On This Day

November 1937 in History

Events in History


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

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 15 First US congressional session in air-conditioned chambers
  • Nov 17 Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
  • Nov 23 Clifford Odets' play "Golden Boy" premieres on Broadway in NYC
  • Nov 23 Emile Janson becomes Belgian premier

Historic Event

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 29 Dutch Prince Bernhard injured in auto accident in Netherlands

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 3 Lynn Woolsey, American politician (US House of Representatives-D-California, 1993-2013), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 6 Bas de Gaay Fortman, Dutch scholar and politician (PPR), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Nov 9 Roger McCough, British poet (The Mersey Sound), born in Litherland, Lancashire
  • Nov 9 Clyde Wells, Canadian politician, 5th Premier of Newfoundland, born in Buchans Junction, Newfoundland
  • Nov 11 Stephen Lewis, Canadian politician and diplomat
  • 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 20 Viktoriya Tokareva, Russian playwright, born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • Nov 21 Marlo Thomas [Mrs Phil Donahue], Detroit Mich (That Girl!, Jenny)
  • Nov 22 Zenon Jankowski, Poland cosmonaut (Soyuz 30 backup)
  • 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 29 Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian minister of Foreign affairs (worked on the Oslo Peace Accords), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1994)
  • Nov 30 Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Writer

Deaths in History

  • Nov 3 Winthrop Ames, American theatrical director (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), dies at 66

Ramsay MacDonald

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

  • Nov 23 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, ploymath and writer, dies at 78
  • Nov 23 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (b. 1858)
  • Nov 25 Lilian Mary Baylis, English theatrical manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater), dies at 63