What Happened on August 14, 1936

Day of the Week: Friday

Article: America's Last Public Hanging

Historical Events

  • American swimmers Adolph Kiefer and Al Vande Veghe quinella the 100m backstroke at the Berlin Olympics
  • Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States
  • The Berlin Olympics rowing competition concludes with Germany winning 5 of 7 gold medals, although the United States wins the coveted eights gold
  • United States beats Canada 19-8 in poor conditions outdoors to win the gold medal in the inaugural men's basketball competition at the Olympics Games in Berlin

Famous Birthdays

  • Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), born in Durrington, Wiltshire (d. 2011)

Famous Deaths

  • Rainey Bethea, American murderer, hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, last US public hanging