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Years: 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 - 1933 - 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938
Worst year of the Great Depression
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 Hindenburg
January 30 - The first of 2,956 episodes of The Lone Ranger airs on the radio for the first time.
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 (see: Reichstag 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 rampant unemployment.
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 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.
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
USA Federal government legalizes alcohol, outlaws marijuana.
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
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
James Joyce's Ulysses allowed into U.S.
1933 in music
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 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
January 6 - Emil Steinberger, cabaretist
January 6 - Oleg Makarov, cosmonaut († 2003)
January 8 - Charles Osgood, journalist, commentator
January 14 - Stan Brakhage, filmmaker (+ 2003)
January 16 - Susan Sontag, author
January 17 - Dalida, French singer
January 18 - John Boorman, director
January 23 - Chita Rivera, actress, dancer
January 25 - Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines
January 28 - Susan Sontag, novelist, philosopher, essayist, director, playwright
February 12 - Costa-Gavras, director, writer
February 13 - Kim Novak, actress
February 18 - Yoko Ono, singer, artist, wife of John Lennon
February 21 - Nina Simone, singer
February 22- Katharine, Duchess of Kent.
February 26 - Godfrey Cambridge, actor (+ 1976)
March 14 - Michael Caine, actor
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, author
April 25 - Jerry Leiber, composer
April 29 - Mark Eyskens, Belgian minister and Prime Minister
May 7 - Johnny Unitas, American football star (+ 2002)
May 10 - Barbara Taylor Bradford, writer
May 11 - Louis Farrakhan, Black Muslim leader
May 20 - Danny Aiello, American actor
May 23 - Joan Collins, actress
May 29 - Marc Carbonneau, taxi driver and FLQ terrorist
June 13 - Tom King, British politician
June 19 - Viktor Patsayev, cosmonaut
September 10 - Yevgeny Khrunov, cosmonaut
November 23 - Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish composer
December 6 - Henryk Górecki, composer
December 23 - Akihito, Emperor of Japan
January 3 - Jack Pickford, actor, Hollywood's first "bad boy"
January 5 - Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States
January 31 - John Galsworthy, writer
February 15 - Pat Sullivan, director and producer of animated films, alleged co-creator of Felix the Cat
February 18 - James J. Corbett, boxer
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
April 3 - Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, in the crash of the USS Akron
May 23 - Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, outlaws
May 26 - Jimmie Rodgers, singer
October 5 - Renee Adoree, french actress
November 30 - Arthur Currie, Canadian military leader.
December 8 - Karl Jatho, German airplane pioneer.
December 25 - Francesc Maciŕ, President of Generalitat, Autonomous government of Catalonia
Blind Blake, influential blues singer.
Physics - Erwin Schrödinger, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac
Chemistry - not awarded
Medicine - Thomas Hunt Morgan
Literature - Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin
Peace - Sir Norman Angell (Ralph Lane)\n