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1936 Trivia

<< - 1935
World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
NFL Champions:
Green Bay Packers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf:
Tony Manero
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Fred Perry/Alice Marble
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Fred Perry/Helem Jacobs
NCAA Football Champions:
Minnesota
Kentucky Derby:
Bold Venture
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Josephine Baker, Joan Blondell, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Hedy Lamarr, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Mae West
"The Quote"
"Between two evils, I take the one I never tried before" - Mae West in Klondike Annie

Time Magazine's WoMan of the Year:
Wallis Simpson
Miss America:
Rose Coyle (Philadelphia, PA)

The Scandals:
The dying King George V was euthanised with morphine in 1936, according to doctor's notes, to ensure that his death would be announced in morning papers and not in the "less appropriate" evening papers.

Condoms were illegal in the US until 1936!

Writer Death by Suicide: Robert E. Howard

1936 Pop Culture News:
Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in Cooperstown, New York. Ty Cobb got more votes than Babe Ruth in the inaugural Hall of Fame roster. Ty was a great player, but apparently not well-liked by his peers. Only four members of the Baseball community went his funeral.

From 1936-1966, black Americans going on a road trip often used a "Negro Motorist Green Book" that would list businesses that sold to black people. The book helped travelers avoid one of 10,000 "sundown towns", places it was the law that all non-whites had to leave the town by sundown.

A 1936 heat wave killed 5,000 in the United States.

In Raynham Hall in England, photographers Indre Shira and Captain Provand took a picture of 'The Brown Lady,' one of the most famous ghost pictures in the world.

A rare million-dollar Stradivarius violin got stolen from virtuoso Hall Huberman. The thief, a café musician named Julian Altman, became famous and performed for presidents. 49 years after the theft, he confessed to the theft on his deathbed and his wife received $263k finder’s fee.

A Greenland shark was tagged off Greenland in 1936 and recaptured in 1952. Its measurements suggest that Greenland sharks grow at a rate of 0.5–1 cm (0.2–0.4 in) per year, thus the largest individuals may live about 200 years, making them among the longest-lived vertebrates on Earth.

The 2013 Transpacific yacht race from San Francisco to Honolulu was won by the same boat that won in 1936.

Carl Stalling, the composer behind Bugs Bunny, spent 22 years working every day with a 50-piece orchestra at Warner Bros. Studios. He ultimately scored in excess of 600 cartoons at the rate of one score per week between 1936 and 1958.

The Great Stork Derby was a contest held in Toronto from 1926-1936, in which women competed to produce the most babies in order to win $750K as stipulated in the will of a wealthy lawyer. The prize ended up being split among four women who each had 9 babies.

Fiesta dinnerware was founded, only to be discontinued in 1973. The antique after-marker for the products was so hot that the company was founded again in 1986. It now discontinues/changes colors and product lines, keeping a 'collectability' most brands do not have.

Corn nuts are made by soaking whole kernels in water for three days, then deep-frying them in oil until they are hard and brittle. Albert Holloway came up with them in 1936, selling them to taverns who would then give them away free to patrons, as they were particularly tasty with beer.

In the 1936 Presidential Election, Franklin D. Roosevelt won 523 electoral votes, while his opponent Alf Landon only won 8.

Geico (the Government Employees Insurance Company) was founded.

At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, 25,000 pigeons were released during the opening ceremony. When a cannon was fired, the frightened pigeons begun to poop on the spectators watching the ceremony.

Betty Robinson, an Olympic runner, was involved in a plane crash in 1931 and was wrongly pronounced dead upon first being discovered. She spend 7 months in a coma and it took her 2 years to learn to walk normally again. In 1936, she returned to the US olympic team and won gold in the relay.

Mack Robinson, brother of Jackie Robinson, medaled in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Upon returning home to California, the only work he could find as an African American was sweeping streets, which he did while wearing his Olympic 'USA' sweatshirt.

During the 1936 Olympics, Liechtenstein and Haiti realized their national flags were identical. A gold crown was added to Liechtenstein's as a result.

After Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Adolf Hitler sent Owens a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself. Honors were not bestowed upon Jesse Owens by either President Franklin D. Roosevelt or his successor Harry S. Truman during their terms. 'Hitler didn't snub me - it was FDR who snubbed me,' Owens said.

The Habit:
Reading Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind'
Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Great Ziegfeld
Popular Music in 1936 - # 1 Hits of 1936