On This Day

What Happened in January 1936

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st newspaper to microfilm its current issues, NY Herald Tribune
  • Jan 1 22nd Rose Bowl: Stanford beats SMU, 7-0
  • Jan 1 2nd Sugar Bowl: TCU beats LSU, 3-2
  • Jan 1 2nd Orange Bowl: Catholic University beats Mississippi, 20-19
  • Jan 2 1st electron tube to enable night vision described, St Louis, Missouri

Sports History

Jan 2 Australian master batsman Don Bradman scores 357 (424 minutes, 40 fours) for South Australia v Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match in Melbourne; his 5th 300+ score in first-class cricket

  • Jan 4 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade
  • Jan 4 Grimmett becomes world record wicket taker with no 190 v South Africa
  • Jan 6 Barbara Hanley becomes Canada's 1st woman mayor in Webbwood, Ontario
  • Jan 7 Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)

Music History

Jan 9 Noël Coward's stage drama "Astonished Heart" premieres in London

  • Jan 9 Semi-automatic rifles adopted by US army
  • Jan 11 Charles Anderson enters Kentucky House of Representatives

Historic Event

Jan 14 L. M. (Mario) Giannini elected President of Bank of America

  • Jan 15 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 15 Horace Stoneham is elected president of New York Giants MLB franchise; succeeds late father, Charles; remains president for next 40 years, presiding over move to SF, before selling team in 1976
  • Jan 15 Nonprofit Ford Foundation incorporates
  • Jan 16 1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah, Florida
  • Jan 16 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president
  • Jan 16 Spanish socialists, communists and anarchists form Unidad Popular

Historic Event

Jan 20 Edward VIII succeeds British King George V

  • Jan 23 Catholic People's Party (KVP) of Curacao forms

Music Recording

Jan 24 Benny Goodman and orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records

  • Jan 24 Albert Sarraut becomes Prime Minister of France

Music History

Jan 26 Joseph Stalin views Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth" but he and his officials leave early and the play is denounced in state press

  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Joan Hartigan Bathurst wins her 3rd Australian singles title; beats Nancye Wynne Bolton 6-4, 6-4

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Adrian Quist wins his first Grand Slam event; beats fellow Australian Jack Crawford 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 9-7

Music History

Jan 28 Pravda criticizes Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"

Hall of Fame

Jan 29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

  • Jan 30 New owners of baseball's Boston Braves survey newspaper journalists to pick a new team nickname; known as 'Bees' in 1940 but return to 'Braves' in 1941
  • Jan 31 "Green Hornet" radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Eve Queler, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 1 James Sinegal, American businessman, co-founder and CEO of Costco, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 1 Don Nehlen, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bowling Green 1968-76, West Virginia 1980-2000), born in Mansfield, Ohio

Roger Miller

Jan 2 Roger Miller, American country singer-songwriter ("King of the Road"; "Dang Me"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1992)

  • Jan 2 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2015)
  • Jan 3 Betty Rollin, actress (Crossing Delancey)/author (Last Wish)
  • Jan 3 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Jan 5 Florence King, American humorist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • Jan 5 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • Jan 6 Julio Maria Sanguinetti Cairolo, Uruguayan politician (President, 1985-90, 1995-2000), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Jan 6 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Nuevo Laredo (d. 2017)

Darlene Hard

Jan 6 Darlene Hard, American tennis player (US C'ships 1960-61, French C'ships 1960; 18 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)

  • Jan 6 Ebo Taylor, Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeat musician and composer, born in Cape Coast, Gold Coast
  • Jan 7 Eldee Young, American jazz upright bassist (Ramsey Lewis Trio, 1956-66 'The In Crowd"; Young-Holt Unlimited - "Soulful Strut"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Jan 7 Ben Cropp, Australian shark hunter and photographer, born in Buka Island, Papua New Guinea
  • Jan 7 Richard Podolor, American session guitarist, sound engineer and, record producer (Three Dog Night; Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 7 (Edward) Hunter Davies, Scottish-British journalist, author (The Beatles: The Authorised Biography), and broadcaster, born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Jan 8 Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African Minister of Education (1979-82), born in Lichtenburg, South Africa
  • Jan 8 Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor, born in Bmo, Czech Republic
  • Jan 8 Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 9 Peter Fletcher, British orchestral and choral conductor, and music teacher (d. 1999)
  • Jan 9 Anne Rivers Siddons, American writer, born in Fairburn, Georgia
  • Jan 9 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Jan 9 Ralph Terry, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1962, 62²; World Series 1961, 62 [MVP]; NY Yankees, KC Athletics, Cleveland Indians, NY Mets), born in Big Cabin, Oklahoma (d. 2022)
  • Jan 10 Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, author and dreamer, born in Dignams Creek, Australia (d. 1997)

Stephen E. Ambrose

Jan 10 Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian (Band of Brothers), born in Lovington, Illinois (d. 2002)

  • Jan 10 Robert Woodrow Wilson, American physicist & radio astronomer (1978 Nobel laureate), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 10 Al Goldstein, American publisher & pornographer, born in Williamsburg, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jan 11 Linda Lawson, actress (Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 11 Meindert Leerling, Dutch TV director/MP (RPF)
  • Jan 11 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Jan 11 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish-American sculptor., born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jan 13 Ami Maayani, Israeli composer and conductor, born in Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Jan 13 Edward Rell Madigan, American politician (US Secretary of Agriculture 91-93, Rep-R-IL, 1973-91), born in Lincoln, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Jan 13 Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • Jan 14 Clarence Carter, American blues singer-songwriter ("Patches"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jan 14 Ludmila Pinayeva, Soviet 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1964, 1968, 1972), born in Krasnoye Selo, Russia
  • Jan 14 Reiner Klimke, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1984), born in Münster, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Jan 15 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), born in Vigo, Spain (d. 2016)
  • Jan 16 Michael White, British theater & film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Glasgow (d. 2016)
  • Jan 17 Jerry Fogel, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 19 Elliott Schwartz, composer, born in New York City
  • Jan 20 Luther Tucker, American blues guitarist, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • Jan 21 Koji Hashimoto, Japanese film director (d. 2005)
  • Jan 22 Alan J. Heeger, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 22 Ong Teng Cheong, 5th President of Singapore (d. 2002)
  • Jan 22 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), born in Ipswich, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Jan 23 Arlene Golonka, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show - "Millie Hutchins"; Mayberry R.F.D. - "Millie Swanson"), born in Chicago, Illinois (D. 2021)
  • Jan 23 Jerry Kramer, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and author (Instant Replay), born in Jordan, Montana
  • Jan 24 Daniel Goode, American composer, born in New York
  • Jan 24 Doug Kershaw, American fiddle player, born in Cameron Parrish, Louisiana
  • Jan 24 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • Jan 24 Robert Downey, Sr [Elias Jr], American filmmaker (Putney Swope; Rittenhouse Square), and actor (You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat), born in NYC (d. 2021)
  • Jan 25 Dan Schaefer, American politician (Rep-R-CO, 1983-99), born in Guttenberg, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • Jan 25 Diana Hyland, American actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Jan 26 Sal Buscema, American comic book artist
  • Jan 27 Ismail Kadare, Albanian author/poet (Dimri i Madh)
  • Jan 27 Troy Donahue, American actor (Surfside Six, Cockfighter, Hawaiian Eye), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jan 27 Barry C. Barish, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2017, gravitational waves), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Alan Alda

Jan 28 Alan Alda [Alphonso D'Abruzzo], American actor (Hawkeye Pierce-M*A*S*H), born in NYC, New York

  • Jan 28 Bill Jordan, British trade unionist
  • Jan 28 Enid Castle, principal (Cheltenham Ladies' College)
  • Jan 28 Robert Suderburg, American pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Spencer, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • Jan 29 Malcolm Binns, English concert pianist, born in Nottingham, England
  • Jan 29 James Jamerson, American session pop and R&B bass guitarist (Motown Records), born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • Jan 29 Patrick Caulfield, British painter and printmaker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • Jan 30 F. Vernon Boozer, American politician, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jan 30 Horst Jankowski, German jazz and easy listening pianist ("A Walk In The Black Forest"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Jan 31 Marvin Junior, American R&B baritone singer (The Dells - "Oh What a Nite"), born in Harold, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings

Paul Henreid

Jan 1 Actor Paul Henreid (27) weds Elizabeth Camilla Julia Gluck

Burgess Meredith

Jan 10 Actor Burgess Meredith (28) weds actress Margaret Perry (22)


Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Jan 10 Actress Mary Pickford (44) divorces actor Douglas Fairbanks (52) after 15 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Sir Francis Newdegate, English politician (Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia), dies at 73
  • Jan 6 Charles Stoneham, American owner of the NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Jan 7 Howard Francis, South African cricketer (2 Tests S Af v Eng 1898-99, 39 runs), dies at 67
  • Jan 7 Guy d'Hardelot [Helen Rhodes], French composer (Because), dies at 78
  • Jan 9 John Gilbert [Pringle], American silent film screenwriter, director (Love's Penalty), and actor, known as "The Great Lover" (The Merry Widow The Big Parade; Flesh and the Devil), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • Jan 10 Charles Wright, English cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests, 1 x 50; Cambridge Uni CC, Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Henry Forster, cricket (Hants & Oxford U, Gov-Gen of Australia), dies
  • Jan 16 Albert Fish, American serial killer, executed at 65
  • Jan 17 Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian author (b. 1885)

Rudyard Kipling

Jan 18 Rudyard Kipling, English author (Gunga Din, Nobel 1907), dies at 70

George V

Jan 20 George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India (1910-36), dies at 70 after being euthanized by his doctor

  • Jan 22 Louis Glass, Danish pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 23 Clara Butt, English alto singer (Country of Hope and Glory), dies at 62
  • Jan 27 Johnny Golden, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1922, 26, 27 3rd; Ryder Cup 1927, 29 [3-0-0 record]; 9 x PGA Tour titles), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • Jan 28 Richard Loeb, American Murder, killed Bobby Franks along with Nathan Leopold, killed in prison at 30