THE YEAR OF 1937
Born : JAN 4 Grace Bumbry, US opera singer.
Born : 7 Ian le Frenais, screenwriter.
Born : 8 Shirley Bassey, Welsh born singer.
Born : 14 Billie Jo Spears, country singer.
Born : 15 Margaret O'Brian, US film actress.
Born : 27 John Ogden, English pianist.
Born : 30 Boris Spassky of USSR, world chess champion (1969-72)
Born : 30 Vanessa Redgrave, English actress.
9 Exiled Russian leader Leon Trotsky finds a home in Mexico.
19 Margot Fonteyn(Peggy Hookham),debut as Giselle at Sadler's Wells
20 Inauguration day, every 4th year
22 Ohio river in the USA floods, 16 killed 150,000 homeless.
Born : FEB 1 Don Everly, of the Everly Brothers, rock singer.
Born : 1 Ray Sawyer, rock artist. (Dr Hook)
Born : 2 Roberta Flack, singer.
Born : 7 Peter Jay, British writer and broadcaster.
Born : 20 Nancy Wilson, jazz-soul singer.
Born : 21 Jilly Cooper, English novelist and journalist.
Born : 25 Tom Courtenay, actor.
Died : 25 Ras Desta Demtu, son-in-law of Haille Salassie, executed.
1 In Moscow, 13 'enemies of Stalin'(Trotskyites)were executed
13 "Prince Valiant" comic strip appears; known for historical
detail and fine detail drawing. Thanks Hal.
16 Nylon patented, WH Carothers
Born : MAR 6 Valentina Tereshkova, first woman cosmonaut
Born : 30 Warren Beatty, US actor.
Born : 31 Tom Courtnay, actor.
9 George Orwell's 'The Road to Wigan Pier' was published.
26 Spinach growers of Crystal City, Tx, erect statue of Popeye
Born : APR 6 Merle Haggard, country singer.
Born : 11 Jill Gasciogne, actress.
Born : 13 Edward Fox, British actor.
Born : 22 Jack Nicholson, US film actor.
Born : 23 Victoria Glendenning, biographer.
Born : 27 Sandy Dennis, US film actress.
Born : 28 Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq.
Died : 29 Wallace Caruthers, US chemist who patented Nylon.
14 First night of the musical 'Babes in Arms' in New York.
20 British aircraft carrier Ark Royal launched.
26 Spanish town of Guernica almost destroyed by German bombers.
27 King George VI opened the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.
27 US Social Security system makes its first benefit payment.
Born : MAY 1 Una Stubbs, English actress.
Born : 3 Frankie Valli, 4 seasons singer.
Died : 23 John D Rockefeller, US industrialist.
Died : 28 Alfred Adler, Austrian psychiatrist.
6 The largest airship in the world, The Hindenburg, caught
fire, turning into inferno at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
12 Coronation of King George V and Queen Elizabeth.
15 Muslim rising in Albania.
16 Spanish Premier Largo Caballero resigned.
27 The Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, 4200 feet long, opened.
28 Stanley Baldwin resigns as British PM, Neville Chamberlain new PM.
Born : JUN 1 Morgan Freeman, US film actor.
Born : 2 Sally Kellerman, actress.
Born : 13 Edward Fox, actor.
Born : 16 Erich Segal, author. (Love Story).
Born : 25 Derek Foster, politician.
Died : 7 Jean Harlow, US actress.
Died : 19 J M Barrie, Scottish author, 'Peter Pan'.
3 Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Warfield Simpson.
4 The world's first supermarket trolleys went down the aisles.
12 In Moscow,8 Red Army generals executed for planning a coup.
21 French Premier Leon Blum resigns.
21 Lawn tennis at Wimbledon was televised for the first time.
26 Mrs Wallis Simpson married The Duke of Windsor in France.
JUN 26 Spanish rebels took Santander
Born : JUL 3 Tom Stoppard, British dramatist.
Born : 6 Vladimir Ashkenazy, concert pianist.
Born : 9 David Hockney, English painter.
Born : 12 Bill Cosby, US comedian and actor.
Born : 19 George Hamilton IV, singer.
Born : 25 Colin Renfrew, British archaeologist.
Died : 2 Amelia Earhart, aviator, disappeared over the Pacific.
Died : 2 Fred Noonan, pilot, disappeared with Amelia Earhart over Pacific
Died : 11 George Gershwin, US composer.
Died : 19 Baronet J M Barrie, author. (and straight on 'til morning)
Died : 20 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor.
1 The 999 emergency service came into operation in Britain.
2 Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean.
JUL 7 Japan invades China.
19 Exhibition of 'Degenerate Art' in Berlin.
23 Isolation of the pituitary hormone is announced.
23 The English divorce becomes easier, adding insanity and
desertion to the existing one of adultery as grounds.
Born : AUG 3 Steven Berkoff, actor, director, writer.
Born : 5 Carla Lane, writer.
Born : 6 Barbara Windsor, actress.
Born : 8 Dustin Hoffman, US film actor.
Born : 11 Anna Massey, English actress.
Born : 18 Robert Redford, US film actor.
Born : 19 Richard Ingrams, former editor of Private Eye.
Born : 21 Donald Dewar, Scottish First Minister.
31 Societe National de Chemins de Fer Francais (SCNF) founded.
Born : SEP 4 Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer.
Born : 5 Dick Clement, scriptwriter.
Born : 11 Robert L. Crippen, astronaut (STS-1, 7, 41C, 41G)
Born : 12 Wesley Hall, West Indies cricketer and politician.
Born : 30 Johnny Mathis, US singer.
Died : 2 Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics.
Died : 26 Bessie Smith, US blues singer.
2 Malcolm Campbell sets Water speed record on Lake Maggiore,
Switzerland, of 129mph in his boat 'Bluebird'.
Born : OCT 4 Jackie Collins, novelist.
Born : 8 Merle Park, British ballerina.
Born : 11 Bobby Charlton, English footballer.
Died : 19 Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand physicist.
14 First London Motor Show.
22 Duke and Duchess of Windsor arrived in Berlin to meet Hitler.
22 The Duke and Duchess of Windsor arrivedin Berlin to study social conditions, they will also meet Herr Hitler.
Born : NOV 4 Loretta Swit, actress.
Born : 9 Roger McGough, poet.
Born : 17 Peter Cook, English writer and entertainer.
Born : 27 Rodney Bewes, British actor.
Born : 30 Ridley Scott, film director.
Died : 9 James Ramsay MacDonald, British statesman.
13 NBC forms first full symphony orchestra exclusively for radio.
19 British driver George Eyston's new land speed record 311mph
29 New emergency number for the police introduced in Britain - 999.
Born : DEC 17 Kerry Packer, media magnate.
Born : 21 Jane Fonda, actress.
Born : 30 Gordon Banks, footballer.
Born : 31 Anthony Hopkins, British actor.
Died : 20 Erich Ludenorff, German general.
Died : 28 Maurice Ravel, French composer.
4 Dandy comic, with Desperate Dan, first published by DC Thomson.
11 Italy leaves the League of Nations.
12 The first mobile TV unit, in New York.
21 The first feature-length cartoon with colour and sound premieres,
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Still one of the best,
directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney.
28 The Irish Free State became the Republic of Ireland.