On This Day

What Happened in June 1937

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Chicago White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich no-hits St Louis Browns, 8-0
  • Jun 1 Prince Konoye becomes Japanese premier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 1 Edith Wharton suffers a heart attack and collapses at the French country home of Ogden Codman

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton
  • Jun 3 Josh Gibson HR's just 2 feet below rim of Yankee Stadium (580' drive)
  • Jun 4 Léon Blum becomes premier of People's front government of France
  • Jun 5 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 Henry Ford initiates a 32 hour work week

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Jun 6 Philadelphia Phillies trailing 8-2 to St Louis, forfeit game

Famous PhotoVery Rare Photo of the Supreme Court

Jun 7 Time magazine publishes the second of the only two known photos taken of the United States Supreme Court in session

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One of two photos ever taken of the United States Supreme Court in session
One of two photos ever taken of the United States Supreme Court in session
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  • Jun 8 World's largest flower blooms in NY Botanical Garden, 12' calla lily
  • Jun 11 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races", directed by Sam Wood, is released in the US

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 12 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Ralph Guldahl wins first of his 2 consecutive US titles, 2 strokes ahead of Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

BattleExecution

Jun 12 After a one-day show trial, eight Soviet generals are sentenced to death and executed by the NKVD

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 13 Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs against St Louis Browns

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Jun 19 Francisco Franco's troops conquer the Bilbao Basques

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jun 19 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Beverly CC: Helen Hicks wins the first of her 2 major titles, defeating amateur Bea Barrett 6 & 5 in the final
  • Jun 21 French People's front government-Blum falls

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 22 Challenger Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in the 8th round at Chicago's Comiskey Park for the world heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 25 Cub Augie Galan becomes 1st player to switch hit HRs in a game
  • Jun 26 Test cricket debut of Len Hutton v NZ at Lord's, scores 0 & 1
  • Jun 30 The world's first emergency call telephone service is launched in London using the number 999

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession, The Thorn Birds), born in Wellington, NSW, Australia (d. 2015)

Person of interestMorgan Freeman

Jun 1 Morgan Freeman, American academy award-winning actor (Driving Mrs Daisy, Glory), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Jun 1 Rosaleen Linehan, Irish actress, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jun 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Jun 3 Solomon P Ortiz, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • Jun 4 Mortimer Zuckerman, Canadian-American media proprietor and CEO (US News & World Report, NY Daily News), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 4 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jun 4 Robert Fulghum, American author (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten), born in Waco, Texas
  • Jun 4 Gorilla Monsoon, American pro wrestler (Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame) and commentator (WWF), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1999)
  • Jun 5 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • Jun 7 Neeme Järvi, Estonian-American conductor (Gothenburg Symphony 1982-2004, Detroit Symphony 1990-2005), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Jun 7 Bert Sugar, American sports writer (editor / publisher The Ring magazine; Sting like a Bee; The Ageless Warrior), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Jun 8 Bruce McCandless II, American aviator, electrical engineer and astronaut who made the 1st untethered space walk (STS 41B, STS-31), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • Jun 8 Norma Shaw, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship gold 1981; Indoor C'ship gold 1997), born in Wakefield, England (d. 2009)
  • Jun 9 Sven Conrad Stayers, Guyana cricketer (WI fast bowler 1962), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2005)
  • Jun 9 Harald Rosenthal, German biologist
  • Jun 10 Richard Foreman, American theatrical director (Daily Life), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 11 Luciana Paluzzi, Italian-American actress (Five Fingers, Thunderball), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 11 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • Jun 11 Johnny Brown, American comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Jun 11 J. Robin Warren, Australian pathologist (Nobel 2005), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jun 12 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2010)
  • Jun 12 Antal Festetics, Austrian biologist and zoologist, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 13 Eleanor Holmes Norton, American lawyer and politician (Rep-D-DC), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 14 Jørgen Leth, Danish film director (A Sunday in Hell), born in Aarhus, Denmark
  • Jun 15 Kumar Shri Indrajitsinhji, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper in 60's)
  • Jun 15 Ray Coleman, British music journalist and biographer, born in Leicester (d. 1996)
  • Jun 15 Rolf Riehm, German composer, born in Saarbrücken
  • Jun 15 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Jun 15 Curtis Cokes, American boxer (WBA/WBC world welterweight champion 1966-69), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Jun 16 August Busch III, CEO (Anheuser-Busch, St Louis Cards)
  • Jun 16 Erich Segal, author (Love Story, Oliver's Story), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 16 Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Tsar of Bulgaria
  • Jun 17 Peter Lupus, American bodybuilder and actor (Mission Impossible), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jun 18 Gail Godwin, American author (Perfectionists, Odd Woman)
  • Jun 18 Jay Rockefeller, American politician (Sen-D-West Virginia 1985-2015), born in New York City
  • Jun 18 Varbara Ann Teer, American actress/director (National Black Theatre Company)
  • Jun 18 Vitaly Mikhailovich Zholobov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 21)
  • Jun 20 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • Jun 21 Anna Davies, Italian philologist and Professor of Comparative Philology (Oxford U), born in Milan (d. 2014)
  • Jun 21 John Edrich, English cricketer (England left-handed batsman, 310* v NZ 1965), born in Blofield, Norfolk, England
  • Jun 21 Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2001)
  • Jun 22 Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell, English businessman and record producer (Island Records), born in Westminster, London, England
  • Jun 23 Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland
  • Jun 24 Baron Wolman, American photographer, founding chief photographer for Rolling Stone, born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Jun 25 Marabel Morgan, American author (The Total Woman), born in Crestline, Ohio
  • Jun 26 Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor and director, born in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
  • Jun 26 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • Jun 27 Joseph P. Allen, American NASA astronaut (STS-5, STS 51A), born in Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Jun 28 Richard Bright, American actor (Al Neri-Godfather), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jun 28 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1989)
  • Jun 28 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire in the American League (1969-79), born in Endicott, New York (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 Georgios Zaimis, Greek sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1960), born in Piraeus, Attiki, Greece (d. 2020)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 3 Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII) weds Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France

King of the United Kingdom Edward VIII
King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII
Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Jun 7 Three Stooges member Curly Howard (33) weds Elaine Ackerman

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 26 Actress Mary Pickford (45) weds actor and band leader Charles Rogers (32)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), dies at the console at 66
  • Jun 4 Keke Geladze, Russian seamstress who was the mother of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, dies at 78 or 81

Person of interestJean Harlow

Jun 7 Jean Harlow [Harlean Carpentier], American actress and 1930s' sex goddess (Dinner at 8, Bombshell), dies from gallbladder infection at 26

Actress Jean Harlow
Actress
Jean Harlow
8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden
  • Jun 11 R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (b. 1895)
  • Jun 12 Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1893)
  • Jun 18 Gaston Doumergue, 60th Prime Minister of France (1913-14 and 1934) and 1st protestant French President (1924-31), dies at 73
  • Jun 19 J. M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), dies at 77
  • Jun 25 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), dies from complications of tuberculosis at 37
  • Jun 26 Adolf Erman, German Egyptologist (Grammar of Ancient Egypt), dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Max Adler, Austrian socialist theorist, dies at 64