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80 Years Ago

Archives 12-30-2009

1934 In Review
(75 Years Ago)

Mohatma Gandhi quits politics, begins a fast to protest the mistreatment of India’s lepers.

Adolf Hitler combines positions of Chancellor and President, and becomes “Führer” of Germany.

Federal prison opens at Alcatraz.

National unemployment is 22 percent.

Jimmy Durante writes and records “Inky Dinky Do”.

USA occupies Haiti.

Shirley MacLaine is born.

Nash Motors produces its 1,000,000 car and introduces the LaFayette five-passenger, two-door sedan, selling for $645, including cruising gear or overdrive.

Federal agents gun down John Dillinger outside a Chicago theatre.

One year before retiring at age 40, Babe Ruth slugs in 22 homeruns. Forty-five years later, commemorating the 100th anniversary of professional baseball, Babe Ruth is named the greatest player ever, a position he holds today. The Babe’s record of hitting 14 percent of the home runs in the American League and the National League combined in one year hasn’t been surpassed.

Roberto Clemente is born.

World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals.
“Viva Villa!” Staring Wallace Berry as Pancho Villa opens at theatres.

Maggis Lena Walker, 1st US black woman to head a bank, dies.

Orson Welles and Virginia Nicholson wed.

Max Baer Sr. knocks out Primo Carnera to become World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. “The Boxing Register International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book” terms Max’s right hand the most powerful in heavyweight history.

Dewayne Hickman (Dobie Gillis) is born.

Marie Curie dies.

“Cleopatra” starring Claudette Colbert opens at theatres.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot dead in an ambush.
Nick Nolte is born.

“The House of the Rising Sun” a 16th century English folk song, is first recorded.

Leonard Cohen is born.

Sons of the Pioneers, featuring Roy Rogers, record “Tumblin’ Tumbleweed”.

The 135 film cartridge is introduced in Germany and the United States with the Kodak Retina camera, making 35mm film easy to use.

John Wayne stars in “West of the Divide”.

Father Charles E. Coughlin founds the National Union of Social Justice to oust President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Donald Sutherland is born.

Riley Puckett records “Ragged But Right”.

Pepsi Cola franchise is valued at $315. 
First “Nero Wolf” book by Ralph Stout is published.

Carl Sagan is born.

Gerald Nye and his Munitions Investigating Committee interview witnesses and examine government documents to substantiate the strong link between the American government’s decision to enter World War I and the lobbying of the munitions industry.

Habbid Hassan Touma is born.

“Tropic of Cancer” by Henry Miller is published.

Earl Hines records the album “South Side Swing”.

Harlan Ellison is born.

Robert Graves wins the James Tait Black Memorial prize for fiction, “I Claudius”, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels.

Huey Long launches his Share Our Wealth Society, telling the Senate:

“Unless we provide for redistribution of wealth in this country, the country is doomed.”

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