Historical Events in February 1936

  • Feb 4 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
  • Feb 5 National Wildlife Federation forms

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 5 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

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Feb 6 Pravda criticizes Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "Clear Brook"

  • Feb 6 IV Winter Olympic Games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 7 A flag is authorized for US Vice President
  • Feb 7 Felix the Cat, animated film released by Van Beuren Studios licensed from Otto Messmer
  • Feb 8 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Feb 8 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minnesota
  • Feb 8 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers
  • Feb 8 Pandit Jawaharlal suceeds Mahatma Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
  • Feb 8 German alpine skier Christi Cranz wins the inaugural Olympic women’s combined gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games ahead of team mate Käthe Grasegger
  • Feb 9 German skier Franz Pfnür wins the inaugural Olympic men’s combined gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games ahead of team mate Gustav Lantschner
  • Feb 11 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
  • Feb 13 Ivar Ballangrud of Norway narrowly misses winning all 4 speed skating events at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics; finishes 2nd in 1,500m just 1.0s behind team mate Charles Mathiesen
  • Feb 14 National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago

  • Feb 14 US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Feb 14 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Feb 14 Karl Schäfer of Austria wins his 2nd consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games in Germany
  • Feb 14 Norwegian speed skater Ivar Ballangrud sets Olympic record 17:24.3 to win the 10,000m at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; his 3rd gold medal from 4 events and 4th career Olympic gold
  • Feb 15 -60°F (-51°C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record)

Historic CommunicationVolkswagen Beetle

Feb 15 Adolf Hitler announces construction of the Volkswagen Beetle (the People's Car, aka the Käfer/Beetle)
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The last edition of an 'old style' VW Beetle
The last edition of an 'old style' VW Beetle
  • Feb 15 Sonja Henie of Norway becomes the most successful Olympic figure skater ever by winning her 3rd consecutive gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; beats Cecilia College of Great Britain by 6.4 points
  • Feb 15 Great Britain’s 0-0 tie with the US is enough to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; breaks Canada’s 4 straight Games golden streak
  • Feb 16 Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) wins elections
  • Feb 16 IV Winter Olympic Games close in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 17 -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • Feb 17 S. N. Behrman's play "End of Summer" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17 The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.
  • Feb 18 NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)

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Feb 19 Manuel Azaña becomes Prime Minister of Spain for the second time

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • Feb 22 Construction on Ypenburg Neth airport begins
  • Feb 22 Sonja Henie of Norway follows up her Winter Olympics victory with an incredible 10th consecutive women’s World Championship figure skating gold medal in Paris, France
  • Feb 23 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake, NY

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Feb 26 Adolf Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 26 Military coup in Japan
  • Feb 27 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100m free style (1:04.6)
  • Feb 28 Karl Schäfer of Austria follows up his Winter Olympics victory with his 7th consecutive men’s figure skating World Championship title in Paris, France
  • Feb 28 Olympic champions Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber of Germany win their 4th consecutive pairs figure skating gold medal at the World Championships in Paris, France

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Feb 29 US President FDR signs 2nd Neutrality Act

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt