Historical Events in February 1936

  • Feb 4 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
  • Feb 5 National Wildlife Federation forms

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Feb 5 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Feb 6 4th Winter Olympic games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 6 Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch' ballet "Clear Brook"
  • Feb 7 A flag is authorized for US Vice President
  • Feb 7 Felix the Cat, animated film released by Van Beuren Studios licensed from Otto Messmer
  • Feb 8 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Feb 8 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minnesota
  • Feb 8 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers
  • Feb 8 Pandit Jawaharlal suceeds Mahatma Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
  • Feb 11 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
  • Feb 14 National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago
  • Feb 14 US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Feb 14 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Feb 15 -60°F (-51°C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record)

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Feb 15 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 15 Sonja Henie of Norway wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
  • Feb 16 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 16 Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) wins elections
  • Feb 17 -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • Feb 17 S. N. Behrman's play "End of Summer" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17 The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.
  • Feb 18 NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)

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Feb 19 Manuel Azaña becomes Prime Minister of Spain for the second time

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • Feb 22 Construction on Ypenburg Neth airport begins
  • Feb 23 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake, NY
  • Feb 26 Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"
  • Feb 26 Military coup in Japan
  • Feb 27 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100m free style (1:04.6)

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Feb 29 US President FDR signs 2nd Neutrality Act

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