Events in History in 1936 (Part 2)

  • Nov 25 Germany & Japan sign anti-Komintern pact
  • Nov 28 Spanish comic playwright Pedro Muñoz Seca comments "I am starting to believe you are not intending to count me among your friends!" before being executed by the Republican army
  • Nov 30 London's Crystal Palace (built 1851) destroyed by fire
  • Dec 1 Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use
  • Dec 1 Ernest Brundin & Frank Lyon obtain US patent for hydroponic (soil-less) culture of plants
  • Dec 5 Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakh SSR & Kirghiz SSR becomes constituent republics of Soviet Union
  • Dec 8 Anastasio Somoza García elected President of Nicaragua
  • Dec 8 NAACP files suit to equalize salaries of black & white teachers

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas for mediating end to Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, 1st Latin American to win

  • Dec 10 Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry

Radio History

Dec 11 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson

Declaration of War

Dec 12 Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

  • Dec 15 KVL-AM in Seattle Washington changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
  • Dec 18 Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in San Francisco
  • Dec 22 1st common carrier license issued by ICC, Scranton, Pa
  • Dec 23 Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Dec 24 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 25 Belgian bishops condemn fascism & communism
  • Dec 25 Ron Hamence scores 104 for SA v Queensland before 4,865
  • Dec 30 United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher Body Plant