What Happened in 1934

Significant Events

  • May 13 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • Jun 30 "Night of Long Knives" - Hitler stages a bloody purge of the Nazi party
  • Jul 4 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb
  • Aug 3 Adolf Hitler merges the offices of German Chancellor and President, declaring himself "Führer" (leader)
  • Oct 16 Mao Zedong & 25,000 troops begin 6,000 mile Long March
  • Dec 1 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov assassinated, Stalin uses as excuse to begin the Great Purge of 1934-38
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Did You Know?

Parisian baker and "student of medieval life" Henri Littière appears in court charged with forcing his adulterous wife Juliette to wear a chastity belt. Having committed the same offence in 1932, he was sentenced to three months in prison and fined 50 francs for cruelty to his wife

On January 21, 1934


World Leaders in 1934

Famous People in 1934

Would You Believe?

Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print by Sidney Skolsky

On May 18, 1934

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 7 Princess Juliana marries German prince Bernhard von Lippe-Biesterfeld
  • Jan 30 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler
  • Jan 30 Painter Salvador Dali (30) weds Gala Dali (39) in a civil ceremony in Paris
  • Feb 10 British-born actor "North by Northwest" Cary Grant (30) weds "City Lights" actress Virginia Cherrill (26)
  • Feb 19 US entertainer Bob Hope weds fellow entertainer Dolores DeFina

Famous Divorces

  • May 23 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage
  • Nov 7 Actress Gloria Swanson (35) divorces Michael Farmer after 3 years of marriage
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