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1937 Historical Event(s)
- February 11, 1937 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Ox in Chinese astrology.
- February 19, 1937 – Yekatit 12: During a public ceremony at the Viceregal Palace (the former Imperial residence) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two Eritrean nationalists attempt to kill viceroy Rodolfo Graziani with a number of grenades. Italian authorities exact vicious reprisals on the population.
- March 21, 1937 – Ponce Massacre: 18 people and a 7-year-old girl in Ponce, Puerto Rico, are gunned down by a police squad acting under orders of US-appointed Governor, Blanton C. Winship.
- April 9, 1937 – The Kamikaze arrives at Croydon Airport in London – it is the first Japanese-built aircraft to fly to Europe.
- May 3, 1937 – Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
- May 12, 1937 – George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
- June 14, 1937 – Pennsylvania becomes the first (and only) state of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.
- September 21, 1937 – J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is published.
- December 11, 1937 – Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Italy leaves the League of Nations.
- December 21, 1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater.
Who Were Born On 1937?
- January 25, 1937 – Judith Ann Mayotte, American humanitarian and author
- February 11, 1937 – Bill Lawry, Australian cricketer
- July 20, 1937 – Ken Ogata, Japanese actor (d. 2008)
- July 27, 1937 – Don Galloway, American actor (d. 2009)
- August 8, 1937 – Dustin Hoffman, American actor
- August 27, 1937 – Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (d. 2007)
- September 4, 1937 – Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer
- September 15, 1937 – Robert Lucas, Jr., American economist, Nobel laureate
- October 5, 1937 – Barry Switzer, American football coach
- November 20, 1937 – Viktoriya Tokareva, Russian playwright