January 1937 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Anastasio Somoza García becomes President of Nicaragua
  • Jan 1 Count Claus von Stauffenberg promoted to captain
  • Jan 1 US Army Air Corps physiological research laboratory completed, Ohio
  • Jan 1 Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain.
  • Jan 5 Only unicameral state legislature in US opens 1st session in Nebraska
  • Jan 8 -50°F (-45.6°C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record)
  • Jan 9 Italian regime bans marriages between Italians & Abyssinians
  • Jan 9 Maxwell Anderson's "High Tor" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 12 Plough for laying submarine cable patented
  • Jan 15 Spanish Civil War: Second Battle of the Corunna Road ends after both forces withdraw
  • Jan 19 Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h28m25s)
  • Jan 20 -45°F (-43°C), Boca, California (state record)
  • Jan 20 1st US Presidential Inauguration day held on Jan 20th, (previously March 4th)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 Karl Radek & 16 others go on trial in Stalin's great purge

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Jan 25 Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13
  • Jan 30 2nd of Stalin's purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995)
  • Jan 2 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • Jan 6 Lou Holtz, US, football coach (NJ Jets)
  • Jan 9 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2001)
  • Jan 10 Thomas Penfield Jackson, American judge
  • Jan 12 Liliana Cavani, Bologna Italy, director (Berlin Affair)
  • Jan 21 Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
  • Jan 22 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 22 Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan rebel leader
  • Jan 25 Kathleen Tynan Halton, writer
  • Jan 25 Ange-Félix Patassé, President of the Central African Republic
  • Jan 26 Gerrit Gerritse, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jan 26 Joseph Saidu Momoh, gen/president (Sierra Leone)
  • Jan 26 S J B Langdale, Headmaster (Shrewsbury School)
  • Jan 30 Boris Spassky, USSR, world chess champion (1969-72)
  • Jan 31 Steve Karmen, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 31 Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (d. 2007)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 2 Theoretical Physicist Paul Dirac (34) weds Margit Wigner

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat
Paul Dirac

Deaths in History

  • Jan 5 Marie Booth, child of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1864)
  • Jan 6 André Besette, Canadian religious figure (b. 1845)
  • Jan 14 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist (b. 1889)
  • Jan 23 Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (b. 1876)