On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1936

Historical Events

  • -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • S. N. Behrman's play "End of Summer" premieres in NYC
  • The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics

Famous Birthdays

  • Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2020)

Jim Brown

Jim Brown, American NFL Running Back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

  • John Leyton, British actor and singer ("Johnny Remember Me"), born in Frinton-on-Sea, England
  • Peter Walker, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Glamorgan CCC), born in Bristol, England (d. 2020)

Famous Deaths

  • Erich Schaeder, German theologist (Theozentrische), dies at 74
1936 Highlights

About February 17, 1936

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 85 years, 9 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

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