Top News Stories from 1936
Population: 4.378 billionpopulation by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Carlos de S. Lamas (Argentina)More World Statistics...
- Rome-Berlin Axis is proclaimed (Japan to join in 1940).
- 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.
- 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.
President: Franklin D Roosevelt
Vice President: John N. Garner
Population: 128,053,180More U.S. Statistics...
- Dust Bowl problem continues in the midwest.
- FDR is reelected in a landslide. The Electoral Vote is 523-8. Background: US Presidential Elections, 1789–present
Federal spending: $8.23 billion
Consumer Price Index: $13.9
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
World SeriesNY Yankees d. NY Giants (4-2)
Stanley CupDetroit d. Toronto
WimbledonWomen: 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 ChampionBold Venture
NCAA Football ChampionsMinnesota (7-1-0) 1936 Summer Olympics
Entertainment AwardsPulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Honey in the Horn, Harold L. Davis
Drama: Idiot's Delight, Robert E. Sherwood
Academy Award, Best Picture: Mutiny on the Bounty (MGM)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Eugene O'Neill (US)
Miss America: Rose Coyle (PA)More Entertainment Awards...
- The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuts the world's first television service with three hours of programming a day.
- Electric guitars debut.
- Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind published.
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 impulsesMore Nobel Prizes in 1998...