What Happened on August 17, 1936

Historical Events

  • An unemployed worker, Neils B. Ruud, in Madison, Wisconsin, receives the first unemployment benefit check paid under a State law, for $15

Famous Birthdays

  • Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American (Dakota Sioux) country music singer-songwriter, actor (Walker, Texas Ranger; Northern Exposure), and political activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)
  • Ivan Parik, Czech classical and electro-acoustic composer (Quadrophony), born in Bratislava (d. 2005)
  • Margaret Hamilton, American computer scientist, systems engineer (MIT), and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient (2016, for her work with NASA's Apollo missions), born in Paoli, Indiana
Born in 1936

Famous Deaths

  • Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
1936 Highlights

About August 17, 1936

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 87 years, 1 month and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo