1938 in History – What happened in year 1938


In history, year 1938 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1938.

Know what happened in 1938:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
07 AugustThe Holocaust-Prisoners from Dachau concentration camp weresent to begin construction of Mauthausen-Gusen (entrance pictured), oneof the largest labour camp complexes in German-occupied Europe.
14 OctoberOne of the most-produced American fighter aircraft, the CurtissP-40 Warhawk (pictured), made its first flight in Buffalo, New York.
16 January Benny Goodman's concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall was instrumental in establishing jazz as a legitimate form of music.
16 November Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann first synthesized the psychedelicdrug LSD at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
21 September The Great New England Hurricane made landfall on Long Island,New York, killing at least 500 people and injuring about 700 others.
24 July A combined German–Austrian team became the first team toclimb the north face of the Eiger, one of the six great north faces ofthe Alps.
16 DecemberAdolf Hitler instituted the Cross of Honour of the GermanMother as an order of merit for Imperial German women.
23 DecemberA South African fisher discovered the first living specimen ofa coelacanth, long believed to be extinct.
16 NovemberSwiss chemist Albert Hofmann first synthesized the psychedelicdrug LSD (3D representation of molecule pictured) at the SandozLaboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
21 SeptemberThe Great New England Hurricane made landfall on Long Island,New York, killing at least 500 people and injuring about 700 others.
07 AugustPrisoners from Dachau concentration camp were sent to beginconstruction of Mauthausen, which would later be part of one of thelargest labour camp complexes in German-occupied Europe.
26 MayThe House Un-American Activities Committee was established toinvestigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities by people ororganizations suspected of having communist or fascist ties.
18 AprilSuperman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, made hisdebut in Action Comics #1, the first true superhero comic book.
11 FebruaryThe BBC aired an adaptation of Karel Capek's play R.U.R., thefirst science fiction television programme ever broadcast.
16 JanuaryBenny Goodman performed a concert at New York City's CarnegieHall which has been considered instrumental in establishing jazz as alegitimate form of music.
08 NovemberKristallnacht began as SA stormtroopers and civilians destroyedand ransacked Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues in Germany andAustria, resulting in at least 90 deaths and the deportation of over25,000 others to concentration camps.
30 OctoberThe radio drama The War of the Worlds, based on the science fiction novella by English writer H. G. Wells, frightened many listeners in the United States into believing that an actual Martian invasion wasin progress.
18 AprilSuperman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, made hisdebut in Action Comics #1, the first true superhero comic book.
16 JanuaryBenny Goodman performed a concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall which has been considered instrumental in establishing jazz as a legitimate form of music.
18 AprilSuperman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, made his debut in Action Comics 1, the first true superhero comic book.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1938:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 AugustPaul Jenkins / Actor / United States of America
03 OctoberEddie Cochran / Writer / United States of America
07 AprilFreddie Hubbard / Composer / United States of America
08 AprilJohn Hamm / Politician / Canada
08 OctoberWalter Gretzky / Author / Canada
09 DecemberDimitrios Trichopoulos / Scientist / Greece
11 MayJeanne Little / Television Personality / Australia
12 January Teresa del Conde / Historian / Mexico
14 OctoberJohn Dean / Author / United States of America
16 NovemberRobert Nozick / Author / United States of America
18 February Peter Dimond / Rugby Player / Australia
20 March Sergei Novikov / Academic / Russia
24 AugustMason Williams / Guitarist / United States of America
25 January Etta James / Singer / United States of America
27 JulyGary Gygax / Game Designer / United States of America
28 AprilMadge Sinclair / Actress / United States of America
29 AprilBernard Madoff / Business Man / United States of America
30 OctoberMorris Lurie / Writer / Australia
30 March John Barnhill / Basketball Player / United States of America
30 March Klaus Schwab / Engineer / Germany

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1938:

YearName / Profession / Country
19 JulyJayant Narlikar / Astronomer / India
25 February Farokh Engineer / Cricketer / India
NA NAOm Shivpuri / Actor / India
25 OctoberChitra Mudgal / Writer / India
04 February Birju Maharaj / Choreographer / India
10 JuneRahul Bajaj / Politician / India
15 AugustPran Kumar Sharma / Cartoonist / India
26 MayK. Bikram Singh / Producer / India
19 MayGirish Karnad / Actor / India
05 AprilHukam Singh / Politician / India
15 AugustSuresh Saraiya / Commentator / India
15 January Chuni Goswami / Cricketer / India
20 DecemberJayawantiben Mehta / Politician / India
15 AugustPran Kumar Sharma / Cartoonist / India
08 MayJaved Burki / Cricketer / India
18 March Shashi Kapoor / Actor / India
01 JanuaryGanapathi Thanikaimoni / Scientist / India
01 JulyHariprasad Chaurasia / Composer / India
10 JuneVasanti N. Bhat-Nayak / Academic / India
29 AprilE. Ahmed / Politician / India

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