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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1938 AD


January 2: Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded
January 3: March of Dimes established to fight polio
January 6: Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in Bronx
January 8: Bradman scores 107 for South Australia vs. Qld (1st innings)
January 10: Eduard van Beinum becomes world's 1st conductor at Concert Hall
January 10: Jean Anouilh's "La Sauvage," premieres in Paris
January 10: Paul Vincent Carroll's "White Seed," premieres in New York City
January 11: Bradman scores a second innings 113 vs. Qld after a ton in the 1st
January 11: Frances Moulton elected 1st woman president of a U.S. national bank
January 14: National Society for Legalization of Euthanasia forms (NY)
January 16: Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing
January 17: Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman
January 18: Bradman scores 104* for South Australia vs. NSW at the SCG
January 18: Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Hall of Fame
January 19: GM began mass production of diesel engines
January 21: Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance
January 22: "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winner of small-town life in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, premieres
January 25: Ian Hay's "Bachelor Born," premieres in New York City


February 3: Paul Osborn's "On Borrowed Time," premieres in New York City
February 4: Hitler seizes control of German army and puts Nazi in key posts
February 4: "Our Town," by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway
February 5: Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
February 10: King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga
February 11: Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to become wrestling champ
February 12: Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden
February 12: German troops entered Austria
February 16: U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
February 17: 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV in London
February 19: Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark
February 20: U.K. Foreign Secretary Eden resigns, says Prime Minister Chamberlain appeased Germany
February 23: Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
February 24: Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
February 25: British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
February 26: 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
February 26: Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
February 26: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
February 26: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
February 27: Britain and France recognize Franco government in Spain


March 2: Landslides and floods cause over 200 deaths in Los Angeles, California
March 2: Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union
March 3: American Bowling Congress' largest tournament (24,765 competitors)
March 11: Artur Seyss-Inquart replaces Kurt von Schuschnigg as Chancellor of Austria; German troops also entered the country
March 12: Nazi Germany invades Austria (Anschluss)
March 13: Austria annexed by Nazi Germany
March 16: Noel Coward's musical "Operette," premieres in London
March 16: Temple defeats Colorado to win 1st NIT
March 18: Mexico takes control of foreign-owned oil properties
March 18: New York 1st requires serological blood tests of pregnant women
March 18: President Cardena of Mexico nationalizes U.S. and British oil companies
March 19: Toronto Maple Leafs score 8 goals in 5 minutes
March 23: Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis frees 74 St. L Cardinals minor leaguers
March 25: 1st U.S. bred horse (Battleship) to win Grand National Steeplechase
March 26: NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony


April 1: Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York
April 1: Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
April 4: 5th Golf Masters Championship: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285
April 5: Anti-Jewish riots break out in Dabrowa Poland
April 6: Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett
April 10: 2nd government of Blum replaced by Daladier government in France
April 10: Austria becomes a state of Germany
April 10: New York makes syphilis test mandatory in order to get a marriage license
April 12: 1st U.S. law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses
April 12: Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
April 13: Clifford Goldsmith' "What a Life," premieres in New York City
April 16: Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
April 19: 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:35:34.8
April 19: Phil Emmett Mueller and Dodger Ernie Koy both homer in their 1st at bat
April 23: Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand self government
April 24: Lindenheuvel soccer team forms
April 25: 1st use of seeing eye dog
April 26: Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks
April 28: King Zog of Albania marries Countess Geraldine of Hungary
April 30: Bradman scores 258 Australia vs. Worcs, 293 minutes, 33 fours 1 five


May 2: Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
May 2: Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder (Our Town)
May 3: Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
May 3: Lefty Grove defeats Tigers 4-3 for 1st of record 20 consecutive wins at his home field Fenway Park; he doesn't lose there until May 12 1941
May 3: Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
May 4: Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
May 5: Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
May 6: Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
May 7: 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin wins in 2:04.8
May 7: Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of nazi-Germany "undesired strangers"
May 8: Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks," premieres in Washington, D.C.
May 10: Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam
May 12: Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
May 14: 64th Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8
May 14: English soccer team beats Nazi-Germany, 6-3
May 15: Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium
May 16: 1st animal breeding society forms in New Jersey
May 16: 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire in Atlanta, Georgia
May 16: In cricket Bradman scores 278 Australia vs. MCC, 349 minutes, 35 fours 1 six
May 17: Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
May 17: Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
May 21: Bradman scores 143 Australia vs. Surrey, 198 minutes, 11 fours
May 22: Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
May 26: House on un-American Activities forms
May 28: Foundation for Tel Aviv harbor laid
May 28: Hindemiths opera "Mathis der Maler," premieres in Zurich
May 30: Yankees sweep Red Sox 10-0 and 5-4 in front of 83,533 at Yankee Stadium
May 31: Bill Edrich scores his 1,000th run of cricket season, all at Lord's


June 1: Protective baseball helmets 1st worn by batters
June 1: Superman 1st appears in DC Comics' Action Comics Series issue #1
June 3: German law on "Entartete Art" legalizes art robbery
June 4: 10th Walker Cup: Britain - Ireland, 7 - 4
June 4: 70th Belmont: James Stout aboard Pasteurized wins in 2:29.6
June 7: 1st play telecast with original Broadway cast, "Susan and God"
June 7: Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat 1st flown, Eddie Allen
June 9: Second Chamber agrees to return Jews to nazi-Germany
June 10: Charlie Barnett makes 98 by lunch vs. Australia at Trent Bridge
June 11: 42nd U.S. Golf Open: Ralph Guldahl shoots a 284 at Cherry Hills Denver
June 11: Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer no-hits Boston Braves, 3-0
June 11: Compton scores 1st Test Cricket ton (102 vs. Australia) aged 20 years 19 days
June 11: Earthquake in Belgium
June 11: England declare at 8 for 658 vs. Australia at Trent Bridge
June 13: Great Cricket innings of 232 by Stan McCabe vs. England at Trent Bridge
June 13: Jews injured and property destroyed in Przemyal Poland
June 14: Bradman scores 144* in 1st Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
June 14: Chlorophyll patented by Benjamin Grushkin
June 14: Dorothy Lathrop wins 1st Caldecott Medal, kid books author
June 15: 1st night game at Brooklyn Ebbets Field (Reds 6, Dodgers 0) as Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer hurls unprecedented 2nd consecutive no-hitter
June 16: Jimmie Foxx is walked a record 6 consecutive times by Browns
June 16: St. Louis Browns walk Boston Red Sox Jimmy Foxx 6 times in a row
June 17: Japan declares war on China
June 18: Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season
June 19: Italy beats Hungary 4-1 in soccer's 3rd World Cup at Paris
June 19: "Olympian Flyer" express train crashes in Montana, killing 47
June 19: Paul Waner (Pirates) homers off Pete Sivess (Phillies) in DH
June 19: Reds Johnny Vander Meer extends his string of hitless innings to 21 2/3 before Debs Garms singles for Boston in 4th
June 21: Baseball's Pinky Higgins gets 12th straight hit
June 21: Bradman scores 101* in 77 minutes, Australia vs. Lancashire
June 22: Joe Louis KOs Max Schmeling at 2:04 of 1st round at Yankee Stadium
June 23: Civil Aeronautics Authority (U.S.) established
June 23: Marineland opens in Florida-1st aquarium
June 23: New York City Mayor LaGuardia assigns 21 cops to patrol subway
June 24: 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
June 25: "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1
June 25: Federal minimum wage law guarantees workers 40 cents per hour
June 26: Cincinnati Red Lonny Frey hits 8 doubles in a doubleheader
June 28: Bradman scores 102* in drawn 2nd Test cricket at Lord's
June 30: Final game at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl, Giants beat Phillies 14-1


July 1: 58th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Don Budge beats Henry Austin (61 60 63)
July 2: 51st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (64 60)
July 4: 1st game at Shribe Park, Philadelphia; Braves beat Phillies 10-5
July 4: France-Turkish friendship treaty
July 5: Herb Caen's 1st column in San Francisco Chronicle
July 6: 6th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
July 8: Would be start of Eng/Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout
July 10: Howard Hughes flies around the world in 91 hours
July 10: "Yankee Clipper" completes 1st passenger flight over Atlantic
July 13: Kroller-Muller museum opens in Holland
July 14: Mussolini publishes anti-Jewish/African manifest
July 15: Arthur Fagg completes 244 and 202 in the same cricket game for Kent
July 16: 21st PGA Championship: Paul Runyan at Shawnee CC Shawnee-on-Del Pa
July 17: Douglas (Wrong Way) Corrigan leaves New York for LA, wound up in Ireland
July 18: Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan arrives in Ireland-left New York for California
July 20: Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan withdraws
July 21: Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London
July 23: Bradman scores 103 in 178 minutes on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test
July 25: Jewish artisans not allowed in Germany
July 25: Revolutionary offensive of Ebro Spain (Hollander Piet)
July 26: 1st radio broadcast of "Young Widder Brown" on NBC
July 28: 34,000-ton Cunard-White Star liner Mauretania launched at Birkenhead
July 28: Bradman scores 202 Australia vs. Somerset, 225 minutes, 32 fours
July 29: Comic strip "Dennis the Menace," 1st appears
July 29: Olympic National Park forms
July 30: General Metaxas names himself premier of Greece
July 31: New York Yankees suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio he'd "hit every colored person in Chicago over head with a club"


August 2: 1st test of a yellow baseball (Dodgers vs Cardinals)
August 5: 33rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (3-2)
August 7: 2 die in a New York City subway accident
August 7: Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run
August 7: Nazi's close theologic department of Innsbruck university
August 10: 119 degrees F (48 degrees C), Pendleton, Oregon (state record)
August 14: BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)
August 17: 1st aircraft owned by Forest Service in service (Oakland)
August 17: Henry Armstrong won his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
August 18: Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting U.S. and Canada
August 20: Lou Gehrig hits record 23rd and last grand slam
August 21: Italy bars all Jewish teachers in Public and High School
August 23: England score 7-903 decl vs. Australia Hutton 364
August 24: England beat Australia by an innings and 579 runs at The Oval
August 24: Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball-for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game
August 26: British leaders and Arabians fight in Palestine
August 26: Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL
August 27: Yankees Monte Pearson no-hits Indians 13-0, DiMaggio hits 3 triples
August 28: Mauthausen concentration camp opens in Austria
August 28: Northwestern U awards honorary degree to dummy Charlie McCarthy
August 28: On Connie Mack Day at Shibe Park, the A's win a doubleheader
August 31: 5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250)


September 1: Mussolini cancels civil rights of Italian Jews
September 3: 1940 Olympic site changed from Tokyo Japan to Helsinki Finland
September 4: Vainio Muinonen wins 2nd European marathoner (2:37:28.8)
September 6: Wilhelmina celebrates 40th anniversary jubilee as Dutch queen
September 12: Adolph Hitler demands self-determination for Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia
September 13: Alexander Cartwright selects to Baseball's Hall of Fame
September 14: Graf Zeppelin II, world's largest airship, makes maiden flight
September 15: British Prime Minister Chamberlain visits Hitler at Berchtesgarden
September 15: John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 350.2 MPH (lasts 1 day)
September 15: Only time brothers hit back-to-back home runs (Lloyd and Paul Waner, Pitts)
September 16: George E T Eyston sets world auto speed record at 357.5 MPH
September 17: 52nd U.S. Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (60 63)
September 17: 58th U.S. Mens Tennis: J Donald Budge beats C Gene Mako (63 68 62 61)
September 17: British premier Neville Chamberlain leaves Munich
September 17: Don Budge wins U.S. Tennis open and completes Grand Slam
September 18: Despite losing a double header, Yankees clinch pennant #10
September 20: Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres
September 20: Emlyn Williams' "Corn is Green," premieres in London
September 21: Hurricane (183 MPH winds) in New England kills 700
September 21: Winston Churchill condemns Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia
September 23: British premier Neville Chamberlain flies to Munich
September 23: Time capsule, to be opened in 6939, buried at World's Fair in New York City (capsule contained a woman's hat, man's pipe and 1,100' of microfilm)
September 24: Alice Marble wins her 2nd singles U.S. tennis title
September 24: Don Budge becomes 1st tennis player to grand slam
September 26: Hitler issues ultimatum to Czechoslovakian government, demanding Sudenten Land
September 27: British ocean liner "Queen Elizabeth," launches at Clydebank Scotland
September 27: Jewish lawyers forbidden to practice in Germany
September 27: League of Nations declares Japan the aggressor against China
September 27: Ocean liner Queen Elizabeth launched at Glasgow
September 28: Clare Boothe's "Boys Goodbye," premieres in New York City
September 28: Dutch Premier Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"
September 29: 1st archival course is offered at Columbia University in New York City
September 29: Treaty of Munich signed by Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier and Chamberlain
September 30: British premier Chamberlain arrives in Munich
September 30: Munich Agreement-forced Czechoslovakia to give territory to Germany


October 1: Cubs clinch NL pennant
October 1: Germany annexes Sudetenland (1/3 of Czechoslovakia)
October 2: Indian Bob Feller strikes out record 18 Tigers (Chester Laabs 5 times)
October 6: Yankees Lefty Gomez sets record of 6 World Series wins without a loss
October 7: Germany demands all Jewish passports stamped with letter J
October 8: G Kaufman and Moss Hart's "Fabulous Invalid," premieres in New York City
October 9: A Copland and E Lorings ballet "Billy the Kid," premieres in Chicago
October 9: Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears play a penalty free NFL game
October 9: New York Yankees sweep Cubs in 35th World Series, 3rd straight WS win
October 10: Germany completed annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland
October 10: Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st String Quartet
October 14: Nazis plan Jewish ghettos for all major cities
October 15: Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," premieres in New York City
October 21: Japanese troops occupies Canton
October 22: Chester Carlson demonstrates 1st Xerox copying machine
October 24: U.S. forbids child labor in factories
October 25: Japanese troops occupies Hankou and Wuhan
October 26: Du Pont named its new synthetic fiber "nylon"
October 27: DuPont announces its new synthetic fiber will be called "nylon"
October 28: Farewell parade of International Brigade (Barcelona)
October 30: Orson Welles panics a nation with broadcast of "War of the Worlds"


November 1: German colonel-general Gerd von Runstedt retires
November 1: NL batting champ Ernie Lombardi is named MVP
November 1: Seabiscuit beats War Admiral in a match race at Pimlico
November 2: Babe Ruth applies for job of St. Louis Browns' manager
November 2: Jimmie Foxx wins his 3rd AL MVP
November 5: Ottawa Roughriders score on 5-man, 4-lateral, 65-yard punt return
November 5: Rugers beats Princeton 1st time in 60 years as Rutgers Stad dedicated
November 6: 3 DiMaggio brothers play together for 1st time, charity all star game
November 8: 1st black woman legislator, Crystal Bird Fauset of Philadelphia
November 9: Al Capp, cartoonist of Lil' Abner creates Sadie Hawkins Day
November 9: Crystal Night - Germans break windows owned by Jews
November 10: 8.3 earthquake shakes East of Shumagin Islands, Alaska
November 10: Nobel for literature awarded to Pearl Buck (Good Earth)
November 11: German and Austrian Jewish suffer 1 billion Mark damage in nazi
November 11: Kristallnacht; Jews forced to wear Star of David
November 12: Hermann Goering announces he wants Madagascar as a Jewish homeland
November 13: America's 1st saint, Mother Frances Cabrini, beatified
November 14: Dutch DC3 crashes at Schiphol, 6 die
November 15: 1st telecast of an unscheduled event (fire), W2XBT, New York
November 15: Farewell Parade of International Brigades in Barcelona
November 16: K B Regiment refuses round-table conference in East-India
November 17: Italy passes their own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
November 20: 1st documented anti-semitic remarks over U.S. radio (by Father Coughlin)
November 21: Belgian king Leopold III visits Netherlands
November 21: Nazi forces occupy western Czechoslovakia and declared them German citizens
November 24: Clifford Odets' "Rocket to the Moon," premieres in New York City
November 24: National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball
November 28: 4th Heisman Trophy Award: Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian (quarterback)
November 29: Mayor Oud of Rotterdam forbids soccer match between Netherlands-Germany
November 30: Fascist coup in Romania, fails
November 30: Germany bans Jews being lawyers


December 1: School bus and train collide in Salt Lake City Utah
December 3: AAU's decides to continue linear measuring system over metric
December 6: 117 Spanish knights under Captain Piet Laros return to Netherlands
December 6: French/German non-attack treaty drawn (Ribbentrop-Bonnet Pact)
December 7: Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns," premieres in New York City
December 7: W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St. Louis Post-Dispatch by radio
December 8: Highest temperature for December in U.S. recorded in La Mesa California
December 8: LP Beria follows Nikolai Jezjov as head of Russian secret police
December 10: 26th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
December 10: Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Zen teacher, Rinzai line, enters Zen priesthood
December 11: New York Giants win NFL championship
December 13: Los Angeles freezes at 28 degrees F
December 14: AL permits Cleveland and Philadelphia to play night games
December 14: Major leagues agrees on standard ball
December 14: Major leagues disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25
December 14: Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president
December 15: Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
December 16: Bradman scores 143 South Australia vs. NSW, 11 fours 91 singles
December 17: Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire
December 20: Vladimir K Zworykin (Penn) receives patent on Iconoscope TV system
December 23: Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire in filming of "Wizard of Oz"
December 25: George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara
December 26: Bradman scores 225 South Australia vs. Qld before Christ gets him out
December 26: Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England vs. South Africa
December 28: Paul Gibb scores 106 on Test Cricket debut vs. South Africa
December 29: Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins
December 30: Electronic television system patented by V. K. Zworykin
December 31: Dr. R N Harger's "drunkometer," 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana
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