Historical Events in April 1938

  • Apr 1 Nescafé introduces their flagship brand in Switzerland

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 1 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5th round of their title bout in Chicago; 3rd defence by Louis

  • Apr 4 5th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Henry Picard wins his only Masters, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Harry Cooper and Ralph Guldahl
  • Apr 5 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Dabrowa, Poland
  • Apr 6 Teflon invented by Roy J. Plunkett

Music Premiere

Apr 8 Walter Piston's 1st Symphony in E, premieres in Boston, by the Boston Symphony, conducted by the composer

  • Apr 10 Austria becomes a state of Germany
  • Apr 10 NY makes syphilis test mandatory in order to get a marriage license

Appointment of Interest

Apr 10 Second government of Blum replaced by Édouard Daladier's government in France

  • Apr 12 1st US law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses (NY)
  • Apr 12 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Black Hawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1 for a 3-1 series win; only team to win Cup with losing regular season record
  • Apr 13 Clifford Goldsmith's play "What a Life" premieres at The Biltmore Theater, NYC
  • Apr 16 Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
  • Apr 18 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:35:34.8; his second victory in the event
  • Apr 18 Headless Mad Butcher victim found in Cleveland
  • Apr 19 Baker Bowl, Philadelphia: Phillies infielder Emmett "Heine" Mueller & Brooklyn Dodger outfielder Ernie Koy both homer in their 1st MLB at bats

Historic Event

Apr 23 Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand self government

  • Apr 26 Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks

Sports History

Apr 30 Bradman scores 258 Aust v Worcs, 293 mins, 33 fours 1 five

  • Apr 30 The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End