What Happened on March 19, 1937

Historical Events

  • 96th Grand National: With King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in attendance, aptly-named Royal Mail ridden by jockey Evan Williams wins at odds of 100/6; estimated crowd, 300,000
  • Astronomer Fritz Zwicky publishes his research on stellar explosion in which he coins the term "supernova" and hypothesizes that they were the origin of cosmic rays

Catholic Encyclical

Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini redemptoris against communism


Famous Birthdays

  • Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Egon Krenz, former East German folitician and last communist leader of East Germany (1989), born in Kolberg, Nazi Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer (Anaconda, El Crimen del Otro), commits suicide at 58
1937 Highlights

About March 19, 1937

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 85 years, 6 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces