News and Events of 1936

World Events

World Statistics

population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Carlos de S. Lamas (Argentina)

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  • Rome-Berlin Axis is proclaimed (Japan to join in 1940).

  • King George V dies; succeeded by son, Edward VIII, who soon abdicates to marry an American-born divorcée, and is succeeded by brother, George VI.

  • Spanish civil war begins. Hundreds of Americans join the "Lincoln Brigades." (Franco's fascist forces defeat Loyalist forces by 1939, when Madrid falls.)

  • War between China and Japan begins, to continue through World War II.

  • Japan and Germany sign anti-Comintern pact; joined by Italy in 1937.

  • Gen. Anastasio Somoza leads a coup d'etat in Nicaragua ushering in Somoza family dictatorship for more than 4 decades.

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Franklin D Roosevelt
Vice President: John N. Garner
Population: 128,053,180

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Federal spending:   $8.23 billion
Consumer Price Index:   13.9
Unemployment:   16.9%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.03


World Series
NY Yankees d. NY Giants (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Detroit d. Toronto (3-1)
Women: Helen Jacobs d. H.K. Sperling (6-2 4-6 7-5)
Men: Fred Perry d. G. von Cramm (6-1 6-1 6-0)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Bold Venture
NCAA Football Champions
Minnesota (7-1-0)
1936 Summer Olympics
1936 Winter Olympics


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Honey in the Horn, Harold L. Davis
Drama: Idiot's Delight, Robert E. Sherwood

Oscars awarded in 1936
Academy Award, Best Picture: Mutiny on the Bounty (MGM)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Eugene O'Neill (US)

Miss America: Rose Coyle (PA)

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Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Peter J. W. Debye (Netherlands), for investigations on dipole moments and diffraction of X-rays and electrons in gases

Physics: Victor F. Hess (Austria), for discovery of cosmic radiation; and Carl D. Anderson (US), for discovery of the positron

Physiology or Medicine: Sir Henry Dale (UK) and Otto Loewi (Germany), for discoveries on chemical transmission of nerve impulses

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