• Congress passes Adjusted Compensation Act for immediate redemption of WWI bonus certificates.
  • Second Neutrality Act passed, adds prohibition of granting US loans to belligerents
  • Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act replaces Agricultural Adjustment Act, farmers paid to withdraw land planted with soil-eroding plants
  • US signs treaty with Panama enlarging Panama's authority in Canal Zone
  • Bruno Richard Hauptmann executed for kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby in 1932
  • Socialist Party nominates Norman Thomas, Pres. Candidate
  • Republican Party nominates Alfred M. Landon, Pres. Candidate, Frank Knox, Vice-Pres. Candidate
  • Union Party nominates William Lemke, Pres. Candidate, endorsed by Father Coughlin's Nation Untion for Social Justice
  • Democratic Party nominates FDR, Pres. Candidate, John Nance, Vice-Pres. Candidate
  • Communist Party nominates Earl Browder, Pres. Candidate
  • Robinson-Patman Act passed to prohibit price-lowering and establishing monopolies
  • Republican Party nominates Alfred M. Landon, Pres. Candidate, Frank Knox, Vice-Pres. Candidate
  • US Act passed granting Virgin Islands, a US territory, the right to elect its own legislature
  • Merchant Marine Act establishes US Maritime Commission to regulate merchant marine with subsidies and working standars for seamen
  • Walsh-Healet Public Contracts Act set minimum employee wages for companies with government contracts--8 hour day, 40 hour week, no child labor is enforced
  • Boulder (Hoover) Dam on Colorado River, Nevada, is completed creating Lake Mead, American's largest reservoir and highest dam in the world
  • FDR and New Deal attacked. Eighty percent of Americans endorse Rep. Party; The Literary Digest predicts a landslide by Landon
  • Luce publishes Life, weekly photographic news and feature magazine
  • FDR defeats Landon by landslide: 27,751,612 popular votes to 16,681,913. 523 to 8 electoral college votes.
  • The Literary Digest folds
    • United Auto Workers begin sit-down strike at GM plant in Flint, Michigan; ends Feb 1937
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    • Baseball Hall of Fame is established at Cooperstown, NY
    • Orson Welles directs all black cast in Macbeth for Negro People's Theatre, part of the Federal Theatre Project
    • Pare Lorentz produces The Plow that Broke the Plains
    • Margaret Mitchell publishes her only book, Gone With the Wind
    • George Kaufman and Moss Hart write Pulitzer Prize wining play "You Can't Take it With You"
    • Benny Goodman becomes first bandleader to integrate racially his band by hiring pianist Teddy Wilson and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton
    • Nobel Prize for literature to Eugene O'Neill for his powerful drama
    • Germany denounces the Treat of Lacarno and reoccupied the Rhineland
    • Ethiopia falls to Italian Army. Haile Selassie flees
    • Hindenburg arrives at Lakehurst, N.J., the first scheduled transatlantic dirigible flight. It explodes there May 1937. Built by Zeppelin Transport Co., 830 ft long, 135 ft diameter, range of 8000 miles
    • S.S. Queen Mary, the largest liner afloat, arrives in NYC from England on its first voyage
    • Spanish Army proclaims revoluation against government in Madrid, headed by leftist Popular Front. General Francisco Franco leader of full-fledged civil war.
    • US announces it will not interfer in Spanish Civil War
    • Hitler and Mussolini sign the Rome-Berlin axis" accord
    • FDR opens Inter-American Conference at Buenos Aires, Latin American nations will consult with US for "mutual safety"
    • King Edward VIII of Great Britain abdicates his throne in favor of his love for American divorcee, Wallis Warfield Simpson