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Events in History in 1936 (Part 2)

  • Nov 15 Nazi-Germany & Japan sign Anti-Komintern pact
  • Nov 16 German air force begins bombing of Madrid
  • Nov 17 Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 Germany & Italy recognize Spanish government of Francisco Franco

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Nov 18 Main span of Golden Gate Bridge joined
  • Nov 20 Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange is killed by a republican execution squad
  • Nov 23 1st issue of Life picture magazine created by Henry R Luce published
  • Nov 24 German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for uncovering German re-armament
  • Nov 25 Germany & Japan sign anti-Komintern pact
  • Nov 30 London's Crystal Palace (built 1851) destroyed by fire
  • Dec 1 Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use
  • Dec 1 EW Brundin & FF Lyon obtain patent on soilless 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
  • Dec 10 Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Britain replaces King Edward VIII stamp series with King George VI

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
King of the United Kingdom Edward VIII
King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII

King Abdicates for Love of Wallis SimpsonKing Abdicates for Love of Wallis Simpson

Dec 10 Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson

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Caught off-guard: the Windsors hear a sad dog tale. Photographer: Richard Avedon. National Portrait Gallery, London
Caught off-guard: the Windsors hear a sad dog tale. Photographer: Richard Avedon. National Portrait Gallery, London
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Nobel prizeNobel 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

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
King of the United Kingdom Edward VIII
King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII

BattleDeclaration of War

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

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 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