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1934 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1933

World Series Champions

St. Louis Cardinals

NFL Champions

New York Giants

Stanley Cup Champs

Chicago Black Hawks

U.S. Open Golf

Olin Dutra

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Fred Perry/ Helen H. Jacobs

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Fred Perry/Dorothy Round

NCAA Football Champions


Kentucky Derby


World Cup (Soccer)


The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Josephine Baker, Joan Blondell, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Todd, Mae West, Fay Wray

"The Quotes"

"Take my wife, please"
- Henny Youngman

"When you care enough to send the very best"
- Hallmark cards

John McGroarty, a former Congressman from California, wrote a letter to a constituent in 1934 and said "One of the countless drawbacks of being in Congress is that I am compelled to receive impertinent letters from a jackass like you...Will you please take two running jumps and go to hell."

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Miss America


The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

A sad realization came to six year old Shirley Temple when a department store Santa asked her for her autograph.

Master Criminal Deaths: Baby Face Nelson (police shoot-out), Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker (police ambush)

1934 Pop Culture News

Future US President Gerald Ford threatened to not play for the Michigan football team because the school would not let his teammate Willis Ward, who was black, play against Georgia Tech, which refused to share the field with a black player. Ward talked Ford out of it and Michigan won.

Donald Duck first appeared in the Silly Symphonies cartoon The Wise Little Hen on June 9, 1934, although there was a mention of him in a 1931 Disney book. He was the first of many clothed cartoon characters who didn't wear pants.

The largest pearl ever found, the 'Pearl of Lao Tzu' was found, weighing 31,893.5 carats (just over 14 lbs)

Only three films that have won all of the Big Five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing (Original or Adapted). Those films were: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

The Habits

Reading Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen
Reading I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Reading Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
Reading Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reading A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Reading Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Reading The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

1934's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Sorry!, Radio Flyer* 'Streak Lite' wagon with horn and lights

Popular Movies:

L'Atalante, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, The Black Cat, Bright Eyes, Clepatra, The Gay Divorcee, The Goddess, Imitation of Life, It Happened One Night, It's a Gift, Judge Priest, The Lost Patrol, The Merry Widow, Of Human Bondage, One Night of Love, The Scarlet Empress, The Scalet Pimpernel, Tarzan and His Mate, The Thin Man, Viva Villa!

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Popular Music in 1934 ~ # 1 Hits of 1934