On This Day

What Happened in October 1937

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Pullman Co formally recognizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

Historic Event

Oct 2 FDR visits Grand Coulee Dam construction site in Washington State

  • Oct 5 Dutch Minister Carl Romme says unemployment is 25% "quarter of Romme"
  • Oct 7 Johan Wagenaar's "Feestmars" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Oct 10 Baseball World Series: in second consecutive all-New York WS, Yankees again beat Giants, 4-2 at the Polo Grounds for a 4-1 series victory
  • Oct 13 A recorded trace of snow in Central Park, NYC

Historic Publication

Oct 15 Ernest Hemingway's novel "To Have & Have Not" published

  • Oct 15 Rather than accept any trade offers, the Yanks release Tony Lazzeri
  • Oct 25 Belgian government of Zealand falls due to black money

Sports History

Oct 25 Casey Stengel signs to manage Boston Bees

  • Oct 31 Spanish government moves from Valencia to Barcelona

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Hedy d'Ancona, Dutch minister of WVC (PvdA)
  • Oct 1 Saeed Ahmed, Pakistan cricket batsman (41 Tests; 2,991 runs @ 40.41), born in Jalandhar, Punjab
  • Oct 3 Boldizsár Csiky, Romanian composer, born in Târgu Mureș, Romania
  • Oct 3 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, born in Leerdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Oct 3 John MacLeod, American basketball coach (NBA Phoenix Suns 1973-87), born in New Albany, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • Oct 4 Franz Vranitzky, Austrian politician, Chancellor, 1986-97, born in Vienna
  • Oct 4 Jackie Collins, British-American romance novelist (The Stud; The Bitch; Lucky), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Oct 4 Jim Sillars, Scottish politician
  • Oct 5 Eli Jacobs, American financier and baseball owner (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 5 Barry Switzer, American football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • Oct 7 Maria Szyszkowska, Polish politician, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Oct 9 Pat Burke, British rock saxophonist (Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"; "Build Me Up Buttercup"), born in Kingston, Jamaica, British West Indies
  • Oct 10 Bruce Devlin, Australian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles), born in Armidale, NSW
  • Oct 11 Sir Bobby Charlton, English soccer midfielder (106 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United) and manager (Preston NE), born in Ashington, England
  • Oct 11 Georgi Vladimirovich Machinski, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 11 R. H. W. Dillard, American poet (The Day I Stopped Dreaming About Barbara Steele and Other Poems), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Oct 12 Robert Mangold, American minimalist artist (Yellow/Gray Looped Line Zone), born in North Tonawanda, New York
  • Oct 15 Anthony Hopkins, English clinical neurologist and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal College of Physicians, born in Poole, Dorset (d. 1997)
  • Oct 15 Linda Lavin, American actress (Alice, Barney Miller), born in Portland, Maine
  • Oct 16 Emile Ford, St. Lucian pop singer (first Black male singer to top UK charts - "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?"), and sound engineer, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • Oct 16 Tony Anthony, Clarksburg WV, actor (Treasure of 4 Crowns)
  • Oct 17 Paxton Whitehead, English actor (Back to School), born in East Malling, Kent
  • Oct 19 Nicholas Palmer, television writer/producer

Peter Max

Oct 19 Peter Max, American psychedelic artist (Dynamite Chicken), born in Berlin, Germany

  • Oct 19 Sean Garrison, American actor (Up Periscope, Splendor in the Grass), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 19 Marilyn Bell, Canadian swimmer
  • Oct 20 Juan Marichal, Dominican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 × MLB All-Star; NL wins leader 1968; MLB ERA leader 1969; no-hitter 1963; SF Giants), born in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 20 Wanda Jackson, American country singer ("Let's Have a Party"), born in Maud, Oklahoma
  • Oct 20 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Oct 21 Norman Wright, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (Del-Vikings - “Come Go With Me”) (d. 2010)
  • Oct 22 Tadeáš Salva, Slovak composer, born in Lúčky, Slovakia (d. 1997)
  • Oct 22 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (Ta Tragoudia Mas) and well known leftist and critic of the Greek military junta, born in Alexandria, Kingdom of Egypt (d. 1982)
  • Oct 23 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Oct 24 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, born in Madrid (d. 2016)
  • Oct 25 Roberto Menescal, Brazilian pop, bossa nova, and samba guitarist, composer ("O Barquinho"), and record producer, born in Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Oct 26 Dave Gavitt, American basketball coach, formed Basketball's Big East Conference (1979), born in Westerly, Rhode Island (d. 2011)
  • Oct 27 Lara Parker, American actress (Race with the Devil, Dark Shadows), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Lenny Wilkens

Oct 28 Lenny Wilkens, NBA Point Guard and Head Coach (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Oct 29 Michael Ponti, German pianist (Boston Competition 1964), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • Oct 29 Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass banjo player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), born in Roark, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • Oct 30 Claude Lelouch, French movie director (A Man & A Woman, Cat & Mouse, Bolero), born in Paris
  • Oct 30 Pat Williams, American politician (Rep-D-Montana, 1979-93), born in Helena, Montana
  • Oct 30 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), born in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Oct 31 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 5 Two-time Oscar winner actor Anthony Quinn (22) weds actress Katherine de Mille (26)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 9 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 9 George August Alexander Alting von Geusau, Dutch Minister of war (1918-20), dies at 73
  • Oct 15 James Marcus, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 16 Jean de Brunhoff, French children's book author (Babar the Elephant), dies at 37
  • Oct 16 William Sealy Gosset, English statistician (Student's t-distribution), dies at 61
  • Oct 19 Betty Carver, wife of English WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, dies

Ernest Rutherford

Oct 19 Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand physicist (Nobel Prize 1908), dies at 66

  • Oct 22 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded New York Musical Institute of Musical Art, later Julliard), dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki, Polish general, serving with the Imperial Russian and then Polish armies, dies at 70