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1930 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1929

World Series Champions

Philadelphia Athletics

Stanley Cup Champs

Montreal Canadiens

U.S. Open Golf

Bobby Jones

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

John H. Doeg/Betty Nuthall

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Bill Tilden/Helen Moody

NCAA Football Champions

Alabama & Notre Dame

Kentucky Derby

Gallant Fox

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.

Sex Symbols, Hotties and Fashion Icons

Josephine Baker, Joan Blondell, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Dolores Del Rio, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Todd

"The Quotes"

"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

Miss America


1930 Pop Culture News

Two brothers created the first car radio which was called a "motorized victrola" which they shortened to Motorola.

Cartoon hottie Betty Boop first appeared in 1930, although she was more like a poodle. She became more human-like in 1932.

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.

Spaulding developed the Kro-Flight golf ball, the first wound ball with a liquid center. The ball increased distance and control for golfers.

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.

Sir Frank Whittle (RAF) invented the modern jet engine, using a gas turbine to provide forward thrust.

The Habits

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

Popular Movies:

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