Pop Culture Madness!
Pop Culture Madness!

Pop Culture Madness!



January Trivia
February Trivia
March Trivia
April Trivia
May Trivia
June Trivia
July Trivia
August Trivia
September Trivia
October Trivia
November Trivia
December Trivia
US Patents 1790-1836
2016 Trivia & History
2015 Trivia & History
2014 Trivia & History
2013 Trivia & History
2012 Trivia & History
2011 Trivia & History
2010 Trivia & History
2009 Trivia & History
2008 Trivia & History
2007 Trivia & History
2006 Trivia & History
2005 Trivia & History
2004 Trivia & History
2003 Trivia & History
2002 Trivia & History
2001 Trivia & History
2000 Trivia & History
1999 Trivia & History
1998 Trivia & History
1997 Trivia & History
1996 Trivia & History
1995 Trivia & History
1994 Trivia & History
1993 Trivia & History
1992 Trivia & History
1991 Trivia & History
1990 Trivia & History
1989 Trivia & History
1988 Trivia & History
1987 Trivia & History
1986 Trivia & History
1985 Trivia & History
1984 Trivia & History
1983 Trivia & History
1982 Trivia & History
1981 Trivia & History
1980 Trivia & History
1979 Trivia & History
1978 Trivia & History
1977 Trivia & History
1976 Trivia & History
1975 Trivia & History
1974 Trivia & History
1973 Trivia & History
1972 Trivia & History
1971 Trivia & History
1970 Trivia & History
1969 Trivia & History
1968 Trivia & History
1967 Trivia & History
1966 Trivia & History
1965 Trivia & History
1964 Trivia & History
1963 Trivia & History
1962 Trivia & History
1961 Trivia & History
1960 Trivia & History
1959 Trivia & History
1958 Trivia & History
1957 Trivia & History
1956 Trivia & History
1955 Trivia & History
1954 Trivia & History
1953 Trivia & History
1952 Trivia & History
1951 Trivia & History
1950 Trivia & History
1949 Trivia & History
1948 Trivia & History
1947 Trivia & History
1946 Trivia & History
1945 Trivia & History
1944 Trivia & History
1943 Trivia & History
1942 Trivia & History
1941 Trivia & History
1940 Trivia & History
1939 Trivia & History
1938 Trivia & History
1937 Trivia & History
1936 Trivia & History
1935 Trivia & History
1934 Trivia & History
1933 Trivia & History
1932 Trivia & History
1931 Trivia & History
1930 Trivia & History
1929 Trivia & History
1928 Trivia & History
1927 Trivia & History
1926 Trivia & History
1925 Trivia & History
1924 Trivia & History
1923 Trivia & History
1922 Trivia & History
1921 Trivia & History
1920 Trivia & History

1937 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

<< - 1936

1937 History Snapshot

  • Aviation: In July, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappearred after taking off from New Guinea during Earhart's attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world.
  • Music: Strange Fruit, one of the first banned protest songs, was written as a poem by Abel Meeropol.
  • Influential Songs include: One O'Clock Jump by Count Basie
  • The Big Movies included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Saratoga and A Star is Born
  • Price of a gallon of gas in 1937: 16 cents
  • The World Population was ~ 2,268,000,000
  • When broadcasting pioneer Guglielmo Marconi (April 25, 1874- July 20, 1937) died, radio stations the world over went silent for two minutes in tribute.
  • Sylvan Goldman introduced the Shopping Cart in 1937.
  • And... The animated short Porky's Duck Hunt, directed by Tex Avery, featuring the debut of Daffy Duck, was released.

World Series Champions

New York Yankees

NFL Champions

Washington Redskins

Stanley Cup Champions

Detroit Red Wings

US Open Golf

Ralph Guldahl

US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)

J. Donald Budge/Anita Lizana

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Don Budge/Dorothy Round

NCAA Football Champions

Pittsburgh

Bowl Games

Orange Bowl: January 1, 1937 - Duquesne over Mississippi State
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1937 - Pittsburgh over Washington
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1937 - Santa Clara over LSU

Kentucky Derby

War Admiral

Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog

Flornell Spicy Piece of Halleston

Time Magazine's Men of the Year

Chiang Kai-shek
Soong May-ling

Miss America

Bette Cooper (Bertrand Island, NJ)

Fashion Icons and Movie Stars

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

"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.

Speaking in the House of Commons in 1937, Winston Churchill said, "I will not pretend that, if I had to choose between communism and Nazism, I would choose communism

1937 Pop Culture History

Adriana Caselotti was only paid $970 ($15,913 today) to voice Snow White in the 1937 film. She was also contractually prevented from appearing in anything else, including radio shows, virtually ending her career. Her only other roles are uncredited.

The 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.

In 1937, map makers from General Drafting added a made up town called Agloe, NY, to their map to know who copied their design. In the 1950's, a visitor to the area settled there, thus making the town a real place.

Before the inception of Marvel Comics, founding publisher Martin Goodman was about to board the Hindenburg airship but instead boarded an airplane as his and his wife's seats were not together. So had he boarded the airship, Marvel Comics, with Spider-Man, The Avengers, Fantastic Four and The X-Men might not have existed.

The first manned North Pole station was established by the Russians in 1937. It operated for 9 months, during which it drifted almost 1800 miles.

The 1937 Best Supporting Actress Oscar went to Alice Brady for her role in In Old Chicago, but she couldn't attend the ceremony, so a man walked up and accepted the award on her behalf. After the show, he and the Oscar were never seen again.

There is such thing as a Santa School, training Santas since 1937.

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

Samuel Caldwell was the first person in America to be arrested for selling marijuana. Arrested in 1937 for selling two joints, he was sentenced to a $1000 fine and four years of hard labor. This happened in Denver Colorado, where it was legalized in 2012.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been guarded every minute since midnight July 2, 1937.

National Geographic published "Changing Berlin", which painted a positive portrait of the city. Later it was known that the author was on Goebbels' payroll, Hitler's minister of propaganda. The magazine also published "Imperial Rome Reborn," an article on Mussolini's Italy this year.

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).

The Seven Dwarves weren't always Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful, Doc, Sleepy, Dopey and Happy. In a 1912 Broadway play they were Blick, Flick, Glick, Plick, Quee, Snick, and Whick.

During a flood in 1937 the Brown Hotel in Louisville was partially submerged and a worker caught a two-pound fish in the lobby.

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.

In 1937 the US had 42% of total global warmaking potential (ability of factories and industries to produce weapons and supplies), as much as Germany, the USSR, the UK, and Japan combined. Its economy grew 15% annually during WW2; the US ended the war with more than 50% of global GNP.

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

The first city in North America to use "911" for emergency calls was Winnipeg, in Canada, in 1937, but it didn't come into wide-spread use throughout the continent until the 1980's.

The first emergency chocolate ration bar commissioned by the US Army was the D ration Bar. The Army approached Hersheys Chocolate in 1937 with 4 requirements: The bar must (1) weigh 4oz. (2) be high in food energy (3) withstand high temperatures & (4) taste "a little better than a boiled potato".

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

Ken Daigneau, brother of a Hormel company executive, in 1937 won a $100 prize in a competition to name a new item that would come to be known as SPAM.

In 1906 J.J. Thomson won a Nobel prize for proving the electron was a particle. Then in 1937, his son, G.P. Thomson, won a Nobel prize for proving the electron was a wave.

The idea that eating spinach makes you stronger (like Popeye) is due to a calculation error made in 1870. It was noticed and corrected in 1937, but the reputation lives on...

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi who won the 1937 Nobel Prize for medicine for his discovery of Vitamin C initially tried to name the molecule 'godnose', as he was unaware of its structure.

Ray-Ban sunglasses were made for US 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.

William Randolph Hearst used his influence to help push marijuana tax act 1937 to squash the hemp industry to protect his paper making business. Basically halting use of hemp one of the worlds strongest natural fibers just for his personal profit.

President FDR proposed to add up to 6 additional members of the Supreme Court because he disagreed with the court's decisions. They were not added.

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:


RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News

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 the county's largest tourist attraction where they starred in movies, product ads, had dolls made after them, and had 3,000 daily visitors through exhibit glass.

During the Battle of Nanking, two Japanese officers, Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyoshi Noda, held a contest to be the first to kill 100 people with a sword. Both were later executed on war crimes charges. The actual contest numbers may have been an exaggeration.

A gas leak in the basement at the local school in New London, Texas caused a massive explosion which killed almost 300 children and teachers, the deadliest school disaster in US history.

So many people disappeared during Stalin's reign that, in 1937, the phone book in Moskva was cancelled.

105 people died after an American pharmaceutical company, the S.E. Massengill Company, sold a raspberry flavored drug elixir, Elixir of Sulfanilamide, prepared using diethylene glycol. The company's head chemist was not aware that diethylene glycol was known to be poisonous. The incident hastened final enactment in 1938 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the statute that today remains the basis for FDA regulation of these products..

Movie Star Death: Marie Prevost (malnutrition)

Heroic Person Death: Amelia Earhart (plane lost flying over the Pacific Ocean). 15-year-old Betty Klenck possibly picked up an emergency radio transmission from Amelia Earhart who appeared to have crashed-landed somewhere. To this day, her body was never officially recovered/identified.

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.
Ed Wood, considered one of the worst directors of all time, filmed, with his first camera, the Hindenberg flying over his hometown of Poughkeepsie before its historic crash in Lakehurst, NJ.

Arthur John Priest, who served on the 'Asturias', the 'Titanic', the 'Olympic', the 'Alcantra', the 'Britannic' and, finally, the "Donegal'. All of these ships sank, except the 'Olympic', which crashed into another ship. Arthur died in 1937 of pneumonia. On land.

Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts

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

Travel + Leisure began publication

The Habit

(Still) Reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Popular Music Artists

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1937 include:
Gus Arnheim & His Orchestra, Fred Astaire, Mildred Bailey, Connee Boswell, Larry Clinton and His Orchestra, Bing Crosby, Bob Crosby and His Orchestra, Dolly Dawn & Her Dawn Patrol, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra , Duke Ellingon, Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm, Jan Garber and His Orchestra, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Mal Hallett & His Orchestra, Horace Heidt and His Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Sammy Kaye, Hal Kemp and His Orchestra, Wayne King and His Orchestra, Andy Kirk and His 12 Clouds of Joy, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra, Abe Lyman and His California Orchestra, Russ Morgan, Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra, Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees, Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Fats Waller

Charts based on Billboard music charts

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 History Resources

Popular Music in 1937
# 1 Hits of 1937
 
 
Pop Culture News
 
 


 
Pop-Culture.us is part of the Pop Culture Madness network - your complete Trivia and entertaining news resource.
Our motto: "All The Pop Culture News That Fits, We Print!"

The facts listed are true to the best of our knowledge and should be considered by readers to be a starting point to learn more about American Popular Culture. Please send and additions or corrections to Editor @popculturemadness.com.
Everything else © copyright 1999-2020 Pop Culture Madness, unless stated otherwise.

By the way, PCM does NOT allow frequent Pop up ads, Pop under ads, or sneaky spyware. Nor do we link to sites that have excessive Pop-ups, spyware or inappropriate (all ages) material. If you find one, please let us know and they are toast!
Also, since we don't "sell out" to those Pop-up advertisers, and we're too proud (so far) to ask for donations, we'd like to proudly point out some of our carefully chosen advertisers throughout the site. They have some cool stuff that should be sitting in your room, or wrapped like a present for a friend.
Please check 'em out!

pop, as in 'popular' :(adjective) Pertaining to the common people, or the people as a whole as distinguished from any particular class.
Having characteristics attributed to the common people and intended for or suited to ordinary people.

culture:(noun) That which is excellent in the arts.
A particular stage of civilization. The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.

madness: (noun) The state of being mad. insanity, senseless folly, intense excitement or enthusiasm.
Privacy Statement/Contact
TL;DR - Privacy Statement: We will not sell, give or share any personal information, including e-mail addresses, of any of our visitors to anyone outside of Pop Culture Madness. com or our affiliated network sites. We do not accept any stealth or spyware advertisers or third party sponsors of such programs. Pop Culture Madness. com and affiliated sites do not send spam, offer get-rich-quick schemes, offer or suggest "enhancement" devices or medications via e-mail.


For purposes of Review, we often (usually) get samples, press access and other 'inside information.'
Take that into account when you read a positive (or negative) Review, on PCM or anywhere on the internet.
PCM does use third-party advertising companies, such as google, to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies,
click here.
Web Design by PCM Agency.