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Movie history events from 1937

Detective Jake Gittes gets his nose slashed while investigating a case involving adultery, murder and water rights. (Los Angeles, California) (Chinatown)

Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi, president of Nagatomi Corporation, born. (Japan) (Die Hard)

Vivi Abbot and her friends form the Ya Ya Sisterhood. (Louisiana) (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood)

China and Japan begin a state of undeclared war. (Empire of the Sun)

1937 Chris Craft is made. (Friends with Benefits)

Francesca and Kathryn Corleone born; Johnny Fontaine released from contract to bandleader Les Halley. (The Godfather)

Hitler joins the Thule Society, a collection of German aristocrats obsessed with the occult. (Hellboy)

Anthony Perkins' father dies from a heart attack. (Hitchcock)

Rance Holloway is born. (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone)

Joe Peretti is born. (Mermaids)

Joe Peretti is born. (Mermaids)

Mr Henderson dies, leaving his wife a widow. (England) (Mrs. Henderson Presents)

Amelia Earhart is lost at sea. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)

The Soggy Bottom Boys band is formed by Ulysses Everett McGill, Delmar O'Donnell & Pete from an escaped chain-gang. (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

Since the research into what can be done with marijuana is going nowhere, The United States government declares it illegal. (Pineapple Express)

Johnny Cash's father floats his family out from their home after a flood. (Arkansas) (Walk the Line)

Warner Brothers creates Daffy Duck. (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

Friday 5th February: "Modern Times" premieres in theatres. (Chaplin)

Saturday 20th March: Harry Vardon dies. (Totteridge, England) (The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Friday 26th March: Biff Tannen born. (Back to the Future Part II)

Wednesday 31st March: Ann Chester weds James "Piccadilly Jim" Crocker at St Michael's Cathedral. (New York, New York) (Piccadilly Jim)

Wednesday 12th May: King George VI is officially crowned (London, England) (The King's Speech)

June: Tim Donahue, the youngest of the Vaudeville family The Five Donahues, graduates from college. The family starts working on a new act. (There's No Business Like Show Business)

Thursday 3rd June: Edward VIII, no longer king, marries Wallis Warfield, the American divorcee for whom he abdicated the British throne. (France) (The Woman I Love)

Friday 11th June: Daisy gets into The School of American Ballet. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Friday 2nd July: Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan are reported missing. (near Howland Island, Pacific Ocean) (The Aviator)

Sunday 18th July: Verna Carson is born. (Newt, Texas) (Texas Chainsaw 3D)

Sunday 18th July: Verna Carson is born. (Newt, Texas) (Texas Chainsaw 3D)

Friday 8th October: Lord Peter Wimsey marries Harriet Vane. (Busman's Honeymoon)

Friday 5th November: High schooler Richard Samuels ditches school and hops a bus for New York City. There he impresses Orson Welles into casting him in the role of Lucius, Brutus' page, in his landmark modern-dress production of "Julius Caesar". (New York City, New York) (Me & Orson Welles)

Thursday 11th November: On the morning before opening night of the legendary modern-dress production of "Julius Caesar", young actor Richard Samuels boldly confronts his boss, director and star Orson Welles, jealously accusing Welles of sleeping with his girlfriend, John Houseman's assisent Sonja Jones. Welles fires him on the spot. Later that day, Welles amiably negoitates with Samuels to return for the opening night performance. The production is a critical triumph. That night at the after-party, Samuels learns from Joseph Cotten that Welles has replaced him for the run of the show. (New York City, New York) (Me & Orson Welles)

Sunday 14th November: 20 year-old Leonard Lowe becomes catatonic and is sent to Bainbridge Hospital in the Bronx. (New York) (Awakenings)

Sunday 5th December: Large Marge is born. (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)

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