1935 The years of depression continued in 1935 with unemployment still running at 20.1% , and the war clouds were gathering as Germany began to rearm and passed the Nuremburg laws to strip Jews of their civil rights, and Mussolini's Italy attacked Ethiopia. The Gallup Poll was introduced and a reformed drinker named Bill Wilson formed Alcoholics Anonymous on June 10th , also for the first time a completely synthetic fibre was produced called nylon by a Dupont chemist. Also this was the year of the birth of "Swing" by Benny Goodman and the world was ready to boogie. Persia is renamed to Iran.

How Much things cost in 1935 Average Cost of new house $3,450.00 Average wages per year $1,600.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents Average Cost for house rent $22.00 per month A loaf of Bread 8 cents A LB of Hamburger Meat 11 cents Average New Car Price $625.00 Canada Dry Ginger Ale 20 Cents
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 530

What Events Happened in 1935

United States
  • The Boulder (Hoover) Dam is completed.
More Information and Timeline for the Hoover Dam
1. The Reclamation Act is signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902, it allows engineers to research how to control and use the Colorado River.
2. In 1920, the US Congress passed the Kinkaid Act, which asked for the Secretary of the Interior to look into the problems of the Imperial Valley.
3. The Fall-Davis report is given to the US Congress and it recommends building a dam on the Colorado river near Boulder Canyon in 1922.
4. The Boulder Canyon Project Act is passed by Congress and signed by President Calvin Coolidge in December of 1928.
5. Herbert Hoover takes over negotiations about the proposed dam and it moves forward when an agreement is reached between the seven basin states in 1929.
6. In 1931 bids for construction of the dam are placed and Six Companies are awarded the contract of $48,890,995.
7. Construction begins in 1932 when the Colorado River is diverted around the construction site.
8. On June 6th, 1933, the first concrete is poured for the construction of the Hoover Dam.
9. On May 29th, 1935, the last concrete is poured at the Hoover Dam.
10. The Boulder (Hoover) Dam is dedicated on September 30th of 1935.
11. By 1947, the Boulder Dam is officially named the Hoover Dam.

  • The Emergency Relief Appropriation Act on April 8th creates The WPA or Works Progress Administration to create millions of jobs
More Information and Timeline for the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act
1. The Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 created the Works Progress Administration, one of the most well-known programs to come out of FDR's New Deal.
2. The WPA was a work-relief program that employed people to build airports, roads, bridges, public buildings and public parks.
3. It was renamed the Works Projects Administration in 1939 and was decreased in size.
4. In 1943 the public program was ended because of WWII and a worker shortage.
5. Overall, it had offered employment to nearly 9 million people during its run and spent over eleven billion dollars.
6. The WPA employed both men and women and it also contributed to the arts in the USA by employing artists to create sculptures and mosaics that would decorate parks and public buildings.

  • President Roosevelt signs the US Social Security Act on October 22nd Providing Unemployment compensation and pensions for the elderly.
More Information and Timeline for the Social Security Act
1. Several states begin enacting old-age pension laws and unemployment insurance throughout the early 1930s in the wake of the Great Depression.
2. The American Association for Old-Age Security becomes the American Association for Social Security in 1933, marking one of the first meaningful uses of the term "Social Security" in the United States.
3. The Committee on Economic Security is created by President Roosevelt in June of 1934. The committee was created with the intention of studying economic security problems and recommending legislation regarding those problems. The creation of this committee was FDR's Executive Order Number 6757.
4. The Committee meets for the first time in August and the National Conference on Economic Security meets in November of 1934. The conference allows the public to discuss issues and needs. The Committee on Economic Security releases its report in January of 1935.
5. The Economic Security Bill is then introduced to the US Congress on January 17th of 1935. The Committee on Economic Security had recommended a Federal old-age insurance, unemployment insurance through the States, public health programs for women and children, and other general social welfare ideas.
6. The name of the Economic Security Bill was changed to the Social Security Bill in March and it was then re-introduced to the US House of Representatives in April, replacing the former bill.
7. On April 15th, 1935, the Social Security Act was passed in the House of Representatives. It was then passed by the US Senate on June 19th of 1935. It was signed by President Roosevelt on August 14th, 1935, becoming law.
8. Authority was given to create and assign Social Security numbers after the Department of the Treasury approved the decision in November of 1936.
9. The first taxes to contribute to Social Security were collected in 1937, the same year that the first one-time payments were made.
10. Originally, the Social Security program was meant to help with state welfare programs and a Federal old-age pension plan. The program has changed and varied throughout the years. It wasn't until 1994 that the Social Security Administration became and independent agency.

  • The Luftwaffe is created as Germany's air force and Germany announces rearmament in violation of the Versailles Treaty.
  • Persia is renamed as Iran
  • Compulsory Driving Test is introduced in England on June 1st
United States
  • Amelia Earhart flies solo across the Pacific.
More Information and Timeline for Amelia Earhart.
1. The groundbreaking female aviator, Amelia Earhart, became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific ocean on January 11, 1935 as she traveled from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California.
2. This feat also made her the first person to have flown solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
3. Earhart had began her flight career in 1921 and had set herself a goal of flying solo around the world.
4. Unfortunately, in 1937, as she was nearing completion of her goal, her plane was lost on its way to a small Pacific island and she was never found or seen again, and presumed dead.

United States
  • The first technicolor Mickey Mouse short film is released.
More Information and Timeline for Mickey Mouse appears in color for the first time.
The iconic character Mickey Mouse appears in an animated short in technicolor for the first time with the release of “The Band Concert” on February 23, 1935. The animated short film featured Mickey Mouse as he tried to conduct a concert of the William Tell Overture but is largely unsuccessful as he is continually interrupted by Donald Duck and other distractions. While the film is only a total of nine minutes long it is considered, by many modern animators, to be one of the greatest cartoon films ever made. Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney produced the animated film, Clarence Nash voiced Donald Duck, and it was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

  • President Roosevelt Revenue Act often referred to as the Wealth Tax Act begins
  • The great Labor Day Category 5 Hurricane with winds approaching 185 mph strikes Florida Keys on September 2nd
  • Sir Malcolm Campbell breaks the 300 mph barrier to set a new land speed world record
  • The China Clipper makes the first Pacific Airmail delivery

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  • 1,200,000 people face starvation in Illinois due to lack of funding.
  • First Public Housing Project launched in New York
  • Earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan - 26,000 dead
  • First Orange Bowl

Popular Culture 1935

  • Alcoholics Anonymous is founded on June 10th in New York City
  • First Canned beer goes on sale
  • Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career
  • Parker Brothers releases the board game Monopoly
  • Porgy and Bess opens in New York
  • Penguin produce the first paperback books

Born This Year

Jerry Lee Lewis September 29th
Julie Andrews October 1st
Luciano Pavarotti October 12th
Gary Player November 1st
Woody Allen December 1st -- Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Sonny Bono February 16th -- Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Dalai Lama 14thJuly 6th -- Taktser, Amdo, Tibet
Elvis Presley January 8th -- Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Donald Sutherland July 17th -- Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Gene Vincent February 11th -- Norfolk, Virginia, United States


  • The Peoples car ( Volkswagen Beetle ) is launched in Germany
  • First Experimental Radar is developed in UK
  • GE Starts selling the first Fluorescent Tube for light
  • On July 19th the First Parking Meters in Oklahoma City designed by Carl C Magee
U.S.A. Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
  • Toyota Cars are launched in Japan
Radar (for Aircraft) Scotland by Robert Watson-Watt )
Helicopter USA by Igor I. Sikorsky )

1935 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Joseph Lyons Brazil President Getúlio Vargas Canada Prime Minister Richard Bedford Bennett till October 23,
Canada Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King From October 23,
Germany Chancellor Adolf Hitler

Italy Prime Minister Benito Mussolini

Japan Prime Minister Keisuke Okada Mexico President Lázaro Cárdenas Russia / Soviet Union
General Secretary of the Central Committee Joseph Stalin South Africa Prime Minister James Barry Munnik Hertzog United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt United Kingdom Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald Till 7 June
United Kingdom Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin From 7 June

Political Elections

British General Election 1935 Stanley Baldwin ( Conservative ) defeats Clement Attlee ( Labour ) and Sir Herbert Samuel ( Liberal )
Following the outbreak of World War II General Elections are suspended and the next elections are not held until 1945

Canadian Federal Election 1935 William Lyon Mackenzie King ( Liberal ) defeats Richard Bennett ( Conservative ).