On This Day

What Happened in 1936

Important Events

  • Mar 4 1st flight of the airship Hindenburg at Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • Mar 7 Hitler breaks Treaty of Versailles by sending troops to the Rhineland

More Historical Events

1936 in Film & TV

  • Jan 16 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president
  • Feb 5 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released
  • Jul 7 RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)
  • Sep 4 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released

1936 in Music

  • Jan 4 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade
  • May 2 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow

1936 in Sport

  • Jan 29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson
  • Feb 8 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Mar 8 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • Aug 1 XI Summer Olympic Games are opened by Adolph Hitler in Berlin

Did You Know?

The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.

On February 17, 1936


World Leaders in 1936

Famous People in 1936

Would You Believe?

The last surviving member of the thylacine species, Benjamin, dies alone in her cage at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.

On September 7, 1936

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Actor Paul Henreid (27) weds Elizabeth Camilla Julia Gluck
  • Jan 10 Actor Burgess Meredith (28) weds actress Margaret Perry (22)
  • Feb 2 Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 10 Actress Mary Pickford (44) divorces actor Douglas Fairbanks (52) after 15 years of marriage
  • Mar 2 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) divorces Linda Arvidson (50) after 30 years of marriage

More Weddings & Divorces