What Happened in February 1937

Historical Events

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

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 4 Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games

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

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 6 K Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer
  • Feb 8 Maxwell Anderson's "Masque of Kings" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 Ragnhild Hveger swims world free style record 400m (5:14.2)
  • 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 H Carothers
  • 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 Don Everly, American singer and half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), born in Brownie, Kentucky
  • Feb 1 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), born in Chickasaw, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Feb 1 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Tom 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 biathalete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • Feb 4 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • Feb 4 Bill Ham [Billy Mack Ham], American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Feb 5 Cocky van Oost, [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • Feb 5 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • Feb 5 Stuart Damon, American actor (Alan Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 5 Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • Feb 8 Manfred Krug, Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
  • Feb 9 Brian Wenham, media consultant/journalist
  • Feb 9 Johnny Sayles, US vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • Feb 9 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 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 11 Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
  • 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 12 Charles Everett Dumas, high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 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 14 John MacGregor, British MP
  • Feb 14 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • Feb 15 Nicholas Bayne, diplomat
  • Feb 15 P J Squire, British headmaster (Bedford Modern School)
  • Feb 15 Terry Everett, (Rep-R-Alabama)
  • Feb 15 Zoltan Pesko, composer
  • Feb 15 Gregory Mcdonald, American author
  • Feb 16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • Feb 16 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut
  • Feb 17 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • Feb 18 Jeff Farrell, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • Feb 18 Alan Johnson, American 3-time Emmy Award winning choreographer (Springtime for Hitler, West Side Story), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Feb 19 Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
  • Feb 20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • Feb 20 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Feb 20 Robert Huber, biochemist (Nobel 1988), born in Munich. Germany
  • Feb 20 Roger Penske, auto racer
  • Feb 21 Gary Lockwood, Van Nuys Cal, actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant)
  • Feb 21 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • Feb 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present), born in Akershus, Norway
  • Feb 22 Dubravko Detoni, Croatian composer, born in KriĹževci, Croatia
  • Feb 22 Joanna Russ, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx), born in New York City, 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 PGA golfer (1973 Masters), 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
  • 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 26 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 27 Barbara Babcock, actress (Dr Quinn, Dallas, Hill St Blues), born in Pasadena, California
  • Feb 27 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise)
  • Feb 27 L Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Marguerite Audoux, writer, dies
  • 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/librarian, dies at 75
  • Feb 13 C A Bernoulli, writer, dies
  • Feb 14 Erkki Gustav Melartin, composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 20 "Barlow" Carkeek, Aust cricket wicketkeeper (1912 series), dies
  • Feb 23 Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies