- 8 March: Mahatma GANDHI starts civil disobedience campaign in India.
- 24 May: Amy JOHNSON, British aviator, completes her solo flight from
London to Australia in 191 days.
- 14 Sept: In German elections, Socialists and Communists win more
seats, but National Socialists gain 107 seats.
- 14 April: In Spain, King Alfonso flees and revolutionary a provisional
government is set up.
- 11 Dec: Building of Rockefeller Center, New York, is begun.
- Al Capone, gangster, is jailed for income tax evasion.
- Mrs. Hattie T. Caraway (Dem., Arkansas) is the first woman to be elected
to the US Senate.
- 4 Jan: In India, the Indian National Congress is declared illegal,
and GANDHI is arrested.
- 28 Jan: Japan occupies Shanghai.
- 1 March: The LINDBERGH baby is kidnapped.
- 30 July to 14 Aug: X. Olympic Games are held in Los Angeles.
- 31 July: In elections in Germany, Nazis win 230 seats, but not an
- 8 NOV: F.D. ROOSEVELT wins election in the USA, and becomes 32nd president.
He introduces his 'New Deal'.
- 30 Jan: Adolf HITLER becomes Chancellor of Germany.
- 27 Feb: Burning of the German Reichstag, or parliament. Hitler calls
it a Communist plot, and suspends civil liberties.
- 6 -9 March: US banks close.
- 23 March: Adolf Hitler becomes dictator of Germany.
- 5 Dec: Prohibition is repealed in the USA.
- 12 -13 Feb: General strike in France.
- 24 March: US Act declares that the Philippines will be independent
- 16 Aug: The American explorer, William Beebe descends 3,028 feet in
his bathysphere into the ocean near Bermuda.
- 16 March: Hitler renounces the Treaty of Versailles.
- 29 May: The French liner Normandie leaves Le Havre on her maiden
voyage to New York, via Southampton.
- 15 Nov: Persia officially changes its name to Iran.
- The publisher Allen Lane launches the paperback series Penguin Books.
- 6 to 16 Feb: IVth Winter Olympics are held at Garmisch-partenkirchen,
- 18 July: In Spain, an army revolt under Emilio Mola and Francisco
FRANCO begins Civil War.
- 1 to 16 Aug: 11th Olympic Games are held in Berlin.
- 2 Nov: In Britain, the BBC begins a regular television service from
Alexandra Palace, London.
- 3 NOV: F D ROOSEVELT is reelected as President.
- 1 May: Roosevelt signs the US Neutrality Act.
- 29 Dec: The Irish Free State becomes Eire.
- The first jet engine is built by Frank WHITTLE.
- In the USA, Wallace H. CAROTHERS patents nylon.
- The Lincoln Tunnel is opened between New York and New Jersey.
- The Golden Gate Bridge opens in San Francisco.
- 29 Sept: Munich Conference, attended by Chamberlain, Daladier of France,
Hitler and Mussolini. It is agreed to transfer Sudetenland to Germany,
but Czech frontier to be guaranteed.
- 10 Oct: Germany occupies Sudetenland.
- The ball-point pen is invented by Lazlo BIRO.
- In the United Stats, 32,000 people die in car accidents.
- 26 Jan: In Spain, Franco, with aid from Italy, takes Barcelona.
- 15 March: Hitler's troops occupy Czechoslovakia.
- 1 April: The US recognizes the Franco government in Spain.
- 7 April: Italy invades Albania.
- 30 April: The New York World's Fair opens in the USA.
- 20 May: Pan American airlines open regular flights between the USA
- 23 Aug: John Cobb, British motorist, drives at 368.85 mph at Bonneville
Salt Flats, Utah.
- 1 Sept: German invades Poland and seizes Danzig free -city. Start
of World War II.
- The US Supreme Court rules that sit down strikes are illegal.
- Malcolm Campbell sets up a waterspeed record of 368.86 mph.
- Nylon stockings first appear.