On This Day

February 1937 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Stapleton, Staten Island, becomes a customs-free port
  • Feb 4 Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games

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Feb 5 FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, "court packing" plan failed

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 6 K Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer

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Feb 8 Maxwell Anderson's "Masque of Kings" premieres in NYC

Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson
  • Feb 11 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Mich ends
  • Feb 13 "Prince Valiant" comic strip appears; known for historical detail
  • Feb 13 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Feb 16 DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace Carothers

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Feb 16 Jean Anouilh's "Le Voyageur Sans Baggage" premieres in Paris

Dramatist Jean Anouilh
Dramatist
Jean Anouilh
  • Feb 20 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 21 Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile.
  • Feb 21 The League of Nations bans foreign national "volunteers" in the Spanish Civil War.
  • Feb 24 1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 26 Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden's "Ascent of F6" premieres in London

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 5 Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 David Montgomery, American born photographer known for his images of the 1960s, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 9 Brian Wenham, media consultant/journalist
  • Feb 10 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Feb 11 Marilyn Butler, Rector (Exeter College-Oxford)
  • Feb 13 Sigmund Jaehn, German cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29), born in Muldenhammer, Germany
  • Feb 13 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer, born in Omdurman, Sudan (d. 1992)
  • Feb 14 John MacGregor, British MP
  • Feb 15 Terry Everett, (Rep-R-Alabama)
  • Feb 15 Gregory Mcdonald, American author
  • Feb 16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • Feb 16 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut
  • Feb 20 Robert Huber, biochemist (Nobel 1988), born in Munich. Germany
  • Feb 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present), born in Akershus, Norway
  • Feb 22 Joanna Russ, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 22 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer & multi-millionaire
  • Feb 23 David Ward, president (Law Society)
  • Feb 23 Lord Tugendhat, British politician (Conservative party)
  • Feb 24 Jerry Wiggin, British MP (cash for amendments scandal), born in Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • Feb 25 Basia Johnson, maid (inherited Johnson & Johnson fortune)
  • Feb 27 Barbara Babcock, American actress (Dr Quinn, Dallas, Hill St Blues), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Feb 27 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise), born in Griffith, Australia (d. 1977)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Marguerite Audoux, French novelist, dies at 73
  • Feb 5 Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Eroticism), dies at 75
  • Feb 7 Elihu Root, US min of War/Foreign affairs (Nobel 1912), dies at 91
  • Feb 8 Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer/librarian, dies at 75
  • Feb 13 C A Bernoulli, writer, dies
  • Feb 18 Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Georgian Bolshevik and Soviet politician, dies at 50