- Contract bridge gains in popularity as a card game.
- Comic strips (including "Blondie") gain more fans in the United States.
- France begins building the Maginot Line, considered to be an impregnable fortification along France's eastern border. The Germans, however, would flank it in 1940 during World War II.
- Photoflash bulb comes into use.
- Gangster Alphonse "Scarface" Capone jailed for income tax evasion.
- Hattie T. Caraway, D-Ark., is the first woman elected U.S. Senator.
- Franz and Toni Schmid are the first to climb the northern face of the Matterhorn.
- Prohibition is repealed.
- The Lindbergh baby is kidnapped.
- Holland completes Zuider Zee drainage project, transforming the former North Sea inlet into a large freshwater lake and fertile farmland.
- Dionne quintuplets born in Callendar, Ontario.
- USS Normandie launched, largest ship afloat until Queen Elizabeth in 1938.
- USS Queen Mary launched.
- FBI shoots John Dillinger, "Public Enemy No. 1."
- Rumba becomes the fashionable dance.
- Alcoholics Anonymous organized in New York City.
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) organized by John L. Lewis.
- Henry Luce begins publication of Life magazine.
- Bruno Richard Hauptman convicted of kidnapping and killing Lindbergh baby.
- Amelia Earhart lost on Pacific flight.
- Lincoln Tunnel completed between New York and New Jersey.
- Disaster of dirigible Hindenberg at Lakehurst, N.J., described in first transcontinental radio broadcast.
- Golden Gate Bridge opens in San Francisco.
- Howard Hughes flies around the world in three days, 19 hours, 17 minutes.
- USS Queen Elizabeth launched.
- 40-hour work week established in United States.
- New products on the shelves include Bird's-Eye pre-cooked frozen foods and Lay's potato chips.
- Pan-American Airways begins regularly scheduled commercial flights between United States and Europe.
-- Compiled by Debbie Meyers