1936 The depression lingered on with unemployment continuing to fall to 16.9%, and Hitlers Germany continued to show the world it was not scared of anyone but the 1936 Olympics caused Hitler humiliation when his Aryan Supermen were dominated by the great Jesse Owens. Germany's Hitler, Italy's Mussolini and Japan formed an alliance which would show it's real reason for creation in World War 11. Many of Americas unemployed travelled to California hoping to get work but the the local police chief posted guards at main entrance points blocking the " undesirables" this was illegal and later stopped. The Boulder Dam was completed later renamed the Hoover Dam.

How Much things cost in 1936 Average Cost of new house $3,925.00 Average wages per year $1,713.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents Average Cost for house rent $24.00 per month A loaf of Bread 8 cents A LB of Hamburger Meat 12 cents Studebaker Car $665.00 Ladies Swimming Costume $6.95
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 550

What Events Happened in 1936

UK
  • King Edward VIII abdicates to marry Wallis Simpson
More Information and Timeline for Edward VIII Abdication
1. King George V dies in January of 1936 only a year after celebrating his Silver Jubilee.
2. Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, becomes Great Britain's ruling monarch from January to December of 1936.
3. Throughout his youth Edward had various affairs with married women. In 1930 he had fallen in love with a married woman named Wallis Simpson.
4. Simpson got divorced in 1936 and it was clear that Edward was going to marry her.
5. Wallis Simpson would not have been an appropriate Queen as she was a two-time divorcee and both of her previous husbands were still alive. When faced with the prospect of choosing the crown or love, Edward made the decision to abdicate and renounce his claim to the throne.
6. Edward ordered the Instrument of Abdication on December 10th of 1936 and it became effective on the next day. He also gave up any claim that his children might have to the throne. He had never been crowned King and he had ruled for a total of three-hundred and twenty-five days.
7. His brother Albert became King next and took the name George VI.
8. Edward married Wallis Simpson in 1937 and he became the Duke of Windsor after his abdication.
9. Edward and Wallis lived abroad for the rest of their lives in places like France and the Bahamas. He died in 1972 at the age of seventy-eight.
10. Some controversy surrounded the Duke and his political beliefs as he had made visits to Nazi Germany and had reportedly supported Hitler. Some people believe that his abdication was less for love and more to prevent a King with extreme political beliefs from taking the throne during a time of political crisis and impending war. He had also reportedly showed support for the unemployed and poor.


Germany

  • Jesse Owens
    wins 4 Gold medals on August 9th at the Summer Olympics in Berlin
More Information and Timeline for Jesse Owens
1. Jesse Owens was born in September 1913.
2. Jesse Owens ties one world record and breaks five world records in May of 1935 within forty-five minutes at the Big Ten Intercollegiate Championship.
3. The 1936 Summer Olympics were held in Berlin, Germany. Germany's leader, Adolf Hitler, had hoped that the Germans would dominate the games and therefore back up his claims of racial superiority.
4. Jesse Owens, an African-American man, dominated the track and field events at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Here is a break-down of his Olympic accomplishments in Berlin.
a. Gold Medal in the 100 meter race
b. Gold Medal in the 200 meter race
c. Gold Medal in the 4 x 100 meter race
d. Gold Medal in the long jump
e. Broke or equaled nine Olympic records
f. Broke or equaled three World records
5. Owens managed to defy Hitler's racial claims and was thought of as a hero by those at the Berlin games and abroad.
6. While Owens was hailed as a hero by the people when he returned home to the United States, he still faced prejudice and discrimination in a racially segregated country. Owens was also denied recognition by US leaders and was effectively ignored by then President Roosevelt and his successor Truman.
7. Owens ended his athletic career after the Olympics in 1936. He died at the age of eighty from lung cancer.


UK
  • BBC starts the first public Television broadcasts in London
More Information and Timeline for BBC Television Broadcasts
1. The British Broadcasting Company is formed and the BBC begins to broadcast a regular daily radio service across the United Kingdom in 1922.
2. The British Broadcasting Company Ltd. is closed at the end of the year in 1926. Starting in 1927, the British Broadcasting Corporation is formed by Royal Charter.
3. The first television broadcasts were made by John Logie Baird using BBC transmitters and frequencies starting in 1929.
4. Simultaneous picture and sound television broadcasts began in 1930 with the opening of a second BBC radio transmitter.
5. By 1932, the BBC took over the responsibility of making television programs from Baird after they built a television studio.
6. Daily television transmissions continued until 1935 using Baird's system.
7. In 1936, the BBC begins the world's first regular "high-definition" television service in November, replacing Baird's system.

Mexico
  • Following the depression worldwide dictatorships are established in Mexico, Bulgaria and Peru
Italy
  • Mussolini announces the official foundation of the New Roman Empire following the capture of Addis Ababa
Spain Germany
  • Germany Breaks Treaty of Versailles
U.S.
  • ( Boulder Dam )Hoover Dam finished and begins creating hydroelectric power
UK
  • Cunard Ocean liner The Queen Mary begins Atlantic crossings
Germany
  • The LZ 129 Hindenburg a German zeppelin is completed and takes it's Maiden Flight In Germany
UK
  • The British Air Ministry orders 310 Spitfire Fighter aircraft
U.S.
  • President Roosevelt is re-elected for a second term
UK U.S.
  • Killer Tornadoes strike Tupelo, Mississippi and Gainesville, Georgia
U.S.
  • A new faster flying boat service starts between America and Britain
China
  • Japanese Marines take control of the Shanghai district of China
China
  • Chiang Kai-Shek declares war on Japan
UK
  • The Queen Mary leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage over the Atlantic
Australia
  • The Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf became extinct
Germany
  • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany


Other Pages From The People History

Our 1930's  Quiz Just For Fun


Technology


Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
France
  • Sunscreen Eugene Schueller a French Chemist invents the first Sunscreen, Eugene Schueller went on to founder the L'Oreal Line of Cosmetics.
Helicopter Germany by Heinrich Focke
Magnetic Recording USA audio tapes
Zippo Lighter USA Zippo Manufacturing



Popular Culture

  • The book Gone With The Wind is Published on June 30th
  • Billboard Magazine publishes the first pop music chart

Popular films

  • The Alamo
  • The Great Ziegfeld
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Follow the Fleet, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers


Born This Year

Jim Henson September 24th
Winnie Mandela September 26th
David Carradine December 8th
Ursula Andress March 19th
Alan Alda Janaury 28th -- Bronx, New York, United States
Glen Campbell April 22nd -- Billstown, Arkansas, U.S.
Charlie Daniels October 28th -- Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.
Engelbert Humperdinck May 2nd -- Madras, India
Glenda Jackson May 2nd -- Birkenhead, Wirral, England
F. W. de Klerk March 18th -- Johannesburg, South Africa
Kris Kristofferson June 22nd -- Brownsville, Texas, U.S.
Michael Landon October 31st -- Forest Hills, Queens, New York, U.S.
John McCain August 29th -- Panama Canal Zone, Panama
Mary Tyler Moore December 29th -- Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Roy Orbison April 23rd -- Vernon, Texas, U.S.
Robert Redford August 18th -- Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Burt Reynolds February 11th -- Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Yves Saint Laurent August 1st -- Oran, French Algeria



1936 Calendar


Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Joseph Lyons Brazil President Getúlio Vargas Canada Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King

Germany Chancellor Adolf Hitler

Italy Prime Minister Benito Mussolini

Japan Prime Minister Keisuke Okada Till 9 March
Japan Prime Minister Koki Hirota From 9 March
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 Stanley Baldwin

Political Elections


United States Presidential Election 1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic) Defeats Alf Landon (Republican) and William Lemke (Union)