1937 - Bill's Birth Year

Here are some fun facts about Bill's birth year.
Read this and marvel how drastically things have changed in 80+ years.

The average annual income was $1,788.
The average cost of a new car was $760.00.
The average cost of a new house was $4,100.00.
A loaf of bread cost 9¢.
A gallon of milk cost 50¢.
A pound of hamburger cost 12¢.
A gallon of gasoline cost 10¢.
Dow Jones Average was 166. (That is not a typo!)
The average cost to rent a house was $26.00 per month.
Life expectancy was 59.7 years.
The Lincoln Tunnel opened in New York City.
The coronation of King George VI took place at Westminster Abbey.
The Golden Gate Bridge opened.
The Hindenburg disaster happened on May 6, 1937.
The first blood bank opened in Chicago.
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana premiered in Frankfurt, Germany.
Amelia Earhart disappeared during her attempt to fly around the world.
Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opened and became a smash hit.
Arturo Toscanini conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra on the radio for the first time.
Ronald Reagan made his film acting debut.
U.S. President was Franklin D. Roosevelt.
General Secretary of the Central Committee of Russia/Soviet Union was Joseph Stalin.
German Chancellor was Adolf Hitler.
Prime Minister of Italy was Benito Mussolini.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was Neville Chamberlain.

The following people were born in 1937 (listed in order of their birth dates): Margaret O'Brien, Vanessa Redgrave, Suzanne Pleshette, Philip Glass, Tom Smothers, Roberta Flack, Warren Beatty, Colin Powell, Merle Haggard, Jack Nicholson, Frankie Valli, George Carlin, Madeleine Albright, Morgan Freeman, Waylon Jennings, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ned Beatty, Bill Cosby, Dustin Hoffman, Johnnie Cochran, Jane Fonda.

The following people died in 1937 (listed in order of their death dates): Charles-Marie Widor, Austen Chamberlain, John D. Rockefeller, Jean Harlow, George Gershwin, Guglielmo Marconi, Louis Vierne, Maurice Ravel.

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