Decades: 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s - 1930s - 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s
Years: 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 - 1936 - 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941
January 15 -- The first building to be completely covered in glass is completed in Toledo, Ohio, for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.
January 20 - Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom.
January 31 - The Green Hornet radio show debuts.
February 4 - Radium E. becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
February 6 - The 1936 Winter Olympic Games opens in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
March 1 - Hoover Dam is completed.
March 7 - World War II: In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupies the Rhineland.
March 8 - The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
April 3 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann is executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, the baby son of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh.
May 9 - Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
May 28 - Alan Turing submits "On Computable Numbers" for publication.
July 11 - Triborough Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic.
July 17 - Spanish Civil War: Francisco Franco and other generals attempt a coup d'etat, starting a conservative rebellion against the recently-elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain. This marks the start of the war
July - British Police end routine armed patrols in London.
October 9 - Generators at Boulder Dam (later renamed to Hoover Dam) begins to transmit electricity from the Colorado River 266 miles to Los Angeles, California.
October 13 - The Jarrow March sets off for London.
October 28 - US President Franklin Roosevelt rededicates the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.
October 31 - The Boy Scouts of the Philippines was formed.
November 3 - U.S. presidential election, 1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt is reelected to a second term in a landslide victory over Alf Landon.
November 12 - In California, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.
November 23 - The first edition of Life is published.
November 25 - In Berlin, Nazi-Germany and Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact, thus agreeing to consult on what measures to take "to safeguard their common interests" in case of an unprovoked attack by the Soviet Union against either nation (Adolf Hitler broke the terms of the pact when he signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact in August, 1939).
November 30 - In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed in a fire (it had been built for the 1851 Great Exhibition).
December 11 - Abdication of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom leads to accession of King George VI of the United Kingdom.
December 30 - The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike.
Inge Lehmann argues that the Earth's molten interior has a solid core.
The Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Turkish Straits is signed.
YMCA Youth and Government program founded in Albany, New York
Year in topic
1936 in film
January 6 - Porky Pig premieres
The Great Ziegfeld
Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Romeo and Juliet
A Tale of Two Cities
1936 in literature
The Allegory of Love by C. S. Lewis
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Life magazine is first published
1936 in music
January 4 - Billboard magazine publishes its first music hit parade
1936 in sports
January 29 - First inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced
February 8 - Jay Berwanger becomes the first person to be selected by a National Football League draft, by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany
August 9 - 1936 Summer Olympics: Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the games becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympics.
1936 in television
July 7 - NBC's first attempt at actual programming is a 30-minute variety show featuring speeches, dance ensembles, monologues, vocal numbers, and film clips.
Approximately 2000 television sets are in use around the world
January 3 - Georgina Spelvin, pornographic film actress
January 10 - Stephen Ambrose, historian (+ 2002)
January 10 - Robert Wilson, physicist, radio astronomer
January 22 - Joseph Wambaugh, author
January 23 - Jerry Kramer, US football star
January 27 - Troy Donahue, actor (+ 2001)
January 28 - Alan Alda, actor
January 28 - Ismail Kadare, Albanian writer
February 11 - Burt Reynolds, United States actor
February 17 - Jim Brown, US football star
February 21 - Barbara Jordan, American politician (+ 1996)
February 23 - Majel Barrett, United States actress
February 29 - Henri Richard, ice hockey player
March 4 - Jim Clark, racing driver (+ 1968)
March 5 - Dean Stockwell, actor
March 6 - Marion Barry Jr, mayor of Washington, DC
March 7 - Loren Acton, astronaut
March 11 - Rev. Ralph Abernathy, civil rights leader (+ 1990)
March 11 - Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court
March 17 - Ladislav Kupkovic, composer
March 18 - Frederik Willem de Klerk, South African politician
March 19 - Ursula Andress, actress
March 24 - David Suzuki, environmentalist
March 28 - Mario Vargas Llosa, author and politician
April 10 - John Madden, sportscaster, former NFL coach
April 22 - Glen Campbell, musician
April 23 - Roy Orbison, singer (+ 1988)
May 9 - Glenda Jackson, actress and politician
May 9 - Albert Finney, actor
May 12 - Frank Stella, painter
May 14 - Aline Chainé, future First Lady of Canada
May 14 - Bobby Darin, singer (+ 1973)
May 15 - Paul Zindel, novelist, playwright
May 15 - Anna Maria Alberghetti, actress
May 16 - Karl Lehmann, theologian
May 17 - Dennis Hopper, actor, director
May 28 - Betty Shabazz, civil rights leader and wife of Malcolm X
May 30 - Keir Dullea, actor
June 23 - Costas Simitis, later Prime Minister of Greece.
June 26 - Robert Maclennan, British politician
July 23 - Don Drysdale, major league baseball pitcher (+ 1993)
July 28 - Garfield Sobers, cricketer
August 1 - Yves St. Laurent, fashion designer
August 21 - Wilt Chamberlain, basketball legend (+ 1999)
September 7 - Buddy Holly, United States singer (+ 1959)
October 3 - Steve Reich, composer
October 16 - Andrei Chikatilo, Russian serial killer (+ 1994)
November 20 - Don DeLillo, United States author
December 25- Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent
January 16 - Albert Fish, serial killer (executed)
January 18 - Rudyard Kipling, British writer
January 20 - King George V of the United Kingdom
February 4 - Wilhelm Gustloff, Swiss Nazi Party leader
February 19 - Billy Mitchell, military aviation pioneer
February 26 - Saito Makoto, Japanese prime minister
April 3 - Bruno Hauptmann, convicted of killing Charles Lindbergh Jr.
April 8 - Robert_Barany, Nobel Prize winner in medicine
June 11 - Robert E. Howard, American fantasy author
June 14 - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, author
August 2 - Louis Blériot, French aviation pioneer
August 15 - Grazia Deledda, Italian writer and Nobel Prize laureate
Physics - Victor Franz Hess, Carl David Anderson
Chemistry - Petrus Josephus Wilhelmus Debye
Medicine - Sir Henry Hallett Dale, Otto Loewi
Literature - Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
Peace - Carlos Saavedra Lamas\n