April 1937 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Aden becomes a British crown colony
  • Apr 22 NYC college students stage 4th annual peace strike
  • Apr 26 German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
  • Apr 27 1st US social security payment made
  • Apr 28 1st commercial flight across Pacific operated by Pan Am
  • Apr 30 The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Paul E Kanjorski, (Rep-D-PA, 1985- )
  • Apr 3 Simon Brown, British high court judge
  • Apr 4 Ian St James, novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)
  • Apr 4 J Hans van den Doel, economist/Dutch MP (PvdA)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Colin Powell, general/asst to president (Nat Sec Affairs), born in The Bronx, New York

US General & Secretary of State Colin Powell
US General & Secretary of State
Colin Powell
  • Apr 5 Stuart May, senior partner (Theodore Goddard)
  • Apr 5 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor
  • Apr 8 Ronald Anthony "Tony" Clegg, property trader
  • Apr 8 Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter (NY Times)
  • Apr 9 Barrington J[ohn] Bayley, UK, sci-fi author (Collision Course)
  • Apr 10 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet
  • Apr 12 Igor Petrovich Volk, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12)
  • Apr 12 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player
  • Apr 13 Lanford Wilson, US playwright (Hot L Baltimore)
  • Apr 13 Peter M Harris, Official Solicitor (Supreme Court)
  • Apr 15 Earl Russell, historian
  • Apr 17 Brian Sedgemore, British MP
  • Apr 17 Daffy Duck, animated character
  • Apr 17 Eduard N Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 17 Terry Dicks, British MP
  • Apr 17 Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive
  • Apr 18 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin
  • Apr 21 Charles Lee Herron, Ky, FBI most wanted fugitive (Jan 1 1986)
  • Apr 22 Bobbi Fiedler, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- )
  • Apr 22 David Summerscale, head master (Westminster School England)
  • Apr 23 Victoria Glendinning, author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions)
  • Apr 25 Thomas Faber, publisher

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 28 Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq (1979-2003), born in Al-Awja, Iraq (d. 2006)

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Apr 29 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 General Douglas MacArthur (57) marries 2nd wife Jean Faircloth

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Deaths in History

  • Apr 2 Nathan Birnbaum, Austria philosopher (Zionism), dies at about 72
  • Apr 4 Frantisek X Salda, Czech writer/critic, dies at 69
  • Apr 17 Yi Sang, Korean Poet (b. 1910)
  • Apr 19 William M Conway, English historian/explorer (Spitzbergen), dies at 81
  • Apr 25 Clem Sohn, air show performer dies at 26 when his chute fails to open
  • Apr 25 Michał Drzymała, Polish rebel (b. 1857)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 27 Antonio Gramsci, Italian philosopher/marxist theorist, dies at 46

Marxist Theorist and Politician Antonio Gramsci
Marxist Theorist and Politician
Antonio Gramsci