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What Happened in 1938

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1938 in Film & TV

  • Feb 11 World's first science fiction TV programme - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek
  • Feb 16 "Bringing Up Baby" film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is released
  • Aug 14 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)

1938 in Music

  • Jan 16 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)

1938 in Sport

  • Jun 1 Protective baseball helmets 1st worn by batters
  • Sep 28 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates

Did You Know?

DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called "nylon"

On October 27, 1938


World Leaders in 1938

Famous People in 1938

Would You Believe?

A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

On October 30, 1938

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 19 Actor Burgess Meredith (30) divorces actress Margaret Perry (25) after 2 years of marriage
  • Sep 30 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) divorces pianist Lil Armstrong (40) after more than 14 years of marriage
  • Dec 6 Actress Bette Davis (30) divorces musician Harmon Nelson (31) due to cruel and inhuman manner after more than 6 years of marriage

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