What Happened in January 1934

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison
  • Jan 1 Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (US bank guarantor) effective
  • Jan 1 International Telecommunication Union established
  • Jan 1 Nazi Germany passes the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring".
  • Jan 1 20th Rose Bowl: Columbia beats Stanford, 7-0
  • Jan 2 1st state liquor stores open, in Pennsylvania

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Jan 2 Bradman scores 253 NSW v Queensland, 204 mins, 29 fours 4 sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 4 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange" premieres
  • Jan 5 Fenway Park catches fire for 2nd time (May 8th 1926 also)
  • Jan 5 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball
  • Jan 7 "Flash Gordon" comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts
  • Jan 8 Jaap Speyers "Bluejackets" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Jan 13 The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR.
  • Jan 15 8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 die

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Jan 15 Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jan 15 While robbing the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indianapolis, Dillinger is shot several times by officer William O'Malley, but survives because he is wearing a bullet proof vest.
  • Jan 17 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants
  • Jan 17 Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated
  • Jan 17 NY Giants reward MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract
  • Jan 18 Eugene O'Neill's "Days Without End" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 19 Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement
  • Jan 20 Japan sends Henry Pu Yi as regent to emperor of Manchuria
  • Jan 22 Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Lady MacBeth" premieres in Leningrad
  • Jan 26 Bradman scores 128 NSW v Victoria, 96 mins, 17 fours 4 sixes
  • Jan 26 Nazi Germany & Poland sign 10-year non-aggression treaty
  • Jan 26 The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.
  • Jan 27 French government of Chautemps falls (Stavisky Affair)
  • Jan 27 VARA refuses to hire after commemoration of Marinus Van de Lubbe
  • Jan 27 27th Women's Australian Championships: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Margaret Molesworth (6-1, 6-4)
  • Jan 27 27th Men's Australian Championships: Fred Perry beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 7-5, 6-1)
  • Jan 28 1st US ski tow (rope) begins operation (Woodstock, Vermont)
  • Jan 30 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, NYC
  • Jan 30 Bert Ironmonger ends Sheffield Shield career age 51 yrs 298 days

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Jan 30 Hitler proclamation on German unified states

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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Jan 31 FDR devalues US dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Bryan George Kelly, composer
  • Jan 3 Carla Hills, American lawyer and politician (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1975-77), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 4 Rudolf Schuster, President of Slovakia
  • Jan 5 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (d. 1971)
  • Jan 6 Bobby Lord, Sanford Fla, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
  • Jan 6 Harry M. Miller, Australian entrepreneur
  • Jan 6 Tassos Papadopoulos, president of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Jan 7 Charles Lamont Jenkins, American 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1956), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 7 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (d. 2002)
  • Jan 8 Jacques Anquetil, France, Tour de France cyclist (5-time winner)
  • Jan 8 Michael Grierson Jarrett, archaeologist
  • Jan 8 Piet Dankert, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Jan 8 Roy Kinnear, Lancashire England, actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers)
  • Jan 8 Gene Freese, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 8 Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 9 Bart Starr, NFL quarterback/coach (Green Bay)
  • Jan 9 Julian B Coco, Antilles, guitarist/tutor (Princess Christina)
  • Jan 10 Leonid Kravchuk, Ukrainian politician
  • Jan 11 Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare, Computer scientist

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Jan 11 Jean Chrétien, 20th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1993-2003), born in Shawinigan, Quebec

20th Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien
20th Prime Minister of Canada
Jean Chretien
  • Jan 12 Burdette Haldorson, US, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • Jan 12 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer
  • Jan 13 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Richard Briers, English actor, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 16 Bill Alexander, (Rep-D-AR, 1969- )
  • Jan 16 Marilyn Horne, Bradford, Pa, mezzo-soprano
  • Jan 16 Richard Wernick, composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Donald Cammell, film director
  • Jan 17 Shari Lewis, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 17 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • Jan 20 Tom Baker, English actor (fourth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool
  • Jan 21 Audrey Dalton, Irish actress

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Jan 22 Bill Bixby, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), born in San Francisco, California

Actor Bill Bixby
Actor
Bill Bixby
  • Jan 22 Graham Kerr, English-born chef (Galloping Gourmet)
  • Jan 23 Lou Antonio, actor (Barney-Snoop Sisters, Makin' It), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bourgault, Quebec politician and essayist (d. 2003)
  • Jan 24 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet (d. 1976)
  • Jan 25 Elizabeth Allen, actress (Laura-Bracken's World), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jan 26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American rhythm and blues pianist (Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu, Having a Good Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 26 Roger Landry, Quebec businessman and newspaper publisher
  • Jan 27 Donald Spiers, controller (Aircraft MoD)
  • Jan 27 Edithe Cresson, premier of France (1991-92)
  • Jan 27 Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Barcelona Spain, UNESCO director (1987- )
  • Jan 27 Julian Ogilvie Thompson, CEO (De Beers)
  • Jan 28 BR White, principal (Regent's Park College-Oxford)
  • Jan 28 Bill White, US, 1st baseman (Cards), announcer (Yanks) and NL President (1989-1994)
  • Jan 28 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai actor (d. 1970)
  • Jan 29 Noel Harrison, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 29 Paul Gutama Soegijo, composer
  • Jan 30 Tammy Grimes, actress (Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Jan 31 Brian Bolus, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
  • Jan 31 James Franciscus, Clayton Mo, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)
  • Jan 31 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 7 Princess Juliana marries German prince Bernhard von Lippe-Biesterfeld

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Jan 30 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello

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Jan 30 Painter Salvador Dali (30) weds Gala Dali (39) in a civil ceremony in Paris

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Jakob Wassermann, writer, dies at 60
  • Jan 6 Herbert Chapman, Legendary Manager of Arsenal and Huddersfield Town (b. 1878)
  • Jan 8 Alexandre Stavisky, French swindler, dies
  • Jan 8 Andrei Bely, Russian writer (b. 1880)
  • Jan 10 Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist, beheaded in Berlin at 24
  • Jan 12 Pawel Kochanski, Polish violinist, composer and arranger (b. 1887)
  • Jan 13 Jean-Baptiste Marchand, soldier/explorer (Sudan), dies at 70
  • Jan 13 Paul Ulrich Villard, French Chemist and Physicist who discovered gamma rays, dies at 73
  • Jan 15 Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), dies at 70
  • Jan 15 Patrick O'Malley, US policeman, killed by John Dillinger
  • Jan 16 Annie Patterson, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 19 Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 29 Fritz Haber, German chemist (Nobel 1918), dies at 65
  • Jan 30 Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (b. 1862)