Historical Events in 1936

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  • Jan 1st 1st newspaper to microfilm its current issues, NY Herald Tribune
  • Jan 1st 22nd Rose Bowl: Stanford beats SMU, 7-0
  • Jan 1st 2nd Sugar Bowl: TCU beats LSU, 3-2
  • Jan 1st 2nd Orange Bowl: Catholic University beats Mississippi, 20-19
  • Jan 2nd 1st electron tube to enable night vision described, St Louis, Mo

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Jan 2nd Bradman scores 357 for SA v Vic, 424 minutes, 40 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 4th Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade
  • Jan 4th Grimmett becomes world record wicket taker with no 190 v South Africa
  • Jan 6th Barbara Hanley became Canada's 1st woman mayor (Webbwood, Ontario)
  • Jan 7th Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)
  • Jan 9th Noel Coward's "Astonished Heart" premieres in London
  • Jan 9th Semi-automatic rifles adopted by US army
  • Jan 11th Charles Anderson enters Kentucky House of Representatives
  • Jan 14th L M (Mario) Giannini elected president of Bank of America
  • Jan 15th 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 15th Horace Stoneham elected president of NY Giants
  • Jan 15th Non-profit Ford Foundation incorporates
  • Jan 16th 1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Fla
  • Jan 16th Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president
  • Jan 16th Spanish socialists/communists/anarchists form Unidad Popular

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Jan 20th Edward VIII succeeds British king George V

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • Jan 22nd French Laval government falls
  • Jan 23rd Catholic People's Party (KVP) of Curacao forms
  • Jan 24th Benny Goodman & orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records
  • Jan 24th Albert Sarraut becomes Prime Minister of France
  • Jan 27th 29th Women's Australian Championships: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jan 27th 29th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 9-7)
  • Jan 28th Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch's "Lady Macbeth" opera

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 29th 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Jan 30th New owners of Boston Braves ask newspapermen to pick a new nickname
  • Jan 30th Victoria need 442 to win against NSW, but lose, all out for 415 They pick "The Bees" it doesn't catch on & is scrapped by 1940 season
  • Jan 31st "Green Hornet" radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit
  • Feb 4th 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
  • Feb 5th National Wildlife Federation forms
  • Feb 6th 4th Winter Olympic games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 6th Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch' ballet "Clear Brook"
  • Feb 7th A flag is authorized for US Vice President
  • Feb 7th Felix the Cat, Cartoon Character, by Van Beuren from Otto Messmer
  • Feb 8th 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Feb 8th 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minn
  • Feb 8th 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers
  • Feb 8th Pandit Jawaharlal follows Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
  • Feb 11th Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in SF Bay
  • Feb 14th National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago
  • Feb 14th US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Feb 14th US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Feb 15th -60°F (-51°C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record)

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Feb 15th Hitler announce building of Volkswagens (the People's Car, aka the Kaefer/beetle)

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

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Feb 29th US President FDR signs 2nd Neutrality Act

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

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Mar 1st The Hoover Dam is completed.

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Mar 1st A strike occurs aboard the S.S. California, leading to the demise of the International Seamen's Union and the creation of the National Maritime Union.
  • Mar 2nd Bradman scores 369 in 253 mins, SA v Tasmania, 46 fours 4 sixes
  • Mar 3rd Clarence Grimmett ends his Test career with 13 wkts in 5th Test v South Africa

CommunicationHindenburg Disaster

Mar 4th 1st flight of the airship Hindenburg at Friedrichshafen, Germany

  • Mar 5th Spitfire makes its 1st flight (Eastleigh Aerodrome in Southampton)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 5th 8th Academy Awards: "Mutiny on the Bounty", Victor McLaglen & Bette Davis wins

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Mar 6th Belgium ends Locarno pact
  • Mar 7th Hitler breaks Treaty of Versailles, sends troops to Rhineland
  • Mar 8th The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Mar 9th Babe Ruth turns down Reds to make a comeback as a player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 11th British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin pardons five convicted Irish militants who promise to join growing conflict with Germany.
  • Mar 14th Federal Register, 1st magazine of the US government, publishes 1st issue
  • Mar 22nd "The Great Ziegfeld" directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell and Luise Rainer premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1937
  • Mar 23rd Italy, Austria & Hungary sign Pact of Rome

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Mar 23rd Physician Joseph Hamilton injects a leukemia patient with a sodium radioisotope, the first intravenous injection of a human with a radioisotope

  • Mar 24th Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in 16 mins & 30 seconds of 6th period Stanley Cup game lasts 9 periods (176 mins), ends 1-0
  • Mar 25th 200-inch mirror blank leaves for California to be ground
  • Mar 25th Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in NHL longest game (2h56m30s)
  • Mar 26th 1st parliamentary debate on NZ radio
  • Mar 26th 200" telescope lens shipped, Corning Glass Works, NY-Cal Tech
  • Mar 26th Mary Joyce ends a 1,000 mile trip by dog in Alaska
  • Mar 27th WOS-AM in Jefferson City Missouri goes off the air
  • Mar 27th 95th Grand National: Mr. Fulke Walwyn aboard Reynoldstown wins
  • Mar 29th 10,000 watch the 200-inch mirror blank passing through Indianapolis
  • Mar 29th Nazi propaganda claims 99% of Germans voted for Nazi candidates
  • Apr 1st Orissa constituted a province of British India

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Apr 1st Charles "Lucky" Luciano" is arrested in Arkansas on a criminal warrant from New York

  • Apr 3rd Al Carr KOs Lew Massey on 1 punch, :07 of 1st round
  • Apr 3rd Shortest boxing bout with gloves lasts only 10 seconds
  • Apr 5th Tupelo Mississippi virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die
  • Apr 6th 3rd Masters Golf Tournament: Horton Smith wins, shooting a 285
  • Apr 6th ANP begins telex service in Amsterdam
  • Apr 6th Tornado, kills 203 & injuring 1,800 in Gainesville Georgia
  • Apr 10th 200" mirror blank arrives in Pasadena
  • Apr 11th Rodgers & Hart's musical "On Your Toes" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 11th Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • Apr 13th Metaxas proclaims himself dictator of Greece
  • Apr 18th Pan-Am Clipper begins regular passenger flights from San Francisco to Honolulu
  • Apr 19th Anti-Jewish riots break out in Palestine
  • Apr 19th First day of the Great Uprising in Palestine.
  • Apr 20th 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:33:40.8
  • Apr 20th Jews repel an Arab attack in Petach Tikvah Palestine
  • Apr 23rd Carl Hubbell's 1st start of season is his 17th straight win
  • Apr 26th Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 4th Symphony
  • Apr 29th 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5
  • May 1st Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italian invades

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May 1st FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 2nd Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow
  • May 2nd 62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6
  • May 2nd Emperor Haile Selassie & family flee Abyssinia
  • May 3rd French People's Front wins elections

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May 3rd NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 4th Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
  • May 5th Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
  • May 5th Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
  • May 8th Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
  • May 9th 1st KLM airplane to land on Bonaire
  • May 9th Italy takes Addis Abba, annexing Absynnia (Ethiopia)
  • May 10th Manuel Azaña elected the second President of the Spanish Republic
  • May 10th Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt
  • May 12th Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London
  • May 13th Quiroga government takes office in Spain
  • May 15th Amy Johnson arrives in Croydon, England from South Africa in a record 4 days and 16 hours
  • May 16th 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France
  • May 16th 61st Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59
  • May 21st Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals.
  • May 22nd Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
  • May 24th Dutch bishops forbid membership of Nazi party
  • May 24th Tony Lazerri 2 grand slams (11 RBIs); Ben Chapman sets record by reaching 1st 7 times safely, Yanks beat A's 25-2
  • May 25th The Remington Rand strike, led by the American Federation of Labor, begins.
  • May 26th 1st government of Zealand in Belgium ends
  • May 27th RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage
  • May 28th Alan Turing submits "On Computable Numbers" for publication, in which he set out the theoretical basis for modern computers.
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins in 4:35:03.314 (175.530 km/h)
  • Jun 1st "Lux Radio Theater" moved from NYC to Hollywood
  • Jun 1st Queen Mary completes its maiden voyage, arriving in NY
  • Jun 1st 41st Men's French Championships: Gottfried von Cramm beats Fred Perry (6-0, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0)
  • Jun 1st 41st Women's French Championships: Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu (6-3, 6-4)
  • Jun 2nd General Anastasio Somoza García takes over as dictator of Nicaragua
  • Jun 6th 40th US Golf Open: Tony Manero shoots a 282 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • Jun 6th 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30
  • Jun 6th Aviation gasoline 1st produced commercially Paulsboro NJ
  • Jun 7th Yanks beat Indians 5-4 in 16; longest game without a strikeout
  • Jun 7th Charles "Lucky" Luciano is convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution
  • Jun 8th 1st parking meters are invented
  • Jun 9th Page Miss Glory (1936), premieres in USA
  • Jun 11th Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia
  • Jun 11th International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England.
  • Jun 12th 1st 50 KW US radio station (Pittsburgh Pa)
  • Jun 13th 2nd Belgian government of Van Zealand forms
  • Jun 14th Oranienburg Concentration Camp opens
  • Jun 16th Dutch queen Wilhelmina opens the Waal bridge
  • Jun 16th Pope Pius XI receives Anton Mussert (Dutch Nazi collaborator)
  • Jun 18th 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, WI
  • Jun 18th Polish parliament gives pres Ignacy Moscicki dictatorial power
  • Jun 19th Dutch Premier Colijn denies relation with German call-girl

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Jun 19th German boxer Max Schmeling World Champion KOs Joe Louis

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 19th Joe McCarthy is named to manage AL All-Stars, rather than high-strung Mickey Cochrane, who is very close to a nervous breakdown
  • Jun 20th Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2
  • Jun 22nd Harry Froboess dives 110 m from airship into Bodensee & survives
  • Jun 22nd Virgin Islands receives a constitution from US (Organic Act)
  • Jun 24th Joe DiMaggio becomes 5th to hit 2 HRs in 1 inn, Yanks beat Browns 18-4
  • Jun 24th Mary McLeod Bethune named director of Negro Affairs in National Youth Adm
  • Jun 26th 1st flight of Fw61 helicopter
  • Jun 26th Everett Marshall beats Ali Baba in Columbus, to become wrestling champ
  • Jun 27th 71st British Golf Open: Alf Padgham shoots a 287 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • Jun 28th The Japanese puppet state of Mengjiang is formed in northern China.
  • Jun 29th Empire State Building broadcasts high definition TV-343 lines
  • Jun 29th Pope Pius XI encyclical to US bishops "On motion pictures"
  • Jun 30th 40 hour work week law approved for US federal employees
  • Jun 30th Haile Selassie asks League of Nations for sanctions against Italy

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Jun 30th Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind" published

  • Jul 1st AVRO radio broadcast studios in Hilversum opens
  • Jul 1st Watchfulness Committee forms in Amsterdam
  • Jul 3rd Jahangir Khan kills a sparrow while cricket bowling, Cambridge University v MCC
  • Jul 3rd 56th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Fred Perry beats G von Cramm (6-1 6-1 6-0)
  • Jul 4th 49th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Hull Jacobs beats H Sperling (6-2 4-6 7-5)
  • Jul 4th League of Nations ends sanctions against Italy after Italian takeover of Abyssinia
  • Jul 5th 120°F (49°C), Gannvalley, South Dakota (state record)
  • Jul 6th 114°F (46°C), Moorhead, Minnesota (state record)
  • Jul 6th 121°F (49°C), Steele, North Dakota (state record)
  • Jul 6th A major breach of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal in England sends millions of gallons of water cascading 200 feet into the River Irwell.
  • Jul 7th 4th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Braves Field, Boston
  • Jul 10th 109°F (43°C) Cumberland & Frederick, Maryland (state record)
  • Jul 10th 110°F (43°C) at Runyon, New Jersey (state record)
  • Jul 10th 111°F (44°C) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • Jul 10th 112°F (44°C) at Martinsburg, West Virginia (state record)
  • Jul 10th New Straits Convention allows Turkish rearmament of Dardanelles
  • Jul 10th Phillies Chuck Klein becomes 4th to hit 4 HRs in a game
  • Jul 11th Triborough Bridge linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens opens
  • Jul 13th 112°F (44°C), Mio, Michigan (state record)
  • Jul 13th 114°F (46°C), Wisconsin Dells, Wisc (state record)
  • Jul 14th 1 million demonstrate to support French People's Front government
  • Jul 14th 116°F (47°C), Collegeville, Indiana (state record)
  • Jul 15th Dutch 2nd Chamber agree to temporarily increase defense budget
  • Jul 16th 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY
  • Jul 16th NY Giants are 10½ games back in NL, & go on to win pennant