Worst year of the Great Depression.
The chocolate chip cookie is invented by Ruth Wakefield.
USA Federal government legalizes alcohol, outlaws marijuana.
January 5 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
January 30 - Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von
January 30 - The first of 2,956 episodes of The Lone Ranger airs on the radio for the
February 5 - Prohibition end in the US - 1.5 million barrels of beer are drunk that night.
February 6 - The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution goes into effect.
February 10 - The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduces the
first singing telegram.
February 15 - In Miami, Florida a man attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin
D. Roosevelt, but instead kills Chicago, Illinois Mayor Anton J. Cermak.
February 17 - The magazine Newsweek is published for the first time.
February 17 - The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States..
February 25 - The USS Ranger is launched, becoming the first custom-built aircraft carrier.
February 27 - Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, is set on fire.
March 3 - Mount Rushmore is dedicated.
March 4 - American President Herbert Clark Hoover is succeeded by Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, who in reference to the Great Depression, gives his "We have nothing to fear,
but fear itself" inauguration speech.
March 4 Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, first female member
of the United States Cabinet.
March 5 - Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a "bank holiday",
closing all United States banks and freezing all financial transactions (the 'holiday' ended
on March 13).
March 9 - Great Depression: The United States Congress begins its first 100 days of
enacting New Deal legislation.
March 10 - Earthquake in Long Beach, California kills 120 people..
March 12 - Great Depression: Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first
time as President of the United States. This was also the first of his "Fireside Chats".
March 20 - Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed.
March 23 - The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act, giving Adolf Hitler dictatorial
powers over Germany.
March 31 - The Civilian Conservation Corps is established with the mission to relieve
April 1 - The recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organize a one-day boycott
of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in the series of anti-Semitic acts
that will be known as the Holocaust.
May - Karl Jansky announces the detection of radio waves from the centre of the galaxy.
May 2 - First modern sighting of the Loch Ness Monster.
May 8 - Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21 day fast in protest of British oppression in India.
May 10 - Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.
May 17 - Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling - the
national-socialist party of Norway.
May 18 - New Deal: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs an act creating the
Tennessee Valley Authority.
May 27 - New Deal: The Federal Securities Act is signed into law requiring the
registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
May 27 - The Century of Progress world's fair opens in Chicago, Illinois.
June 5 - The United States Congress abrogates the United States' use of the gold
standard by enacting a joint resolution (48 Stat. 112) nullifying the right of creditors
to demand payment in gold.
July 14 - In Germany, all political parties are outlawed except the Nazi Party.
July 22 - Wiley Post becomes first person to fly solo around the world traveling
15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
August 14 - Loggers cause a forest fire in the Coast Range of Oregon, later known
as the first forest fire of the Tillamook Burn. It is extinguished on September 5, after
destroying 240,000 acres.
September 12 - Leo Szilard, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury,
conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.
October 12 - The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz, is acquired
by the United States Department of Justice who plans to incorporate the island
into its Bureau of Prisons as a federal penitentiary.
November 8 - Great Depression: New Deal - US President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils
the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than
4 million of the unemployed.
November 11 - Dust Bowl: In South Dakota, a very strong dust storm strips topsoil
from desiccated farmlands (this is just one of a series of disastrous dust storms that year).
November 16 - The United States and the Soviet Union establish formal diplomatic relations.
December 26 - The Nissan Motor Company was organized in Tokyo, Japan.
December 26 - FM radio is patented.Year in topic
1933 in film
March 2 - King Kong premieres in New York City.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) once again expresses interest in the Wizard of Oz books
for a series of animated cartoons, but they once again failed to make a deal with
creator Frank Baum.
1933 in literature
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
by Erskine Caldwell.
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
Ulysses allowed into U.S.
1933 in sports
February 10 - In round 13 of a boxing match at New York City's Madison Square
Garden, Primo Carnera knocks out Ernie Schaaf, killing him.
1933 in television
January 23 - W9XAL in Kansas City, Missouri begins broadcasting.
January 24 - John Cameron Swayze begins his daily Journal-Post News Flashes
on W9XAL, which is simulcast on KMBC radio.
February 2 - CBS suspends its television broadcasts.Births
January 6 - Emil Steinberger
January 6 - Oleg Makarov
, cosmonaut (d. 2003).
January 8 - Charles Osgood
, journalist, commentator.
January 14 - Stan Brakhage
, filmmaker (d. 2003).
January 16 - Susan Sontag
January 17 - Dalida
, French singer.
January 18 - John Boorman
January 23 - Chita Rivera
, actress, dancer.
January 25 - Corazon Aquino
, President of the Philippines.
February 12 - Costa-Gavras
, director, writer.
February 13 - Kim Novak
February 18 - Yoko Ono
, singer, artist, wife of John Lennon.
February 21 - Nina Simone
February 22 - Katharine
, Duchess of Kent.
February 26 - Godfrey Cambridge
, actor (d. 1976).
March 14 - Michael Caine
March 14 - Quincy Jones
, music producer, composer.
March 15 - Ruth Bader Ginsberg
, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
March 15 - Roy Clark
, country musician.
March 19 - Philip Roth
March 22 - Jacob van der Holst
April 25 - Jerry Leiber
April 27 - Maria Johanna Berendina van den Houten
April 29 - Mark Eyskens
, Belgian minister and Prime Minister.
May 3 - James Brown
May 7 - Johnny Unitas
, American football star (d. 2002).
May 10 - Barbara Taylor Bradford
May 11 - Louis Farrakhan
, Black Muslim leader.
May 20 - Danny Aiello
, American actor.
May 23 - Joan Collins
May 29 - Marc Carbonneau
, taxi driver and FLQ terrorist.
June 11 - Gene Wilder
June 13 - Tom King
, British politician.
June 19 - Viktor Patsayev
June 30 - Maria Rosina van den Houten
June 30 - Johannes Cornelis Krello
July 7 - Murray Halberg
, New Zealand runner.
August 1 - Dom DeLuise
, actor, comedian.
August 29 - Arnold Koller
, member of the Swiss Federal Council.
September 1 - Ann Richards
, governor of Texas.
September 10 - Yevgeny Khrunov
September 28 - Herman de Hay
November 3 - Michael Dukakis
, US politician.
November 23 - Krzysztof Penderecki
, Polish composer.
November 30 - Annie Jacoba van Dijke
December 6 - Henryk Górecki
December 23 - Akihito
, Emperor of Japan.Deaths
January 3 - Jack Pickford
, actor, Hollywood's first "bad boy".
January 5 - Calvin Coolidge
, President of the United States.
January 7 - Bert Hinkler
, Australian pioneer aviator (b. 1892).
January 13 - Jacob (Jakob) van den Houten
January 14 - Helena de Nas
January 31 - John Galsworthy
February 15 - Pat Sullivan
, director and producer of animated films, alleged
co-creator of Felix the Cat.
February 18 - James J. Corbett
March 6 - Anton Cermak
, mayor of Chicago, Illinois, wounded weeks earlier by
an assassin's bullet intended for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, dies of his injuries.
March 26 - Eddie Lang
, jazz musician (b. 1902).
March 29 - Johannes Robijn
April 3 - Rear Admiral William A. Moffett
, in the crash of the USS Akron.
May 24 - Percy C. Mather
, pioneer missionary to Eastern Turkestan.
May 26 - Jimmie Rodgers
July 15 - Freddie Keppard
, jazz musician (b. 1890).
August 27 - Jan Jonker
October 5 - Renee Adoree
, french actress.
November 20 - Willem van den Houten
November 30 - Arthur Currie
, Canadian military leader.
December 8 - Karl Jatho
, German airplane pioneer.
December 25 - Francesc Macià
, President of Generalitat, Autonomous
government of Catalonia.Blind Blake
, influential blues singer.To my Homepage