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S. film industry's Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), hires former postmaster general Will H. Hays to administer an industrywide production code that will curtail on-screen displays of sexuality. 7 Nov. Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra is first performed in Baltimore in a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra. 20 Nov. The Children s Hour, by Lillian Hellman, premieres at Maxine Elliott's Theater in New York City, disturbing audiences with its references to a lesbian relationship.
Children of Darkness, by Edwin Justus Mayer, opens at New York's Biltmore Theater. 14 Jan. Bobby Clark and Red Nichols's Band — including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, and Jack Teagarden — perform songs by George and Ira Gershwin, such as "I've Got a Crush on You," in Strike Up the Band, which opens at New York's Times Square Theater. The musical is based on the book by George S. Kaufman. 18 Feb. Simple Simon, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, opens at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.
10 Feb. Pope Pius XI dies. 24 Feb. Hungary joins the Anti-Comintern pact. 27 Feb. Great Britain and France recognize Francisco Franco's regime as the government of Spain. 2 Mar. Papal diplomat Eugenio Pacelli becomes Pope Pius XII. 15 Mar. German troops occupy Bohemia and Moravia in violation of the 1938 Munich agreement. Hungary occupies Carpatho-Ukraine. Czechoslovakia ceases to exist. 18 Mar. Great Britain and France send envoys to the Soviet Union, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Turkey in an effort to form a military coalition against Germany.