1930 Trivia, Facts & History
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1930 History Snapshot
- Politics: Joseph Stalin began forced modernization of the Soviet
Union, resulting in famines that claimed 25 million lives.
- Pop Standards include: Get Happy, Puttin' on the Ritz, Embraceable
You and Happy Days Are Here Again.
- The Big Movies included Tom Sawyer, Hell's Angels and
All Quiet on the Western Front
- Price of loaf of bread in 1930: 9 cents
- The World Population was ~ 2,124,000,000
- US Life Expectancy: Males: 58.1 years, Females: 61.6 years
- Bill Penfield in Strawberry Point, Iowa sat on a flagpole for
51 days and 20 hours, setting a record for the era.
- Invented by Dick Drew, Scotch Cellophane Tape was introduced
- And... On April 18, 1930, the BBC announced, "There is
no news today," and played piano music instead.
| 1930 Books
World Series Champions
| Philadelphia Athletics
Stanley Cup Champs
| Montreal Canadiens
US Open Golf
| Bobby Jones
US Tennis (Men/Ladies)
| John H. Doeg/Betty Nuthall
| Bill Tilden/Helen Moody
NCAA Football Champions
| Alabama & Notre Dame
| Gallant Fox
FIFA World Cup (Soccer)
This was the first 'World Cup.' It was started because the United
States, 1932 Olympic Host, was not going to feature the game in the
1932 Olympiad. It is starting to popular in the US today.
1930's New Faces, Leading Ladies,
Models and Actresses
| Josephine Baker, Joan Blondell, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks,
Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jean
Harlow, Myrna Loy, Dolores Del Rio, Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Todd
| "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas.
How he got in my pajamas, I don't know"
- Groucho Marx in 'Animal Crackers'
"Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?"
- Edward G. Robinson, in 'Little Caesar'
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
| Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Scandals, Sad and Odd News
Before 1930, most people in Western countries died in their own
homes. By the mid-20th century, half of all Americans died in a
hospital. By the start of the 21st century, only about 20 to 25%
of people in developed countries died outside a medical institution.
The infamous Ecce Homo painting by Elías García Martínez,
that was "restored" by a parishioner in 2012 into a very
primative visage of Christ was originally painted in 1930 and originally
considered of little artistic importance by historians.
In 1849, a woman named Mrs. Charlotte M. Winslow concocted a pain
reliever for teething children called Mrs. Winslow's Soothing
Syrup, which contained morphine sulphate, sodium carbonate, spirits
foeniculiand, and aqua ammonia. Shockingly, the syrup remained in
the market until 1930.
There are claims of a 37-foot great white shark getting stuck in
a fishing weir in New Brunswick in 1930. Two fisherman approached
it in a dingy which the shark bit and crushed "like an eggshell".
Judge Joseph Force Crater was last seen exiting a restaurant on
August 6, 1930 and was never heard from again. The investigation
of his disappearance lead to a purge on New York City corruption
from the Tammany Hall political machine.
1930 Pop Culture News
Two brothers created the first car radio which was called a "motorized
victrola" which they shortened to Motorola.
On April 18, 1930, the BBC announced, "There is no news today"
and played piano music instead. It was a Good Friday.
Edgar Bergan, one of the most popular radio acts of the 1930s,was
a ventriloquist, which is strange if you think about it.
The world's longest-running laboratory experiment "demonstrates
and high viscosity of pitch, a derivative of tar once used for
waterproofing boats." In 1930 pitch was left in a glass funnel
to drip out and has only dropped 9 times: about once every 10 years.
Cartoon hottie Betty Boop first appeared in 1930, although she was
more like a poodle. She became more human-like in 1932. Aunt Betty
in (National Lampoon's) Christmas Vacation was the original
voice of Betty Boop.
Babe Ruth signed a contract for a record breaking $80,000. He was
asked by a reporter what he thought of his yearly salary being more
than President Hoover's $75,000. His response: "I know, but
I had a better year than Hoover."
Scotch cellophane tape was invented in 1930 by 3M engineer Richard
Drew. The '3M' stands for the original company name - Minnesota
Mining and Manufacturing Company.
Women composed of 44% of all American college students in 1930
Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton, and other British mystery writers
formed the Detection Club. Members swore an oath to not use "Divine
Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence,
or Act of God" in stories. Founded in 1930, the club still
The first time the word 'astronaut' was used to refer to a human
traveling in space was in Neil R. Jones's short story The
Death's Head Meteor, in 1930.
Even though he was a teenager during the Great Depression, John
F. Kennedy confessed he really didn't know about it until he read
about it while going to Harvard.
Beginning in 1930, Robert Ripley of Ripley's Believe it or Not,
recorded live radio shows from underwater, the sky, caves, snake
pits and foreign countries, through the late 1940s.
One of the first interracial collaborative records was a 1930 78
RPM record by Jimmie Rodgers with music by Louis Armstrong and his
wife. "Blue Yodel #9" is a song about being harassed by
Spaulding developed the Kro-Flight golf ball, the first wound ball
with a liquid center. The ball increased distance and control for
Author Mary Roberts Rinehart is considered the source of the phrase
"The butler did it" from her novel The Door, although
her novel does not use the exact phrase
Kleenex was invented and advertised as a cold cream remover in 1924.
It was only rebranded in 1930 after a majority of customers reported
using product mostly for blowing their nose, doubling the company's
The chocolate chip cookie was developed in 1930 by Ruth Graves Wakefield.
She sold the recipe to Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime
supply of chocolate chips.
A zoologist went to Syria and brought back 11 newly discovered Golden
Hamsters. Only 2 of them bred and their offspring were sent to laboratories
around the world. Today, the hamsters you see in pet stores are
most likely descendants of these two hamsters.
William Howard Taft(1857-1930) was the last American president to
have any sort of facial hair.
Clyde Tombaugh was photographing the sky and comparing the pictures.
He noticed a faint dot that had moved. The young man from Kansas
discovered Pluto, named by 11-year old Venetia Burney. Percival
Lowell thought something was up between Neptune and Uranus and had
been looking for the planet since 1905 or so. Since its discovery
on February 18th 1930, Pluto has yet to complete a single orbit
around the Sun, which it will do so on March 23rd 2178.
Sir Frank Whittle (RAF) invented the modern jet engine, using a
gas turbine to provide forward thrust.
Before Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam in 1930 he placed a $1000
bet on himself at 50/1, winning $50,000.
Adjust for inflation, a three minute call from New York to London
in 1930 cost over $400.
Modern Screen Magazine (1930-1985)
Fortune began publication
| Reading Cimarron by Edna Ferber
Reading As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Reading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
1930's Most Popular Christmas Gifts
| Mickey Mouse toys
|The Age of Gold (or The Golden Age), All Quiet on
the Western Front, Animal Crackers, Anna Christie, The Big House,
Blue Angel, The Devil's Holiday, The Divorcee, Earth, Hell's Angels,
Ingagi, Little Caesar, Tom Sawyer, Under Roofs of Paris, Whoopee!,
Women in the Moon
More Pop Culture Resources
|Popular Music in 1930
# 1 Hits of 1930