Video: 'A Day at the Races' trailer
(Thursday, June 17, 1937, doors opened at 9:45 a.m. EDT) — A Day at the Races, the seventh film starring the three Marx Brothers, about a group of zanies who try to save a pretty girl’s sanitarium, opened today at Capitol theater in New York City. Continue reading ‘A Day at the Races’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 17 1937)
Video: 'TCM Star of the Month: Jean Harlow'
(Monday, June 7, 1937, 11:37 a.m. PDT) — American film actress and sex symbol Jean Harlow, 26, died today at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles of cerebral edema, a complication of kidney failure. Continue reading Film star Jean Harlow, 26, dies in Hollywood 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 7 1937)
Video: 'Wedding - Duke And Duchess Of Windsor (1937)'
(Thursday, June 3, 1937, noon CEST) — 42-year-old Edward, The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married twice-divorced, American-born Wallis Simpson, 40, today in a private ceremony at the Château de Candé in Monts, France. Continue reading Edward, The Duke of Windsor, marries Wallis Simpson in France 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 3 1937)
Video: 'The Golden Gate Bridge Opens - 1937 | Today in History | 27 May 16'
(Thursday, May 27, 1937, 6:00 a.m. PDT) — The Golden Gate Bridge, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world (until 1964) at 4,200 feet, linking San Francisco, California, to Marin County over the Golden Gate strait, was opened to pedestrian traffic today (vehicles began crossing the next day after President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could begin crossing the bridge). Continue reading San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 27 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)