Explore what happened in1931

1931

If you have been careful to notice, athletes, sportsmen, and women take a step back before taking a shot. This goes to show that we have to gather ourselves up to enhance our ability to tackle the challenges ahead of us.

1931

One of the most devastating events of the 20th century came in 1931 where 3.7 million people lost their lives directly and indirectly following floods after the Yangtze River in China burst its banks. In January of 1931, Southern China received a far-above-average rainfall that led to the flooding of adjacent fields up to 500 square miles by August 18. The floods caused the displacement of over half a million people from their homes as August was beginning and rainfall was still falling.

Across the globe, gold and silver mining prospects were attracting the first settlers to Nevada. Mines started declining and the legislature of the state in a bid to stop the mass migration, legalized gambling on March 19, and divorce much later. The legalization of gambling put Nevada on the road to becoming home to one of the gambling and entertainment capitals of the world, Las Vegas. Gambling taxes account for a huge chunk of all revenues for the state.

1931 is the year that New York received the stunning sight of Empire State building added to its skyline becoming of the gem of the Big Apple. It took a little bit over a year for John Jakob Raskob and a group of New York investors and a budget of not more than $40 million to finish the 102-storey tower.On May 1st, President of the USA Herbert Hoover dedicated the Empire State building by turning on the buildings lights. The Empire State building lost the stature of world’s tallest building in 1972 to the World Trade Center.

History when carefully examined we learn how to avert disasters and accomplish great architecture plans. Experience prepares an individual for the future.

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Old Newspapers

Old Newspapers

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

The Painted Desert

Directed by: Howard Higgin

Starring: William Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees, William Farnum

Country: United States

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Inspiration

Directed by: Clarence Brown

Starring: Greta Garbo, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone

Country: United States

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Dracula

Directed by: Tod Browning

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners

Country: United States

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Westfront 1918

Directed by: G.W. Pabst

Starring: Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Moebis

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1931 ?

The Good Earth

By: Pearl S. Buck

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes.Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained ...

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Shadows on the Rock

By: Willa Cather

Willa Cather's novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to a new world even as they clung to the artifacts and manners of one they ...

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A White Bird Flying

By: Bess Streeter Aldrich

Abbie Deal, the matriarch of a pioneer Nebraska family, has died at the beginning of A White Bird Flying, leaving her china and heavy furniture to others and to her granddaughter Laura the secret of her dream of finer things.

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Grand Hotel

By: Vicki Baum

A grand hotel in the center of 1920s Berlin serves as a microcosm of the modern world in Vicki Baum’s celebrated novel, a Weimar-era best seller that retains all its verve and luster today.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1931 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Robert
  2. James
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. Charles
  7. Donald
  8. George
  9. Joseph
  10. Thomas
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Betty
  3. Dorothy
  4. Barbara
  5. Joan
  6. Helen
  7. Margaret
  8. Patricia
  9. Shirley
  10. Doris

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