70 FACTS ABOUT THE LADIES AUXILIARY 70th ANNIVERSARY
In 1937, the American economy took an unexpected nosedive that continued through most of 1938. Production declined sharply,
as did profits and employment. Unemployment jumped from 14.3% in 1937 to 19.0% in 1938. The Roosevelt administration reacted
by launching a rhetorical campaign against monopoly power, which was cast as the cause of the depression, and appointing Thurmon
Arnold to act; Arnold's effectiveness ended once World War II began and corporate energies had to be directed to winning the
war. On the up side, the Royal Oak Eagles Union Aerie 2092 was celebrating their11 anniversary when the Ladies Auxiliary came
in existance. Here are some interesting facts about 1937, the year the Auxiliary
1. US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. US Vice President John N. Garner
3. Bread: $0.09/loaf
4. Milk: $0.50/gal
5. Eggs: $0.56/doz
6. Car: $675
7. Gas: $0.20/gal
8. House: $6,622
9. Stamp: $0.03/ea10. Avg Income: $1,789/yr
11. DOW Avg: 121
12. BEST PICTURE: The Life of Emile Zola
13. BEST ACTOR: Spencer Tracy in Captains Courageous
14. BEST ACTRESS: Luise Rainer
15. The first issue of LOOK magazine goes
on sale in the United States.
16. Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los
Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 mins.
17. US. President Franklin D. Roosevelt begins second term.
18. - A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Automobile Workers Union
19. The first issue of the comic book Detective Comics is published in the United States. Twenty-seven issues later, Detective Comics would introduce
Batman. The comic would go on to become the longest continually-published comic magazine in American history;
it is still published as of 2007.
20. In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushes a button in Washington, DC signaling the start of vehicle traffic over the Golden Gate Bridge.
21. Wallis Simpson and Edward, Prince of Wales marry
22. Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter) dies at 26
23. Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over New Guinea during Earhart's attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world.
24. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. of London published the first edition of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
25. Mae West makes a risque guest appearance on the NBC Chase and Sanborn Hour that eventually results in her being banned from radio.
26. Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first feature-length animated cartoon, opens and becomes a smash hit.
27. The first coast-to-coast radio broadcast reports the explosion of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst, New Jersey28.
Joe Louis becomes world heavyweight champ by knocking out James J. Braddock.
29. Best Selling Fiction - Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
30. World Series Champions: New York Yankees
31. .NFL - Washington Redskins
32. NHL - Detroit Red Wings
33. .KY Derby - War Admiral
34. U.S. Open Golf - Ralph Guldahl
35. U.S. Open Tennis (Men) - Don Budge
36. U.S. Open Tennis (Women) - Anita Lizana
Celebrating 70 years also:
37. January 4 - Dyan Cannon, American actress