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Major Events of 1937

1937 (Roman Numerals: MCMXXXVII) was the 37th year of the 20th century. 1937 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1937.
News Events of 1937

Golden Gate Bridge completed in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

Lincoln Tunnel opens in New York City.

Stalin begins purge of Red Army Generals.

Joseph Stalin

China and Japan go to war.

The Hindenburg disaster: The German airship, Hindenburg is destroyed by fire, 36 are killed.

The German Luftwaffe bombs Guernica in the Spanish civil war.

Neville Chamberlain becomes British Prime Minister.

Neville Chamberlain

London introduces the 999 telephone number, the world's first emergency telephone number.

The Hormel Foods Corporation introduces a new luncheon meat, Spam.

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is first published.

Sports in 1937

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