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1933 Trivia

<< - 1932
World Series Champions:
New York Giants
NFL Champions:
Chicago Bears
Stanley Cup Champs:
New York Rangers
U.S. Open Golf:
Johnny Goodman
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Fred Perry/ Helen H. Jacobs
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Jack Crawford/Helen Moody
NCAA Football Champions:
Michigan
Kentucky Derby:
Brokers Tip
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Josephine Baker, Joan Blondell, Claudette Colbert, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Dolores Del Rio, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Todd, Raquel Torres, Mae West, Fay Wray
"The 1933 Quotes"
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.
- Robert Armstrong, in 'King Kong'

"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
- Oliver Hardy, in 'Sons of the Desert'

"When I'm good, I'm very very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better"
- Mae West, in 'I'm No Angel'

"Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"
- Mae West, in 'She Done Him Wrong'

"Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"
- Warner Baxter, in '42nd Street'

Both co-directors of King Kong appeared in the 1933 film as the pilots who finally killed him, because "We should kill the sonofabitch ourselves."

Anton Cermak, a Czech immigrant and mayor of Chicago, was shot and killed during an apparent assassination attempt on President FDR. His last words to FDR before he passed: "I'm glad it was me instead of you."

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Hugh Samuel Johnson
Miss America:
Mary Katherine Campbell (Columbus, Ohio)

The Scandals & Bad News:
The song 'Gloomy Sunday' published by a Hungarian, Rezso Seress, in 1933, became known as the 'Hungarian suicide song' and was banned from radio when over 19 suicides were attributed to the song including the composer himself. Of course, this may be an urban legend.

Rep. Wesley Lloyd proposed a constitution amendment limiting personal wealth to $1,000,000.

The Reichstag Fire Decree was issued in 1933 and nullified many key civil liberties of German citizens, including free of expression, public assembly, and secrecy of the post & telephone. This decree remained in force for the duration of the Nazi era, allowing Hitler to rule under martial law.

The first 'Nude Scene' is often credited to Hedy Lamarr in 'Extase' (Ecstasy).

America's most senior, most decorated Marine, General Smedley Butler, told the House of Representitives that wealthy businessmen tried to recruit him to overthrow President Roosevelt in a coup, and install a fascist government.

1933 Pop Culture News:
An expedition led by W. Douglas Burden to Komodo Island in 1926 yielded 12 preserved and 2 live Komodo Dragon specimens. This expedition is what inspired the 1933 movie King Kong. King Kong was the first over-the-top Sci Fi Blockbuster Movie.

During prohibition, an exemption was made for whiskey prescribed by a doctor and sold through a pharmacy. The Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400 during this period, from 1920 to 1933.

The first soap box derby started in Dayton, Ohio.

The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was repealed, allowing sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks, and ending Prohibition. The 18th amendment was the first (and only) constitutional amendment that actually withheld a right from American citizens - the constititution has traditioninally protected individual rights.

Up until 1933 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons were released into the air at the conclusion of the parade and would stay airborne above the city for as long as a week. A return address was stitched in some and people who returned them received $100 reward.

Executive Order 6102, presidential executive order was signed on April 5, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, forbidding the American public from owning gold and forcing them to sell it to the government effectively ending the feasibility of the gold standard.

Dagwood Bumstead from the comic “Blondie” was the heir to millions. He was disinherited when he married Blondie Boopadoop, a poor girl.

As someone who actively avoided any kind of attention, Paul Dirac wanted to refuse the Nobel Prize in 1933 in order to avoid the publicity. He accepted it only when advised that, as the first person to refuse a Nobel Prize, the publicity would be even greater.

The Gallo (Ernest & Julio) Winery opened.

Frances Perkins was named secretary of labor by President Roosevelt, the first U.S. female cabinet member.

The Thomas E. Wilson Company (later called Wilson Sporting Goods) introduced the R-90 sand wedge golf club.

1933 was the first time you could buy a 'Betty Crocker' cookbook.

Silent cinema star, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, made a comeback deal after his scandal. He was signed by Warner Bros. to make a feature-length film, and said: "This is the best day of my life." Later that night, he suffered a heart attack and died in his sleep.

Richard Hollingshead opened the first movie Drive-In in Camden, NJ.

"The Girl In Blue" - a mysterious friendly visitor in Willoughby, Ohio walked in front of a moving train on Dec. 24, 1933-despite not knowing who she was the town donated funds to give her a head stone and 3,000 locals came out to say goodbye.

Two nerds fron Cleveland, Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster, had a little self-published science fiction fanzine called 'Science Fiction', and in issue #3, had a story about a super-powered telepath who attempted to take over the world. A few years later they evolved the Super-Man idea and brought to it to National Allied Publications, which later became DC Comics, and the character named Superman became the most popular fictional character of all time.

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Cavalcade
Popular Music in 1933 - # 1 Hits of 1933