major events in 1937
1937 Major News Stories including Amelia Earhart, Hindenburg Disaster, Memorial Day Massacre, Joe Louis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dust Bowl Storms, Mississippi River Flooding .
How Much things cost in 1937
Average Cost of new house $4,100.00
Average wages per year $1,780.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents
Average Cost for house rent $26.00 per month
A loaf of Bread 9 cents
A LB of Hamburger Meat 12 cents
Average Price for new car $760.00
Toothpaste 35 cents
Couple of examples of houses advertised for sale
Port Authur, Texas — 5 room Cottage home and bath in town center $2,250
Mansfield, Ohio —- Colonial Brick Home 6 modern rooms and bath with open fireplace in living room $6,000
July 29, 1937: Japanese forces occupy Peiping.
June 1938: In a remarkably ill-advised attempt to bog down invading Japanese forces, Chiang Kai-shek orders the destruction of dikes along the Yellow River. The ensuing flood leaves two million homeless; destroys more than 4,000 cities, towns, and villages; and leads to a devastating famine.
William F. Prisk’s 53-year tenure at the helm of The Union ends when Robert T. Ingram and Earl Caddy, longtime staffers, bought out his interest. They retained control until 1968 when the Nevada County Publishing Company bought The Union. Ingram’s son, R. Peter Ingram, remained as editor and publisher for seven years.
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad abandoned, the victim of improved road transportation and rapidly rising operating costs. The rails and ties were taken up.
Mar 26 Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb’s advice and replaces his 40 oz bat with a 36 oz one
Feb 5 FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, “court packing” plan failed
In another major political development, 1937 was the year of the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. This was an extraordinary event, because King George VI ascended the throne after the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. George VI would lead the United Kingdom through the Second World War, and would be succeeded by Queen Elizabeth II, who eventually became the longest-reigning monarch in British history. The dramatic events surrounding the Coronation of King George VI were captured in the 2010 film, The King’s Speech.
This was the year that the Second Sino-Japanese War began. One might make a case that this marked the beginning of World War II, although the traditional consensus is that the war began in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland. Still, it is possible to view this as the beginning of World War II in Asia.