What Happened in November 1937

Historical Events


Nov 1 Stalinists execute by shooting Pastor Paul Hamberg and seven members of Azerbaijan's Lutheran community (including three women).

  • Nov 3 Frenchman Maurice Archambaud cycles world record for distance in one hour, 45.796 km in Vigorelli, Milan, Italy
  • Nov 3 Howie Morenz Memorial Game, Montreal Forum: NHL All-Stars beat Montreal All Stars, 6-5

Historic Event

Nov 5 Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war

  • Nov 8 The Nazi exhibition Der ewige Jude ("The Eternal Jew") opens in Munich.
  • Nov 9 Japanese army conquers Shanghai
  • Nov 9 St Louis Cards Triple Crown winner Joe Medwick is named NL MVP

Historic Event

Nov 10 Brazilian dictator Getulio Vargas proclaims "Estado novo"

  • Nov 11 German aircraft Messerschmidt ME-109V13 flies a new world air speed record for landplanes with piston engines of 610.95 km/h (379.62 mph)
  • Nov 11 Nobel prize for physics awarded to American Clinton Joseph Davisson and Briton George Paget Thomson "for their experimental discovery of the diffraction of electrons by crystals"
  • Nov 13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • Nov 15 First US congressional session in air-conditioned chambers
  • Nov 17 Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement

Music Premiere

Nov 21 Dmitri Shostakovich's 5th Symphony premieres in Lenningrad, with the ovation lasting over an hour

  • Nov 23 Clifford Odets' play "Golden Boy" premieres on Broadway in NYC
  • Nov 23 Emile Janson becomes Belgian premier

Theater Premiere

Nov 23 John Steinbeck's play "Of Mice & Men" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 25 World's Fair of Paris closes (31.2 million visitors)
  • Nov 27 Pro-labor musical revue "Pins & Needles" opens, produced by ILGWU
  • Nov 29 Dutch Prince Bernhard injured in auto accident in Netherlands
  • Nov 30 3rd Heisman Trophy Award: Clint Frank, Yale (HB)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Bill Anderson, American country music singer and songwriter ("Still"; "Sometimes"; "I Can't Wait Any Longer"), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Nov 2 Earl "Speedoo" Carroll, American doo-wop vocalist (Cadillacs; The Coasters), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Nov 3 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), born in Massillon, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Nov 3 Lynn Woolsey, American politician (US House of Representatives-D-California, 1993-2013), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 3 Paula Wayne [Watkins], American stage and Emmy Award-winning actress (Golden Boy; Everglade!), pop vocalist ("Everything's Great"), and civil rights activist, born in Mountain View, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • Nov 4 Loretta Swit [Szwed], American Emmy Award-winning actress (M*A*S*H - "Major Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan", born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Nov 5 Al Jamison, American football offensive lineman (AFL All Star 1961, 62; AFL C'ship 1960, 61; Houston Oilers), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • Nov 5 Harris Yulin, American actor (Scarface), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 5 Jackie Verdell, American gospel singer (The Davis Sisters, 1955-66), pop singer-songwriter ("Why Not Give Me A Chance") and session vocalist (Wilson Picket; Van Morrison), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Nov 6 Bas de Gaay Fortman, Dutch scholar and politician (PPR), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Nov 6 Edwin Roxburgh, English composer and conductor, born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 6 Joe Warfield, American stage and screen actor, and teacher, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 8 Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, born in Štip, Yugoslavia (d. 2019)
  • Nov 9 Clyde Wells, Canadian politician, 5th Premier of Newfoundland, born in Buchans Junction, Newfoundland
  • Nov 9 Roger McCough, British poet (The Mersey Sound), born in Litherland, Lancashire
  • Nov 10 Albert Hall, American actor (Trouble in Mind, Ryan's 4), born in Brighton, Alabama
  • Nov 11 Buddy Ace [Jimmie Lee Land], American Texas blues singer, born in Jasper, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Nov 11 Stephen Lewis, Canadian politician, radio broadcaster, and diplomat, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nov 11 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 12 Ina Balin, American actress (Danger in Paradise), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 12 Richard H. Truly, American Rear Admiral, astronaut (STS T-2, T-4, 2, 8) and Head of NASA (1989-92), born in Fayette, Mississippi
  • Nov 13 Kamahl [Kandiah Kamalesvaran], Australian singer (Elephant Song), born in Kuala Lumpur
  • Nov 13 Tabu Ley Rochereau [Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu], African musician (Orchestre Afrisa International), born in Bagata, Bandundu, Belgian Congo (d. 2013)
  • Nov 14 Jim Brewer, American baseball relief pitcher (World Series 1965; MLB All Star 1973; LA Dodgers), born in Merced, California (d. 1987)
  • Nov 14 Joseph Billingslea, Jr., American R&B singer (The Contours - "Do You Love Me"), born in Hamtramck, Michigan
  • Nov 15 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer (The Trammps - "Disco Inferno"), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Nov 15 William "Little Willie" John, American R&B singer ("Fever"; "Leave My Kitten Alone"), born in Cullendale, Arkansas (d. 1968)
  • Nov 17 Peter Edward Cook, Torquay England, actor/comedian (Bedazzled)
  • Nov 19 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • Nov 19 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), born in Pomona, California (d. 2012)
  • Nov 20 Jack Linkletter, American TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • Nov 20 Pim van de Meent, Dutch soccer manager (PEC Zwolle, NEC, VBV De Graafschap, FC Den Haag), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • Nov 20 René Kollo, German tenor, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 20 Viktoriya Tokareva, Russian playwright, born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • Nov 21 Marlo Thomas [Mrs Phil Donahue], Detroit Mich (That Girl!, Jenny)
  • Nov 22 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, born in Horlivka, Soviet Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • Nov 22 Zenon Jankowski, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 30 backup)
  • Nov 24 Brian Kan, Chinese thoroughbred horse trainer (5 x Hong Kong champion trainer; 5 x HK Derby winners), born in Sheung Shui, Hong Kong (d. 2022)
  • Nov 24 Jeremy Taylor, British teacher, folk singer, songwriter ("Ag Pleez Deddy"; "Piece of Ground"), born in Newbury, England
  • Nov 26 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American session bassist (Motown's The Funk Brothers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Nov 26 Boris Yegorov, Soviet physician and cosmonaut (Voskhod I), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 1994)
  • Nov 27 Gail Sheehy, American author (Hustling), born in Mamaroneck, New York
  • Nov 27 Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Nov 27 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 27 Rodney Bewes, English actor (The Likely Lads), born in Bierley, England (d. 2017)
  • Nov 29 Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian minister of Foreign affairs (worked on the Oslo Peace Accords), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1994)
  • Nov 30 Abdelmajid Tlemçani, Tunisian soccer striker (54 caps; Espérance Sportive de Tunis), born in Tunis, Tunisia (d. 2020)
  • Nov 30 Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Writer
  • Nov 30 Jesús del Muro, Mexican soccer defender (40 caps; Atlas FC, CF Cruz Azul) and manager (Toluca FC, CF Pachuca, Jalisco AC) born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2022)
  • Nov 30 Jimmy Bowen, American record producer and pop star ("I'm Stickin' With You"), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • Nov 30 Richard Threlkeld, newscaster (ABC-TV)
  • Nov 30 Ridley Scott, English film director (Alien, Blade Runner), born in South Shields, England
  • Nov 30 Tom Simpson, English road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1965), born in Haswell, County Durham (d. 1967)

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Nov 20 American actor Jackie Coogan (23) weds American actress Betty Grable (20) at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles; divorce in 1939

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Maude Valérie White, French-born English composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 3 Winthrop Ames, American theatrical director (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), dies at 66
  • Nov 4 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 5 Jack McAuliffe, Irish-American boxer and undefeated World Lightweight champion (1886-93), dies at 71
  • Nov 6 Johnston Forbes-Robertson, British actor and theatre director (Kathleen), dies at 84

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Nov 9 British Prime Minister (Labour: 1924, 1929-35), dies of natural causes at sea on board the liner Reina del Pacifico at 71

  • Nov 10 Nikolai Batalov, Russian actor (Tretya meshchanskaya, Mother), dies from tuberculosis at 37
  • Nov 13 Mrs. Leslie Carter, American actress and writer (Rocky Mountain Mystery, The Heart of Maryland), dies at 75
  • Nov 14 Jack O'Connor, American baseball catcher (Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Browns) and manager (St. Louis Browns), dies at 71
  • Nov 17 Jack Worrall, Australian cricket batsman (11 Tests, 5 x 50s; Victoria CA) and VFL premiership coach (Carlton 1906, 07, 08; Essendon 1911, 12), dies at 76
  • Nov 23 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (b. 1858)
  • Nov 23 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, ploymath and writer, dies at 78
  • Nov 23 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, dies at 68
  • Nov 25 Lilian Mary Baylis, English theatrical manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater), dies at 63