  • Jan 13 Billy Gray, actor (Bud-Father Knows Best), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 13 Paavo Johannes Heininen, composer
  • Jan 13 William B. Davis, Canadian actor
  • Jan 13 Tord Grip, Swedish football manager
  • Jan 13 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 2015)
  • Jan 14 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Jan 14 Jack Jones, singer (Love Boat Theme), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 15 Chuni Goswami, Indian footballer and cricketer
  • Jan 16 Michael Pataki, actor (Get Christie Love), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Jan 16 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality
  • Jan 17 John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • Jan 18 Curt Flood, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • Jan 19 Denny Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1981- )
  • Jan 19 Eskil Hemberg, composer
  • Jan 19 Phil Everly, Brownie Ky, singer (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)
  • Jan 20 William Berger, Austrian actor (d. 1993)
  • Jan 21 Wolfman Jack, [Bob Smith], American DJ (Midnight Special), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 21 John Savident, British actor
  • Jan 22 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, born in Chicago (d. 2016)
  • Jan 22 Altair, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 23 Anatoly Marchenko, Siberia, Soviet dissident
  • Jan 23 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Jan 24 Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist
  • Jan 24 Gyula Torok, Hungary, Boxer (Oly Gold 1960), (d. 2014)
  • Jan 25 Betico Croes, Arubian politician (Status Aparte)
  • Jan 25 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer (Roll with Me, At Last), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Jan 25 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime
  • Jan 26 Margaret Daly, British MEP
  • Jan 27 Kim Gardner, rocker (Byrds)
  • Jan 27 Timothy Elworthy, Captain of The Queen's Flight
  • Jan 28 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • Jan 29 Bill Christian, US, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Jan 30 Marcel P A van Dam, Dutch politician/CEO (VARA Radio/TV)
  • Jan 30 Marlies van Alcmaer, [Smal], Dutch actress/director (Bridge too Far)
  • Jan 30 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), born in Samarkand (d. 2016)
  • Jan 31 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • Jan 31 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, queen of Netherlands (1980- )
  • Jan 31 James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
  • Jan 31 Daevid Allen, Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Arthur Boon, Flemish priest/philologist, dies at 54
  • Jan 8 Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy (b. 1880)
  • Jan 10 Willem de Vreese, Flemish linguist, dies at 68
  • Jan 12 Gösta Ekman (senior), Swedish actor (b. 1890)
  • Jan 17 William Pickering, American astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 George Melies, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • Jan 28 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • Jan 28 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies