January 1938 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • Jan 10 Jean Anouilh's "La Sauvage" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 10 Paul Vincent Carroll's "White Seed" premieres in NYC
  • 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 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Bill Emerson, (Rep-R-MO, 1981- )
  • Jan 1 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d. 2005)
  • Jan 2 Ian Brady, British serial killer
  • Jan 2 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • Jan 5 Juan Carlos I, king of Spain (1975- )
  • Jan 5 Leo Avery, abbot of Quarr
  • Jan 5 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer
  • 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 Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • Jan 10 Ivan Twigden, English contractor/multi-millionaire (Twigden PLC)
  • 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 13 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • Jan 19 Denny Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1981- )
  • Jan 21 Wolfman Jack, [Bob Smith], American DJ (Midnight Special), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 23 Anatoly Marchenko, Siberia, Soviet dissident
  • Jan 25 Betico Croes, Arubian politician (Status Aparte)
  • 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 Timothy Elworthy, Captain of The Queen's Flight
  • Jan 30 Marcel P A van Dam, Dutch politician/CEO (VARA Radio/TV)
  • 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)

Deaths in History

  • 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 17 William Pickering, American astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79