1930-1939: TIMELINE OF DAILY LIFE


1930

  • 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.

    1931

  • 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.

    1932

  • Prohibition is repealed.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.

    1934

  • 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."


    1935

  • Rumba becomes the fashionable dance.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous organized in New York City.
  • Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) organized by John L. Lewis.

    1936

  • Henry Luce begins publication of Life magazine.
  • Bruno Richard Hauptman convicted of kidnapping and killing Lindbergh baby.

    1937

  • 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.

    1938

  • 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.

    1939

  • 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

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