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1937 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1936

World Series Champions

New York Yankees

NFL Champions

Washington Redskins

Stanley Cup Champs

Detroit Red Wings

U.S. Open Golf

Ralph Guldahl

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

J. Donald Budge/Anita Lizana

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Don Budge/Dorothy Round

NCAA Football Champions


Kentucky Derby

War Admiral

The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Josephine Baker, Joan Blondell, Claudette Colbert, Olivia de Havilland, Betty Grable, Hedy Lamarr, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner

"The Quotes"

"Either he's dead, or my watch has stopped" - Groucho Marx in A Day At The Races

"Oh The Humanity" - Radio Reporter Herbert Morrison, on the scene of the Hindenburg disaster.

Bob Marley's Redemption song refrain "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free the mind" quotes a speech given in Nova Scotia by African American civil rights activist Marcus Garvey in 1937.

Time Magazine's Men of the Year

Chiang Kai-shek
Soong May-ling

Miss America

Bette Cooper (Bertrand Island, NJ)

The Scandals

In 1935, the Canadian government took custody of 5 identical quintuplets (Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile, and Marie Dionne) fearing they'd be exploited. By 1937, Canada had made them their largest tourist attraction where they starred in movies, product ads, had dolls made after them, and had 3,000 daily visitors through exhibit glass.

Movie Star Death: Marie Prevost (malnutrition)

Heroic Person Death: Amelia Earhart (plane lost flying over the Pacific Ocean)

1937 Pop Culture News
he word "dord" was created accidentally in 1937 when a dictionary editor meant to put "d or d" in the dictionary, but was mistaken for a single word. It's word status got revoked in 1947 when an editor noticed the word lacked an etymology.

HEADLINE: The Hindenburg(LZ 129) is the Greatest Airship, EVER!*
*Hindenburg Update: It burned and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6th. 36 people died in the accident. Safety Tip - use helium to float things, not hydrogen.

After 4 years, on May 28, 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened. Pedestrians were allowed a day earler, on May 27th.

Disney's Snow White became the biggest film of all time (at least until 'Gone With The Wind' Came out in 1939.) The previous holder for that title was the controversial 'Birth of a Nation' (1915)

Hewlett-Packard was founded. The first big job for the young company was Disney, for Fantasia. Although intially a manufacturer of mesurement instruments, they entered the computer industry in the 1960s.

Hector Boiardi started canning his great pasta sauce in 1937.
You probably know him better as Chef Boyardee.

From the family home recipe of Giovanni and Assunta Cantisano, Ragu spaghetti sauce hit the store shelves.

Ray-Ban sunglasses were made for U.S. Air Force pilots in 1936, and were such a hit that they began to be sold to the public in 1937. The brand has been featured in many films.

They say that Picasso's greatest work was Guernica, which he painted in 1937. It was over 11 feet high and 25 feet wide. Here is a very small picture of this famous work:

1937's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

King's Men Game , Bargain Day Game , Cootie Game

The Habit

(Still) Reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Popular Movies:

A Day at the Races, A Star is Born, The Awful Truth, Captains Courageous, Dead End, The Good Earth, Grand Illusion, Heidi, The Hurricane, In Old Chicago, The Life of Emile Zola, Lost Horizon, Make Way For Tomorrow, Marked Woman, Maytime, Nothing Sacred, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Pépé le Moko, The Prisoner of Zenda, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Song at Midnight, Stage Door, Stella Davis, They Won't Forget, Topper, Way Out West

More Pop Culture Resources

Popular Music in 1937 ~ # 1 Hits of 1937