What Happened in September 1938

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Benito Mussolini cancels civil rights of Italian Jews

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Sep 3 1940 Olympic site changed from Tokyo Japan to Helsinki Finland
  • Sep 4 Vainio Muinonen wins 2nd European marathoner (2:37:28.8)
  • Sep 6 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands celebrates 40th anniversary

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Adolf Hitler demands self-determination for Sudeten Germans in Czech

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Sep 13 Alexander Cartwright selects to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Sep 14 Graf Zeppelin II, world's largest airship, makes maiden flight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 British PM Chamberlain visits Hitler at Berchtesgarden

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Sep 15 John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 350.2 MPH (lasts 1 day)
  • Sep 15 Only time brothers hit back-to-back HRs (Lloyd & Paul Waner, Pitts)
  • Sep 16 George E T Eyston sets world auto speed record at 357.5 MPH
  • Sep 17 British premier Neville Chamberlain leaves Munich
  • Sep 18 Chicago Bears beat Green Bay Packers 2-0
  • Sep 18 Despite losing a double header, Yanks clinch pennant #10
  • Sep 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres
  • Sep 20 Emlyn Williams' "Corn is Green," premieres in London
  • Sep 21 Hurricane (183 MPH winds) in New England kills 700

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 Winston Churchill condemns Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Sep 21 The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.
  • Sep 23 British premier Neville Chamberlain flies to Munich
  • Sep 23 Time capsule, to be opened in 6939, buried at World's Fair in NYC (capsule contained a woman's hat, man's pipe & 1,100' of microfilm)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 Alice Marble wins her 2nd singles US tennis title

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Sep 24 58th U.S. Men's National Championship: Don Budge beats Gene Mako (6-3, 6-8, 6-2, 6-1) and becomes 1st tennis player to win a grand slam
  • Sep 24 52nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-0, 6-3)
  • Sep 26 Hitler issues ultimatum to Czech government, demanding Sudenten Land
  • Sep 27 British ocean liner "Queen Elizabeth" launches at Clydebank, Scotland
  • Sep 27 Jewish lawyers forbidden to practice in Germany
  • Sep 27 League of Nations declares Japan the aggressor against China
  • Sep 28 Clare Boothe's "Boys Goodbye" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 28 Dutch Premier Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"
  • Sep 28 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Sep 29 1st archival course is offered at Columbia University in NYC
  • Sep 30 Treaty of Munich signed by Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier and Chamberlain, forces Czechoslovakia to give territory to Germany

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Alan Dershowitz, attorney (Claus Von Bulow, OJ Simpson), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 2 Glyn Worsnip, broadcaster
  • Sep 3 Caryl Churchill, English playwright
  • Sep 3 Ryoji Noyori, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Sep 4 Leonard Frey, American actor (Best of West, Mr Smith), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 6 Alan Charles Downes, cameraman
  • Sep 6 Joan Tower, New Rochelle NY, composer (Breakfast Rhythms)
  • Sep 8 Sam Nunn, American politician (Sen-D-Georgia, 1972 - 1997)
  • Sep 8 Kenichi Horie, Japanese adventurer
  • Sep 9 Richard Sharpe, English rugby player
  • Sep 11 Charles Patrick, rocker (Monotones)
  • Sep 12 Judy Clay [Guions], soul and gospel singer, born in St Paul, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • Sep 12 Tatiana Troyanos, mezzo-soprano (Octavian-Der Rosenleavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 13 Judith Martin, author/journalist/columnist (Miss Manners)
  • Sep 15 Gaylord Perry, baseball player (1972 AL Cy Young winner)
  • Sep 15 Rafael H Osuna, tennis champ (US Open - 1963)
  • Sep 17 Alec Broers, master (Churchill College Cambridge)
  • Sep 17 Paul Benedict, Silver City NM, actor (Harry-Jeffersons)
  • Sep 19 Zygmunt Krauze, composer
  • Sep 20 Eric Gale, US funk guitarist (Blue Horizon)
  • Sep 20 George J Hochbrueckner, (Rep-D-NY)
  • Sep 20 Jane Manning, English soprano, born in Norwich
  • Sep 20 Pia Lindstrom, critic (WNBC-TV)/journalist (From Russia With Love)
  • Sep 20 Tom Tresh, NY Yankee (1962 AL Rookie of Year)
  • Sep 21 Atli Heimir Sveinsson, composer
  • Sep 21 Yuji Takahashi, composer
  • Sep 22 Gene Mingo, American football player
  • Sep 23 Clifford Ann Creed, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 23 Romy Schneider, actress (Bloodline, Death Watch), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Sep 23 Tom Lester, American actor
  • Sep 26 Andrei Lukanov, politician
  • Sep 26 Michael V Love, US test pilot (X-24)
  • Sep 27 Alexander Graham, Lord Mayor of London
  • Sep 28 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), born in Henderson, North Carolina
  • Sep 29 Henry Keswick, British businessman (CEO-Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd)
  • Sep 29 Mike McCormick, MLB Pitcher (SF Giants, Cy Young 1967)
  • Sep 29 Wim Kok, NVV/FNV-chairman/Dutch soc-dem party-premier (1994- )
  • Sep 30 Salvatore Michael Caruana, Mass, criminal (FBI Most Wanted List)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 30 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) divorces pianist Lil Armstrong (40) after more than 14 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Bart de Ligt, anti military theologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 4 Clifford Dempsey, actor (Salute), dies at 73
  • Sep 6 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (b. 1907)
  • Sep 13 Samuel Alexander, Engl philosopher (Space, time & deity), dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 15 Thomas Wolfe, US writer (Enigma), dies at 37

Novelist Thomas Wolfe
Thomas Wolfe
  • Sep 17 Bruno JasieĊ„ski, Polish poet (b. 1901)
  • Sep 19 Pauline Frederick, American actress (b. 1883)
  • Sep 21 Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic Croatian writer (b. 1874)
  • Sep 24 Lev Schnirelmann, Russian mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Sep 28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, dies at 48
  • Sep 28 Charles Duryea, American inventor (first American car), dies at 76
  • Sep 28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, born in New York City (d. 1938)