What Happened in April 1937

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Aden becomes a British crown colony

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 4 4th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Apr 12 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
  • Apr 15 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 3 games to 2
  • Apr 19 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
  • 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 animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Paul Kanjorski, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 3 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • Apr 3 William Gaunt, English actor (Champions), born in Pudsey, Yorkshire
  • Apr 3 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • Apr 3 Petunia Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Romance"
  • Apr 4 Ian St James, novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)
  • Apr 4 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. 2012)

Person of interestColin Powell

Apr 5 Colin Powell, American General and Assistant to the President (Nat Sec Affairs), born in The Bronx, New York

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell
  • Apr 5 Stuart May, senior partner (Theodore Goddard)
  • Apr 5 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor (first Power operated vehicle/scooter), born in Bridgeport, Michigan

Person of interestBilly Dee Williams

Apr 6 Billy Dee Williams, Harlem actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestMerle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 6 Tom Veivers, cricketer (Australian off-spinner in the 60's)
  • Apr 7 Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Apr 8 Ronald Anthony "Tony" Clegg, property trader
  • Apr 8 Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter (NY Times)
  • Apr 9 Simon Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.K.
  • Apr 9 Barrington J[ohn] Bayley, UK, sci-fi author (Collision Course)
  • Apr 9 Valerie Singleton, British broadcaster
  • Apr 10 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer and jockey
  • Apr 10 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (The String, Fever), born in Moscow (d. 2010)
  • Apr 12 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, born in Zmiiv, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • Apr 12 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player, born in Lier, Belgium
  • Apr 13 Edward Fox, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Gandhi), born in Chelsea, London
  • 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 (Labour Party 1974-79 and 1983-2005), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • Apr 17 Daffy Duck, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Duck Hunt"
  • Apr 17 Eduard Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Werkhopeniye, Russia (d. 2015)
  • Apr 17 Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive (Volkswagen Group), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 18 Robert Hooks, actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 18 Tatyana Shchelkanova, USSR, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Apr 18 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin
  • Apr 19 Elinor Donahue, actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life), born in Tacoma, Washington

Person of interestJoseph Estrada

Apr 19 Joseph Estrada, Filipino actor and 13th President of the Philippines (1998-01), born in Tondo, Philippines

President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada

Person of interestGeorge Takei

Apr 20 George Takei, American actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 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)

Person of interestJack Nicholson

Apr 22 Jack Nicholson, American actor (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining), born in Neptune City, New Jersey

  • Apr 22 Jack Nitzsche, composer/songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman)
  • Apr 22 Kenneth Palmer, umpire and cricketer (1-190 in only Test for England)
  • Apr 23 Barry Shepherd, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty bat early 60's), born in Donnybrook, Australia
  • Apr 23 Don Massengale, PGA golfer (1966 Bing Crosby Celebrity), born in Jackson, Texas
  • Apr 23 Victoria Glendinning, British author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions), born in Sheffield, England
  • Apr 24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Apr 25 Bo Brundin, Swedish actress (Rhinemann Exchange), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 26 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • Apr 27 Phil Jones, newsman (CBS)
  • Apr 27 Sandy Dennis, American actress (Up the Down Staircase), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 1992)

Person of interestSaddam Hussein

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Nathan Birnbaum, Austria philosopher (Zionism), dies at about 72
  • Apr 4 Frantisek X Salda, Czech writer/critic, dies at 69
  • Apr 8 Arthur William Foote, US organist/composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 8 William Henry Hadow, composer (Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Algernon Ashton, composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 15 Nikolai Artzibushev, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 17 Yi Sang, Korean author and poet (Dying Words, Wings, Child’s Bone), dies of tuberculosis in a Japanese prison camp at 26
  • Apr 19 William Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington, English historian and 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 peasant rebel (Drzymała's wagon), dies at 79

Person of interestAntonio Gramsci

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

Marxist Theorist and Politician Antonio Gramsci
Marxist Theorist and Politician
Antonio Gramsci
  • Apr 29 William Gillette, American actor, playwright and manager (Sherlock Holmes on stage), dies at 83
  • Apr 29 Wallace Hume Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), commits suicide at 41