What Happened in 1938 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 344

  • Aug 8 6th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 10 119°F (48°C), Pendleton, Oregon (state record)
  • Aug 14 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)
  • Aug 17 1st aircraft owned by US Forest Service in service (Oakland)
  • Aug 17 Henry Armstrong wins his 3rd concurrent boxing championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 FDR dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US & Canada

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 20 Lou Gehrig hits record 23rd & last grand slam

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Aug 21 Italy bars all Jewish teachers in Public & High School
  • Aug 23 England score 7-903 declared v Australia, Len Hutton scores 364

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 23 "You Can’t Take It With You" from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • Aug 24 England beat Australia by an innings & 579 runs at The Oval
  • Aug 24 Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball-for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game
  • Aug 26 British leaders & Arabians fight in Palestine
  • Aug 26 Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL
  • Aug 27 Two NYC subway trains collide at 116th Street killing 2 and injuring 51
  • Aug 27 Yanks Monte Pearson no-hits Indians 13-0, DiMaggio hits 3 triples
  • Aug 28 Mauthausen concentration camp opens in Austria
  • Aug 28 Northwestern University awards honorary degree to dummy Charlie McCarthy
  • Aug 28 On Connie Mack Day at Shibe Park, the A's win a doubleheader
  • Aug 31 5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250)

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
  • Oct 1 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant
  • Oct 1 Germany annexes Sudetenland (1/3 of Czechoslovakia) following the Munich Agreement
  • Oct 2 Indian Bob Feller strikes out record 18 Tigers (Chester Laabs 5 times)
  • Oct 6 Yanks Lefty Gomez sets record of 6 World Series wins without a loss
  • Oct 7 Germany requires all Jewish passports be stamped with letter J

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 G Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Fabulous Invalid" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Aaron Copland's & Eugene Loring's ballet "Billy the Kid" premieres in Chicago

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • Oct 9 Cleveland Browns & Chicago Bears play a penalty free NFL game
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees sweep Cubs in 35th World Series, 3rd straight WS win
  • Oct 10 Germany completes its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland
  • Oct 10 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st String Quartet
  • Oct 14 Nazis plan Jewish ghettos for all major cities
  • Oct 15 Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 Japanese troops occupies Canton
  • Oct 22 Chester Carlson demonstrates 1st Xerox copying machine
  • Oct 24 US forbids child labor in factories
  • Oct 25 Japanese troops occupies Hankou & Wuhan
  • Oct 25 The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it leads down a "primrose path to hell".
  • Oct 27 DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called "nylon"
  • Oct 28 Farewell parade of International Brigade (Barcelona)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

  • Oct 31 Great Depression: In an effort to try restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public.
  • Nov 1 German colonel-general Gerd von Runstedt retires
  • Nov 1 NL batting champ Ernie Lombardi is named MVP
  • Nov 1 Seabiscuit beats War Admiral in a match race at Pimlico

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 Babe Ruth applies for job of St Louis Browns' manager

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Nov 2 Jimmie Foxx wins his 3rd AL MVP
  • Nov 5 Ottawa Roughriders score on 5-man, 4-lateral, 65-yard punt return
  • Nov 5 Rugers beats Princeton 1st time in 60 yrs as Rutgers Stad dedicated
  • Nov 6 3 DiMaggio brothers play together for 1st time, charity all star game
  • Nov 8 1st black woman legislator, Crystal Bird Fauset of Phila
  • Nov 9 Al Capp, cartoonist of Lil' Abner, creates Sadie Hawkins Day
  • Nov 9 Kristallnacht begins: pogrom against Jews in Germany and Austria - first large-scale physical act of anti-Jewish violence, begins
  • Nov 10 8.3 earthquake shakes East of Shumagin Islands, Alaska
  • Nov 10 Nobel for literature awarded to Pearl Buck (Good Earth)
  • Nov 10 Second day of Kristallnacht: pogrom against the Jews in Germany and Austria after assassination of a German diplomat in Paris
  • Nov 11 German & Austrian Jewish suffer 1 billion Mark damage in nazi
  • Nov 11 Kristallnacht; Jews forced to wear Star of David

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 12 Hermann Goering announces he wants Madagascar as a Jewish homeland

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Nov 13 America's first saint, Mother Frances Cabrini, beatified
  • Nov 14 Dutch DC3 crashes at Schiphol, 6 die
  • Nov 15 First telecast of an unscheduled event (fire), W2XBT, NY
  • Nov 15 Farewell Parade of International Brigades in Barcelona
  • Nov 16 K B Regiment refuses round-table conference in East-India
  • Nov 16 LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
  • Nov 17 Italy passes its own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
  • Nov 18 Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 695

  • 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
  • May 2 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • May 3 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player
  • May 4 Tyrone Davis, US R&B singer (Are you serious)
  • May 4 William J Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)
  • May 4 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer
  • May 5 Jerzy Skolimowski, director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • May 5 Johnnie Taylor, Crawfordsville, Arkansas, R&B and multi-genre singer (Disco Lady, I Believe in You), (d. 2000)
  • May 5 Michael Murphy, actor (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Unmarried Woman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 6 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician
  • May 6 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • May 7 Johnny Caldwell, Ireland, flyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1956)
  • May 8 Javed Burki, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)
  • May 8 Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran
  • May 8 Jean Giraud, Val-de-Marne, France, comic artist (Alien, Tron), (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Geoffrey Holland, civil servant
  • May 9 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • May 10 Manuel Santana, tennis player (US Open 1965)
  • May 10 Maxim Shostakovich, Leningrad Russia, conductor (Atlanta Symph)
  • May 10 Merritt Ranew, baseball player
  • May 10 Michael Shea, director (Hanson Trust)/Queen's press sect
  • May 10 Peter Davies, Major-General/Director-General (RSPCA)
  • May 10 Philip Gordon Winsor, composer
  • May 10 Jean Becker, French director, screenwriter and actor
  • May 11 Carla Bley [Carla Borg], American musician (Escalator Over the Hill), born in Oakland, California
  • May 11 Harvey Sollberger, flutist/composer (2 Oboes Troping), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • May 12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident
  • May 12 Millie Perkins, actress (Jane-Knots Landings), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • May 12 Susan Hampshire, actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
  • May 13 Buck Taylor, actor (Monroes, Gunsmoke), born in Hollywood, California
  • May 13 Laurent Beaudoin, French Canadian businessman (Bombardier)
  • May 13 Giuliano Amato, Italian politician
  • May 15 Lenny Welch, Asbury Park NJ, (Breaking up is Hard to Do)
  • May 15 Mireille Darc, French actress (Week End, Hurried Man), born in Toulon
  • May 17 Don Dolan, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital), born in Staten Island, New York
  • May 17 Jason Bernard, actor (Judge-Liar Liar)
  • May 17 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • May 17 Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
  • May 18 Janet Fish, Boston USA, American realist artist
  • May 19 James H Bilbray, (Rep-D-Nevada)
  • May 19 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader (d. 1989)
  • May 20 Alan Smithers, British professor
  • May 20 Christina Bass-Kaiser, 3K Dutch speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • May 20 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • May 21 David Groh, American actor (Joe-Rhoda, Don-Another Day), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 21 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, born in Basel (d. 2014)
  • May 22 Frank Converse, actor (It's About Time, Dr Cook's Garden, Movin' On)
  • May 22 Richard Benjamin, director/actor (Goodbye Columbus, He & She), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Susan Strasberg, actress (In Praise of Older Women, Manitou), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 John R Miller, (Rep-R-WA, 1985- )
  • May 23 Peter Preston, editor (Guardian)
  • May 24 Glen Hall, cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964)

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Famous Deaths

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