Category Archives: 1930s

‘Captains Courageous’ premieres in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1937)


Video: 'Captains Courageous' trailer

(Thursday, May 11, 1937, 8:45 p.m. EDT)Captains Courageous, an adventure film about a spoiled rich boy who is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat, where hard work and responsibility help him become a man, had its world premiere tonight at the Astor theater in New York City. Continue reading ‘Captains Courageous’ premieres in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1937)

FDR and LBJ meet in Galveston, Texas 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1937)


Video: 'PBS LBJ Part 1' (1937 campaign at 5:38)

(Saturday, May 11, 1937, 9:10 a.m. CDT) — One month after Lyndon B. Johnson, 28, was elected to Congress, his political hero, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, stopped today in Galveston, Texas, on his return from a fishing trip and posed with the new lawmaker and Governor James Allred. Continue reading FDR and LBJ meet in Galveston, Texas 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1937)

‘Oh, the humanity!’ 36 killed as German zeppelin Hindenburg bursts into flames 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 6 1937)


Video: 'Hindenburg Disaster Real Footage (1937)'

(Thursday, May 6, 1937, 7:25 p.m. EDT) — The hydrogen-filled German passenger airship Hindenburg burned and crashed tonight during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in Manchester Township, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground. Continue reading ‘Oh, the humanity!’ 36 killed as German zeppelin Hindenburg bursts into flames 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 6 1937)

‘Shall We Dance’ opens in Baltimore, Chicago 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 29 1937)


Video: 'Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - Let's Call The Whole Thing Off HQ'

(Thursday, April 29, 1937)Shall We Dance, the seventh of the ten Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical comedy films, opened today in Baltimore and Chicago. Continue reading ‘Shall We Dance’ opens in Baltimore, Chicago 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 29 1937)

German, Italian warplanes raid Basque town of Guernica 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1937)


Video: 'Bombing of Guernica 1937.-Spanish Civil War'

(Monday, April 26, 1937, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. CET) — German and Italian warplanes raided the Basque town of Guernica today during the Spanish Civil War, seen by many as the first large-scale modern air raid against an unarmed civilian population (between 150 and 1,650 people were killed). Continue reading German, Italian warplanes raid Basque town of Guernica 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1937)

Joseph Kennedy becomes Maritime Commission chairman 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 14 1937)


Video: 'American Experience The Kennedys 1' (Kennedy becomes Maritime Commission chair at 17:59)

(Wednesday, April 14, 1937, morning EST) — Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., the first chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was sworn in today as the first chairman of the United States Maritime Commission, one day after confirmation by the Senate. Continue reading Joseph Kennedy becomes Maritime Commission chairman 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 14 1937)

Johnson, backing Roosevelt’s court plan, wins seat in Congress in Texas election 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 10 1937)


Video: 'PBS LBJ Part 1' (1937 campaign at 4:45)

(Saturday, April 10, 1937) — Youthful Lyndon B. Johnson, who shouted his advocacy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan to add more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court all over Texas’ 10th congressional district, was elected today to the seat in Congress that covered Austin and the surrounding hill country. Continue reading Johnson, backing Roosevelt’s court plan, wins seat in Congress in Texas election 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 10 1937)

295+ students, teachers killed in natural gas explosion at Texas school 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 18 1937)


Video: '425 Children Perish in New London Texas School Explosion - 1937 Historic Footage'

(Thursday, March 18, 1937, 3:05-3:20 p.m. CST) — In America’s deadliest school disaster, more than 295 students and teachers were killed today in a natural gas explosion at the New London Consolidated School in Rusk County, Texas. Continue reading 295+ students, teachers killed in natural gas explosion at Texas school 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 18 1937)

Ronald Reagan takes a screen test in Hollywood 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1937)


Video: '26-Year-Old Ronald Reagan in Hollywood 1937'

(Monday, March 15, 1937) — While attending spring training on Catalina Island, California, with the Chicago Cubs, Ronald Reagan, 26, took a screen test today in Hollywood that led to a seven-year contract with Warner Bros.
Continue reading Ronald Reagan takes a screen test in Hollywood 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1937)

FDR puts court plan on basis of party loyalty, says problems cant wait 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1937)


Video: 'U.S.President Franklin D. Roosevelt castigates the Supreme Court at Democratic Pa...HD Stock Footage'

(Thursday, March 4, 1937, 10:30 p.m. EST) — U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt tonight put support for his plan to make over the Supreme Court squarely on the basis of party loyalty and responsibility. Continue reading FDR puts court plan on basis of party loyalty, says problems cant wait 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1937)