What Happened in February 1936

Historical Events

  • 4th 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
  • 5th National Wildlife Federation forms
  • 6th 4th Winter Olympic games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 6th Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch' ballet "Clear Brook"
  • 7th A flag is authorized for US Vice President
  • 7th Felix the Cat, Cartoon Character, by Van Beuren from Otto Messmer
  • 8th 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 8th 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minn
  • 8th 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers
  • 8th Pandit Jawaharlal follows Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
  • 11th Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in SF Bay
  • 14th National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago
  • 14th US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 14th US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • 15th -60°F (-51°C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record)

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15th Hitler announce building of Volkswagens (starting slug-bug game)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 15th Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
  • 16th 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 16th Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) wins elections
  • 17th -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • 17th S. N. Behrman's play "End of Summer" premieres in NYC
  • 17th The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.
  • 18th NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)
  • 19th Manuel Azaña becomes Spanish premier
  • 22nd Construction on Ypenburg Neth airport begins
  • 23rd 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake, NY
  • 26th Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"
  • 26th Military coup in Japan
  • 27th Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6)

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29th FDR signs 2nd neutrality act

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st G H Blake, Principal (Collingwood College, Durham U)
  • 1st Azie Taylor Morton, 35th Treasurer of the United States (d. 2003)
  • 2nd Duane Jones, American actor
  • 3rd Bob Simpson, Australian cricketer (1965 Wisden Cricketer of the Year)
  • 4th Daan van Golden, Dutch sculptor
  • 4th Gary Conway, actor (Burke's Law, Land of the Giants), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4th David Brenner, American comedian
  • 6th J. Howard Marshall III, American businessman
  • 8th Cletis Boyer, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 8th Larry Verne, singer (Custer)
  • 8th Manohar Hardikar, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59)
  • 9th Clive Swift, actor (Frenzy, Passage to India), born in Liverpool, England
  • 9th Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country singer, (d. 2013)
  • 10th Olwyn Bowey, painter
  • 10th Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator
  • 11th Burt Reynolds, Mich, actor (Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball)
  • 12th Arnost Parsch, composer
  • 12th Fang Lizhi, Beijing China, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident (Tiananmen Square, 1989), (d. 2012)
  • 12th Joe Don Baker, Groesback Tx, actor (Eischied, Walking Tall, Fletch)
  • 12th Paul Shenar, Milwaukee Wisc, actor (Carrington-Roots)
  • 13th John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • 13th Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 14th Andrew Pine, Jennings Fla, actor (V, WEB, Wide Country)
  • 14th Fanne Foxe, [Annabella Battistella], Argentina, (Wilbur Mills affair)
  • 14th Andrew Prine, American actor
  • 15th Andrew Miller, British principal (Stirling U)
  • 16th Jill Kinmont, American skier

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16th Carl Icahn, American businessman (Icahn Enterprises), born in NYC, New York

Corporate Raider Carl Icahn
Corporate Raider
Carl Icahn
  • 17th Barry Jarman, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper in 60's)

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17th Jim Brown, St. Simons Georgia, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 17th Peter Walker, cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan did little for Eng 1960)
  • 18th Marin Sorescu, poet/dramatist
  • 18th Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher
  • 18th Jean Auel, American writer
  • 19th Bob Engemann, singer
  • 19th Ione Mylonas Shear, archeologist
  • 20th Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes)
  • 20th Marj Dusay, [Mahoney], Russell Ks, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick)
  • 20th Roy Beggs, British MP
  • 21st Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
  • 22nd Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 22nd J. Michael Bishop, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 25th Jonnie Nicely, playmate (Aug, 1956)
  • 25th Norman Orville Scribner, composer
  • 26th Eduard Ivanovich Buinovski, cosmonaut
  • 26th Manmohan Desai, filmmaker
  • 27th Chuck Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again)
  • 27th Roger M Mahoney, Hollywood Ca, archbishop of Los Angeles (1985- )
  • 27th Virginia Maskell, actress (Suspect, Doctor in Love, Man Upstairs)
  • 27th Ron Barassi, Australian rules footballer
  • 29th Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 29th Alwin Schockemohle, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)

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29th Henri "Rocket" Richard, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens)

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • 29th Jack R Lousma, Grand Rapids Mich, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-3)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

2nd Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Georgios Kondylis, general of the Greek army and Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
  • 3rd Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, consort of William of Wied, Prince of Albania (b.1885)
  • 4th Wilhelm Gustloff, German leader of the Swiss Nazi party (b. 1895)
  • 9th Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 16th Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted
  • 17th Erich Schaeder, German theologist (Theozentrische), dies at 74
  • 19th Charles Harding Firth, British historian (b. 1857)
  • 20th John Hope, president of Atlanta University, dies at 67
  • 20th Max Schreck, German actor (Count Orlok-Nosferatu), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 22nd Johan M Skjoldborg, Danish writer (Dynaes Digte), dies at 74

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27th Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist (reflexes, Nobel 1904), dies at 86

Physiologist Ivan Pavlov
Physiologist
Ivan Pavlov
  • 27th Joshua W. Alexander, U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Woodrow Wilson (b. 1852)
  • 28th Pedro Munoz Seca, La Caraba/La oca, dies at 55
  • 28th Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)