January 1938 calendar

January 1938

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1938.
The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Neville Chamberlain (Conservative), Pope Pius XI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1938: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1938?


  • 02 Jan 1938 Book publisher Simon and Schuster is founded.
  • 03 Jan 1938 The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 05 Jan 1938 US Justice George Sutherland retires from the US Supreme Court at age 75.
  • 06 Jan 1938 Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in the Bronx.
  • 07 Jan 1938 Joseph P. Kennedy is appointed American Ambassador to Great Britain, and Hugh R. Wilson is appointed Ambassador to Germany.
  • 11 Jan 1938 Frances Moulton is the first woman to become president of a U.S. national bank.
  • 12 Jan 1938 The German War Minister Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg marries Eva Gruhn in Berlin Hermann Göring is best man at the wedding.
  • 13 Jan 1938 The Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has its New York premiere, at Radio City Music Hall.
  • 14 Jan 1938 National Society for the Legalization of Euthanasia formed (New York).
  • 15 Jan 1938 Solicitor General Stanley Reed is appointed to the US Supreme Court.
  • 16 Jan 1938 Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing
  • 17 Jan 1938 Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman.
  • 18 Jan 1938 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to the Hall of Fame.
  • 19 Jan 1938 General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines.
  • 20 Jan 1938 King Farouk of Egypt marries Queen Farida Zulficar in Cairo.
  • 21 Jan 1938 Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance.
  • 22 Jan 1938 Thornton Wilder's play ''Our Town'' is performed for the first time anywhere in Princeton, New Jersey. It premieres in New York City on February 4.
  • 25 Jan 1938 A brilliant aurora borealis described variously as quota curtain of firequot and a quothuge blood-red beam of lightquot startles people across Europe and is visible as far south as Gibraltar.
  • 28 Jan 1938 The World Land Speed Record on a public road is broken by Rudolf Caracciola in the Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen at a speed of 432.7 kilometres per hour (268.9 mph).