What Happened in August 1936

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Adolf Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Aug 1 Benjamin E Mays named president of Morehouse College
  • Aug 2 30th Tour de France won by Sylvere Maes of Belgium
  • Aug 4 Ioannis Metaxas names himself dictator of Greece

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Aug 5 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Aug 6 1st time in 20th century, 1st 2 batters in a game-Roy Johnson & Rabbit Warstler of Boston Bees-lead off with HRs
  • Aug 9 Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 10 114°F (46°C) at Plain Dealing, Louisiana (state record)
  • Aug 10 120°F (49°C) at Ozark, Arkansas (state record)
  • Aug 10 4th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 11 Chaing Kai-shek's troops conquers Kanton
  • Aug 12 120°F (49°C), Seymour, Texas (state record)
  • Aug 12 Demo baseball game at 1936 Olympics in Berlin, world beats US, 6-5
  • Aug 12 Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)
  • Aug 14 1st Olympic basketball game (Berlin)
  • Aug 14 Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.
  • Aug 16 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin
  • Aug 18 106.5°F-Hottest afternoon ever in Iowa
  • Aug 19 Trial against Ljev Kamenev & Grigori Zinovjev because of "Trotskyism" opens in Moscow
  • Aug 21 Red Sox Wes Ferrell, walks off mound when he feels he did no get good feilding, Sox suspend him
  • Aug 23 17 year old Bob Feller's 1st game, he strikes out 15 St Louis Browns
  • Aug 24 Australian Antarctic Territory created

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 FDR gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists & communists

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Aug 25 3 Braves hit twice in an inning getting 2 hits each

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Laurie Taylor, English sociologist and broadcaster (BBC Radio 4), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 1 Yves Saint-Laurent, Oran Algeria, fashion designer (Opium, Obsession)
  • Aug 2 Anthony Edward Payne, composer
  • Aug 2 Christopher Hogg, CEO (Courtaulds & Reuters)
  • Aug 3 Edward Petherbridge, English actor
  • Aug 4 Elsberry Hobbs, rocker (Drifters)
  • Aug 4 Assia Djebar, Algerian writer and filmmaker
  • Aug 5 John Dancy, Jackson Tx, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday)
  • Aug 7 Charles Pope, US soul singer (Tams-Hey Girl Don't Bother Me)
  • Aug 7 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug 7 Richard L[ouis] Tierney, US, sci-fi author (Winds of Zarr)
  • Aug 8 Don Bowden, US, 1st American to run a sub 4 min mile
  • Aug 8 Frank Howard, baseball player (NL Rookie of the Year 1960)
  • Aug 8 Keith Barron, Mexborough England, actor (At Earth's Core, Baby Love)
  • Aug 9 Julián Javier, American baseball player
  • Aug 10 Leendert-John Schalm, Dutch banker on Curacao
  • Aug 11 D V Day, Principal (St John's College, Durham U)
  • Aug 11 J L Thompson, Bishop (Bath & Wells)
  • Aug 12 Geoff Hamilton, gardner/journalist
  • Aug 12 Gerard Masson, composer
  • Aug 12 Hans Haacke, artist (Right to Life, Dripper Boxes), born in Cologne, Germany
  • Aug 12 John Poindexter, US Chief of Staff
  • Aug 14 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), born in Durrington, Wiltshire (d. 2011)
  • Aug 16 Anita Gillette, Balt Md, actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck)
  • Aug 16 Gary Clarke, actor (Hondo, Virginian, Michael Shayne), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 17 Ivan Parik, Czech composer, born in Bratislava
  • Aug 17 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician-actor (d. 2007)
  • Aug 17 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), born in San Fernando (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 18 Robert Redford, American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California

  • Aug 20 Carla Fracci, Milan Italy, ballerina
  • Aug 20 Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Aug 21 Mart Crowley, playwright (Boys in the Band)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 21 Wilt Chamberlain, American NBA Legend (LA Lakers, 5 time MVP), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Aug 21 Radish Tordia, painter of Figurative Art from Georgia
  • Aug 22 Anne Downey, British circuit judge
  • Aug 22 Lex P Humphries, drummer
  • Aug 23 Rudy Lewis, rocker (Drifters)
  • Aug 23 Henry Lee Lucas, American serial killer (d. 2001)
  • Aug 24 William J Coyne, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania, 1981- )
  • Aug 24 A. S. Byatt, English novelist
  • Aug 24 Kenny Guinn, American Governor, Nevada
  • Aug 25 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Chief Voodoo Priest, (d. 2015)
  • Aug 26 Yvette Vickers, KC, playmate (Jul 1959)/actress (Attack of 50' Woman)
  • Aug 27 Joel Kovel, American politician
  • Aug 28 Harry McLevy, trade Unionist
  • Aug 28 Don Denkinger, American baseball umpire
  • Aug 29 John McCain, (Rep-R-Arizona, 1983-86)
  • Aug 30 Fabrizia Ramondino, writer
  • Aug 31 Marva Nettles Collins, educator (west side preparatory school)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Animator William Hanna (26) weds Violet Blanch Wogatzke (23)

Animator William Hanna
William Hanna

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Louis Blériot, French aviator who made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier than air aircraft, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Aug 4 Henry Schoenfeld, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 11 Blas Infante, Spanish writer and politician (b. 1885)
  • Aug 14 Rainey Bethea, hanged, last US public execution
  • Aug 15 Grazia Deledda, Sardina/Italian author (Nobel 1926), dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Stanislaw Niewiadomski, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
  • Aug 19 Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet/composer, murdered at 37 or 38
  • Aug 22 Juliette Adam-Lamber, French author (Salon/Nouvelle Revue), dies at 99
  • Aug 25 Grogorij J Zinovjev, Russian revolutionary, dies