On This Day

What Happened in February 1937

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Stapleton, Staten Island, becomes a customs-free port

Sports History

Feb 3 Don Bradman scores 212 (in 441 minutes!) in 5th cricket test v England

  • Feb 4 Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games

Historic Event

Feb 5 FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, "court packing" plan failed

  • Feb 6 K Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer

Historic Event

Feb 8 Maxwell Anderson's "Masque of Kings" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 11 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Mich ends
  • Feb 12 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • Feb 13 "Prince Valiant" comic strip appears; known for historical detail
  • Feb 13 Maribel Vinson wins her 9th US figure skating championship
  • Feb 13 Boston Redskins receive approval from NFL to move to Washington, D.C; to share baseball's Griffith Stadium with first Washington Senators of the American League
  • Feb 13 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Feb 16 DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace Carothers

Historic Event

Feb 16 Jean Anouilh's "Le Voyageur Sans Baggage" premieres in Paris

  • Feb 20 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 21 Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile
  • Feb 21 The League of Nations bans foreign national "volunteers" in the Spanish Civil War
  • Feb 24 1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 26 Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden's "Ascent of F6" premieres in London
  • Feb 27 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 (Isaac) Don Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), born in Brownie, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • Feb 1 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook - song "The Cover of Rolling Stone"), born in Chickasaw, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Feb 1 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 1 Tony Waiters, English soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Blackpool) and manager (Canada, Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps), born in Southport, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 1 Maryan Wisniewski, French soccer striker (33 caps; Lens, Sampdoria, Saint-Étienne, Sochaux, Grenoble), born in Calonne-Ricouart, France (d. 2022)
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • Feb 2 Tommy Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show; Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • Feb 2 Remak Ramsay, American actor
  • Feb 4 Collin Wilcox, Highlands NC, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird)
  • Feb 4 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 4 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • Feb 4 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • Feb 4 Bill Ham, American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Feb 4 Ann Southam, Canadian electronic and classical music and dance composer (Glass Houses; Figures; The Emerging Ground), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2010)
  • Feb 4 Harry Jacobs, American football linebacker (AFL All Star 1965, 69; AFL C'ship 1964, 65 Buffalo Bills; Boston Patriots, NO Saints), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • Feb 5 Cocky van Oost [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch ballet dancer (Sylphides)
  • Feb 5 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • Feb 5 Stuart Damon [Zonis], American stage and screen actor (General Hospital, 1977-2007 - "Dr. Alan Quartermaine"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021)
  • Feb 5 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China (d. 2006)
  • Feb 5 Larry Hillman, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1955 Detroit RWs, 1962, 63, 64, 1967 Toronto MLs, 1969 Montreal Canadiens) and coach (Winnipeg Jets 1977-79), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2022)
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • Feb 8 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 8 David Montgomery, American born photographer known for his images of the 1960s, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 9 Brian Wenham, British journalist (BBC), and media consultant (d. 1997)
  • Feb 9 Johnny Sayles, American soul singer ("I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love"), born in Winnsboro, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Feb 9 Clete Boyer, American MLB baseball infielder, 1955-71 (New York Yankees, and 2 other teams), born in Cassville, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Feb 9 (Leonard) "Len" Skeat, British jazz double-bassist, born in East End, London, England (d. 2021)
  • Feb 10 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Feb 10 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • Feb 10 Roberta Flack, American pop vocalist ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song"), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Feb 11 Bill Lawry AM, Australian cricket batsman and captain (67 Tests, 5,234 runs @ 47.15, 13 x 100s) and broadcaster (9 Network), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 11 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • Feb 11 Marilyn Butler, Rector (Exeter College-Oxford)
  • Feb 11 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • Feb 11 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Feb 11 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), born in Welsh, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • Feb 12 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • Feb 12 Larry Lacewell, American college football coach (Arkansas State Uni 1979-89) and administrator (AD Arkansas State; Dallas Cowboys Dir college & pro scouting 1992-2004), born in Fordyce, Arkansas (d. 2022)
  • Feb 13 Sigmund Jaehn, German cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29), born in Muldenhammer, Germany
  • Feb 13 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer, born in Omdurman, Sudan (d. 1992)
  • Feb 13 Angelo Mosca, American football defensive tackle (CFL All Star 1963, 70 Hamilton Tiger-Cats), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • Feb 14 John MacGregor, British MP
  • Feb 14 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), born in Granada County, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 14 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • Feb 15 Terry Everett, American politician (Rep-R-Alabama 1993-2009), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • Feb 15 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Feb 15 Gregory Mcdonald, American author
  • Feb 15 Coen Moulijn, Dutch soccer winger (38 caps; Feyenoord 487 games, European Cup 1970), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Feb 16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • Feb 16 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, Russian cosmonaut who died during training in a surdobar chamber, born in Kharkov. (d. 1961)
  • Feb 17 Mickey McGill, American doo-wop vocalist (The Dells - "Love is Blue"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 18 Jeff Farrell, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • Feb 18 Alan Johnson, American screen and stage choreographer (The Producers - "Springtime for Hitler"; Legs Diamond; 3 Emmy Awards), director (To Be Or Not To Be), and dancer (West Side Story), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Feb 19 Norman O'Neill, Australian cricket batsman (42 Tests @ 45.55, 6 x 100s; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)
  • Feb 20 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Feb 20 Nancy Wilson, American Grammy Award-winning R&B and jazz vocalist ("Guess Who I Saw Today"; "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am"), and actress, born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Feb 20 Robert Huber, biochemist (Nobel 1988), born in Munich. Germany
  • Feb 20 Roger Penske, American auto racer
  • Feb 21 Gary Lockwood, American actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Feb 21 Ron Clarke AO, MBE, Australian athlete (17 x WRs, 5,000m, 10,000m, 20,000m; 2, 3, 6, 10 miles) and politician (mayor Gold Coast), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2015)
  • Feb 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present), born in Akershus, Norway
  • Feb 22 Dubravko Detoni, Croatian composer, born in Križevci, Croatia
  • Feb 22 Joanna Russ, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 22 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • Feb 22 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer & multi-millionaire
  • Feb 22 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Feb 23 David Ward, president (Law Society)
  • Feb 23 Lord Tugendhat, British politician (Conservative party)
  • Feb 23 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • Feb 24 Jerry Wiggin, British MP (cash for amendments scandal), born in Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • Feb 25 Basia Johnson, maid (inherited Johnson & Johnson fortune)
  • Feb 25 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • Feb 25 Tom Courtenay, England, actor (Dresser, Doctor Zhivago, To Catch a Spy)
  • Feb 25 Don Randi [Schwartz], American session and touring pop, rock, and jazz keyboard player (Nancy Sinatra), born in New York City
  • Feb 26 Hagood Hardy, American-Canadian jazz and easy listening pianist, vibraphonist and film score composer ("The Homecoming"), born in Angola, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • Feb 26 William Ferris, American composer and conductor (William Ferris Chorale, 1971-2000), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Feb 27 Barbara Babcock, American actress (Dr Quinn,; Dallas; Hill Street Blues), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Feb 27 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise), born in Griffith, Australia (d. 1977)
  • Feb 27 L. Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972), born in Tremonton, Utah

Famous Weddings

Mary Astor

Feb 18 Actress Mary Astor (30) weds film editor Manuel del Campo (23) in Yuma, Arizona

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Marguerite Audoux, French novelist, dies at 73
  • Feb 3 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (b. 1887)
  • Feb 5 Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Eroticism), dies at 75
  • Feb 7 Elihu Root, US min of War/Foreign affairs (Nobel 1912), dies at 91
  • Feb 8 Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer and librarian, dies at 75
  • Feb 13 C A Bernoulli, writer, dies
  • Feb 14 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), dies at 62
  • Feb 18 Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Georgian Bolshevik and Soviet politician, dies at 50
  • Feb 20 Barlow Carkeek, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests, 6 dismissals; Victoria), dies when struck by a car at 58
  • Feb 23 Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies