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Events in History in February 1936

  • Feb 4 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
  • Feb 5 National Wildlife Federation forms
  • Feb 7 A flag is authorized for US Vice President
  • Feb 8 Pandit Jawaharlal succeeds Mahatma Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
  • Feb 11 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
  • 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 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
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  • Feb 16 Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) wins elections
  • Feb 17 -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • Feb 17 S. N. Behrman's play "End of Summer" premieres in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs 2nd Neutrality Act

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