While settled firmly in one of America’s darkest decades, The Great Depression, 1933 was not a year solely built on doom and gloom.
It saw advancements in board games, worker’s rights, and the first movie appearances of Shirley Temple. On the other hand, coming only six years prior to World War Two, 1933 served as foreshadowing for much of what followed. While this year saw the death of Calvin Coolidge, it also welcomed many greats into the world: Corazon Aquino, Yoko Ono, Joan Rivers, Yasser Arafat, and Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen. Popular books included Lost Horizon and Company K. Not only did this year see the birth of silver-screen titan King Kong, it also saw the premiere of The Lone Ranger and the first issue of Newsweek.
Anyone who loves to kick back with a beer, should thank their stars for 1933; this year ended prohibition with the passage of the Blaine Act. The government did a lot more than welcome back liquor.
After Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inauguration, the Public Works Administration became effective, the 20th amendment went into effect, the people elected the first female speaker, the President appointed the first woman in the cabinet, and the US congress set the first minimum wage at 33 cents.
A new source of family drama erupted with the invention of Monopoly. At the same time, Dillinger, hoping to make some real money, robbed his first bank in Ohio. The German Gestapo formed after President Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler as the Reich Chancellor of Germany. Blown adrift by the encroaching Nazi storm, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States. While commonly overshadowed by World War Two and The Great Depression, 1933 had its moments of light; when they didn’t help hold things together, people could finally go back to the local bar.
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- 02 Jan 1933 Bruins beat Rangers in New York 13-3
- 03 Jan 1933 Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
- 05 Jan 1933 Work on Golden Gate Bridge begins, on Marin County side
- 07 Jan 1933 1st edition of People and Fatherland published in the Netherlands
- 09 Jan 1933 Amsterdam confectionery worker go on strike against wage reduction
- 11 Jan 1933 Sir Charles Kingsford Smith makes the first commercial flight between Australia and New Zealand.
- 12 Jan 1933 Uprising of Guardia Civil in Spain, 25 die.
- 14 Jan 1933 The controversial Bodyline cricket tactics used by Douglas Jardine's England peaks when Australian captain Bill Woodfull was hit in the heart.
- 15 Jan 1933 Political violence causes almost 100 deaths in Spain.
- 16 Jan 1933 Bert Oldfield flattened by Larwood delivery in Adelaide cricket Test.
- 17 Jan 1933 Bradman takes second Test wicket, Hammond, bowled
- 18 Jan 1933 White Sands National Monument, New Mexico established.
- 23 Jan 1933 20th Amendment changes date of US Presidential inaugurations to January 20.
- 27 Jan 1933 Otto Meisnner dines with British ambassador Rumbold
- 28 Jan 1933 French government of Paul Boncour falls.
- 29 Jan 1933 German President von Hindenburg appoints Hitler chancellor
- 30 Jan 1933 Lone Ranger begins a 21-year run on ABC radio
- 31 Jan 1933 French government of Edouard Daladier takes power.
- 01 Feb 1933 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname
- 02 Feb 1933 A second international conference on disarmament ends without results, It tries to limit the army sizes of the major powers, while Germany is entitled to 200,000, Germany leaves the conference because a plan postpones the limitations for 4 years.
- 03 Feb 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe departs to Berlin
- 04 Feb 1933 German President Paul von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press.
- 05 Feb 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch / German boundary
- 06 Feb 1933 Highest recorded sea wave (not tsunami), 34 metres (112 feet), in Pacific hurricane near Manila, Philippines.
- 07 Feb 1933 Colonial troops in Suriname kill two demonstrators.
- 08 Feb 1933 -23 degrees F (-31 degrees C), Seminole, Texas (state record low).
- 09 Feb 1933 -63 degrees F (-53 degrees C), Moran, Wyoming (state record low).
- 10 Feb 1933 Dutch seaplane bombs Dutch ship
- 12 Feb 1933 German vice-chancellor Franz von Papen demands Catholic aid for Nazis.
- 15 Feb 1933 Karl Radek praises invincible force of German communist party.
- 16 Feb 1933 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against Nazis / communists
- 17 Feb 1933 Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead in the comic Blondie
- 20 Feb 1933 House of Representatives completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition.
- 24 Feb 1933 In Stratford, Texas, a bright fireball is seen in the sky, falling as a 4-pound metallic meteorite.
- 25 Feb 1933 1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger
- 26 Feb 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe kept overnight in a police cell
- 27 Feb 1933 Nazis set fire to German parliament, blame it on Communists
- 28 Feb 1933 1st female in cabinet: Francis Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor
- 01 Mar 1933 Bank holidays declared in six US states, to prevent run on banks.
- 02 Mar 1933 King Kong, premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy, New York City
- 03 Mar 1933 New York City premiere of King Kong
- 04 Mar 1933 FDR inaugrated as 32nd pres, pledges to pull US out of Depression and says We have nothing to fear but fear itself
- 05 Mar 1933 FDR proclaims 10-day bank holiday
- 06 Mar 1933 FDR declares a nationwide bank holiday
- 07 Mar 1933 Game of Monopoly invented
- 09 Mar 1933 Congress is called into special session by FDR, and began its 100 days
- 10 Mar 1933 Nevada becomes first US state to regulate narcotics.
- 12 Mar 1933 FDR conducts his 1st fireside chat
- 13 Mar 1933 Banks reopen
- 14 Mar 1933 Civilian Conservation Corp begins tree conservation.
- 15 Mar 1933 NAACP begins coordinated attack on segregation and discrimination.
- 18 Mar 1933 US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Maribel Vinson.
- 20 Mar 1933 Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida's electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- 21 Mar 1933 Construction of Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed.
- 22 Mar 1933 FDR makes wine and beer with up to 3.2% alcohol legal
- 23 Mar 1933 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens
- 24 Mar 1933 Peter I Island incorporated as a Norwegian dependency.
- 27 Mar 1933 Polythene discovered by Reginald Gibson and Eric William Fawcett.
- 28 Mar 1933 German Reichstag confers dictatorial powers on Hitler
- 31 Mar 1933 German Republic gives power to Hitler
- 01 Apr 1933 Nazi Germany begins persecution of Jews boycotting Jewish businesses
- 02 Apr 1933 In a cricket test match against New Zealand, England batsman Wally Hammond scores a record 336 runs.ref name=quotCassell's Chronologyquot
- 03 Apr 1933 1st airplane flight over Mt Everest
- 04 Apr 1933 US dirigible Akron crashes off coast of New Jersey, 73 die.
- 05 Apr 1933 US President Franklin Roosevelt issues Executive Order 6102, requiring public to turn in gold certificates, bullion, and coins for placement in the Federal Reserve.
- 07 Apr 1933 University Bridge, Seattle opens for traffic
- 08 Apr 1933 Manchester Guardian warns of unknown Nazi terror
- 11 Apr 1933 Aviator Bill Lancaster takes off in England, in an attempt to make a speed record to the Cape of Good Hope, but vanishes (his body is not found in the Sahara Desert until 1962).
- 12 Apr 1933 Moffatt Field commissioned
- 13 Apr 1933 1st flight over Mount Everest (Lord Clydesdale)
- 17 Apr 1933 Chicago Bears win their first NFL game beating New York Giants 23-21.
- 19 Apr 1933 FDR announces US will leave gold standard
- 20 Apr 1933 US suspends convertibility of paper money to gold.
- 21 Apr 1933 Nazi Germany outlaws the kosher ritual shechita.
- 22 Apr 1933 Dutch government forbids leftwing radio address.
- 23 Apr 1933 Dovo soccer team forms in Veenendaal.
- 25 Apr 1933 US and Canada drop Gold Standard
- 26 Apr 1933 Jewish students are barred from school in Germany.
- 27 Apr 1933 Karl Jansky reports reception of cosmic radio signal in Washington DC.
- 28 Apr 1933 US Senate approves Nellie Tayloe Ross as US Mint director.
- 01 May 1933 The Roca-Runciman Treaty between Argentina and Great Britain is signed by Julio Argentino Roca, Jr., and Sir Walter Runciman.
- 02 May 1933 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions.
- 03 May 1933 1st female director (Nellie T Ross) of US Mint takes office
- 04 May 1933 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
- 05 May 1933 The detection by Karl Jansky of radio waves from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is reported in the ''New York Times''. The discovery leads to the birth of radio astronomy.
- 06 May 1933 Italy and the USSR sign trade agreement
- 08 May 1933 Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.
- 09 May 1933 Spanish anarchists call for general strike.
- 10 May 1933 Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) forms.
- 12 May 1933 US Federal Emergency Relief Administration and Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy and farmers.
- 13 May 1933 59th Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Head Play wins in 2:02.
- 15 May 1933 First voice amplification system to be used in US Senate.
- 16 May 1933 Cecil Travis becomes first player to get five hits in his first game.
- 17 May 1933 Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling -- the national-socialist party of Norway.
- 18 May 1933 Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, to build dams for electricity generation.
- 21 May 1933 Mt Davidson Cross lit by FDR via telegraph
- 22 May 1933 Loch Ness Monster is first reportedly sighted by John Mackay.
- 23 May 1933 Legendary American racehorse Seabiscuit is born.
- 26 May 1933 The Nazi Party in Germany introduces a law to legalize eugenic sterilization.
- 27 May 1933 Century of Progress Exposition opens in Chicago
- 30 May 1933 Patent on invisible glass installation
- 01 Jun 1933 Charlie Chaplin weds Paulette Goddard
- 02 Jun 1933 FDR authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House
- 03 Jun 1933 Pope Pius XI encyclical On oppression of the Church in Spain
- 05 Jun 1933 Gold standard abolished
- 06 Jun 1933 1st drive-in theater opens (Camden NJ)
- 07 Jun 1933 Balanchine / Weills 7 Deadly Sins, premiers in Paris
- 09 Jun 1933 Spanish President Zamora takes power
- 10 Jun 1933 37th US Golf Open: Johnny Goodman shoots a 287 at North Shore - Illinois
- 12 Jun 1933 Financial and Economy World conference opens (66 countries)
- 13 Jun 1933 German Secret State Police (Gestapo) established
- 16 Jun 1933 US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) created.
- 17 Jun 1933 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops and 1 gangster killed by mob
- 19 Jun 1933 Austrian government-Dollfuss bans Nazi-organizations
- 21 Jun 1933 First Great Lakes-to-Gulf of Mexico barge trip completed, New Orleans.
- 22 Jun 1933 German social-democratic party (SPD) forbidden
- 25 Jun 1933 Wilmersdorfer Tennishallen delegates convene in Berlin to protest against the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Nazi Germany.
- 26 Jun 1933 The ''American Totalisator Company'' unveils its first electronic pari-mutuel betting machine at the Arlington Park race track near Chicago.
- 29 Jun 1933 Primo Carnera KOs Jack Sharkey in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
- 30 Jun 1933 50,000 demonstrate in Antwerp against fascism / war
- 01 Jul 1933 The London Passenger Transport Board is founded.
- 02 Jul 1933 Carl Hubbell shuts-out Saint Louis Cardinals 1-0 in 18 innings without a walk.
- 04 Jul 1933 Work begins on Oakland Bay Bridge.
- 05 Jul 1933 German party Catholic Center disbands
- 06 Jul 1933 1st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-2 at Comiskey Park, Chicago
- 08 Jul 1933 46th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats D Round (64 68 63)
- 09 Jul 1933 Frankford Yellowjackets sold, rechristened Philadelphia Eagles.
- 10 Jul 1933 1st police radio system operated, Eastchester Township, New York
- 12 Jul 1933 US Congress establishes the first minimum wage law at 33 cents per hour.
- 14 Jul 1933 Germany began mandatory sterilization of those with hereditary illness
- 15 Jul 1933 Wiley Post began 1st solo flight around world
- 19 Jul 1933 1st time, brothers on opposite teams homer in the same game. Red Sox
- 20 Jul 1933 Vatican state secretary Pacelli (Pius XII) signs accord with Hitler
- 21 Jul 1933 Haifa Harbor in Palestine opens
- 22 Jul 1933 1st solo flight round the world 7d 19hrs (Wiley Post)
- 24 Jul 1933 #1726 Hoffmeister, #2136 Jugta, #2158, #3957 Sugie and #4589 McDowell
- 25 Jul 1933 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington
- 26 Jul 1933 Joe Dimaggio ends 61-game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League.
- 28 Jul 1933 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), New York City
- 30 Jul 1933 28th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats France in Paris (3-2)
- 01 Aug 1933 Carl Hubbell sets record of consecutive scoreless innings (45 1 / 3)
- 02 Aug 1933 Opening of the Stalin White Sea ampndash Baltic Sea Canal, a 227 km navigable waterway constructed using forced labour in the Soviet Union connecting the White Sea with Lake Onega and the Baltic.
- 03 Aug 1933 Yanks are shut out for 1st time after 308 games (since August 2, 1931)
- 07 Aug 1933 The Simele massacre: The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.
- 08 Aug 1933 In Sioux County, Nebraska, USA a meteorite falls harmlessly to the ground.
- 12 Aug 1933 Cuban Dictator Machado y Morales flees after military coup
- 13 Aug 1933 16th PGA Championship: Gene Sarazen at Blue Mound Country Club - Milwaukee
- 14 Aug 1933 Jimmie Foxx hits for cycle and sets AL record with 9 RBIs
- 17 Aug 1933 Soviet Union test GIRD-R1 rocket (Object 09)
- 19 Aug 1933 47th US Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Helen Moody (86 36 30 ret)
- 22 Aug 1933 Bill Veeck, urges midsummer inter-league games and a split season
- 23 Aug 1933 1st TV boxing match - Archie Sexton and Laurie Raiteri in London
- 24 Aug 1933 The Crescent Limited train derails in Washington, D.C., after the bridge it is crossing is washed out by the 1933 Chesapeake : Potomac hurricane.
- 25 Aug 1933 The Diexi earthquake strikes Mao County, Sichuan, China and kills 9,000 people.
- 26 Aug 1933 Jan van Houten bicycles world record time (44,588 km)
- 27 Aug 1933 Earl Averill becomes 2nd Cleveland ballplayer to hit for cycle Moody defaults in 3rd set, trailing 3-0
- 28 Aug 1933 US President Franklin Roosevelt issues Executive Order 6260, allowing exemptions to the gold ownership ban for up to $100, and for gold coins of recognized collector value.
- 30 Aug 1933 Air France forms
- 03 Sep 1933 Yevgeniy Abalakov is the first man to reach the highest point in the Soviet Union, Communism Peak (now called Ismoil Somoni Peak and situated in Tajikistan) (7495 m).
- 04 Sep 1933 1st airplane to exceed 300 mph (483 km/h), JR Wendell, Glenview, Illinois
- 09 Sep 1933 53rd US Mens Tennis: Fred Perry beats Jack Crawford (63 1113 46 60 61)
- 10 Sep 1933 1st Negro League All-Star Game, West beats East 11-7 (Comiskey Park)
- 12 Sep 1933 Alejandro Lerroux forms new Spanish government
- 13 Sep 1933 Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament.
- 14 Sep 1933 Schaduwproces-Rijksdagbrand opens in London
- 19 Sep 1933 New York Giants clinch the pennant
- 20 Sep 1933 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
- 21 Sep 1933 Trial against Marinus der Lubbe opens
- 25 Sep 1933 1st state poorhouse opens in Smyrna, Georgia
- 26 Sep 1933 A tornado destroys the town of Tampico, Mexico.
- 28 Sep 1933 Greer Garson wed Edward Snelson
- 29 Sep 1933 Little King, Cartoon Character, by Von Beuren, debut
- 30 Sep 1933 Berlin / Hart / Heyman / Myers ballet As Thousands Cheer, premieres in New York City
- 01 Oct 1933 Antwerp Sports arena opens
- 03 Oct 1933 Gustave Staf de Clerq forms Flemish National Covenant
- 04 Oct 1933 Esquire magazine is 1st published
- 07 Oct 1933 New York Giants beat Washington Senators, four games to one in 30th World Series.
- 08 Oct 1933 Coit Tower dedicated in SF, a monument to firefighters
- 10 Oct 1933 1st synthetic detergent, Dreft by Procter and Gamble, goes on sale
- 12 Oct 1933 Alcatraz becomes a federal prison (unofficially).
- 13 Oct 1933 Soccer team STEVO forms in Geesteren
- 14 Oct 1933 Nazi Germany announces withdrawal from League of Nations
- 15 Oct 1933 Philadelphia Eagles play first NFL game, lose to New York Giants 56-0.
- 17 Oct 1933 Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
- 19 Oct 1933 Berlin Olympic Committee votes to introduce basketball in 1936.
- 22 Oct 1933 Primo Carnera beats Paulin in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
- 26 Oct 1933 French government of Serraut forms
- 04 Nov 1933 Bradman scores 200 NSW vs. Queensland, 184 mins, 26 fours
- 05 Nov 1933 Chicago Bears' 30-game unbeaten streak ends to Boston Redskins (10-0).
- 07 Nov 1933 Pennsylvania voters overturn blue law, by permitting Sunday sports.
- 08 Nov 1933 FDR creates Civil Works Administration
- 10 Nov 1933 Black Blizzard snowstorm-duststorm rages from SD to Atlantic
- 11 Nov 1933 "Great Black Blizzard" first great dust storm in the Great Plains of the USA.
- 12 Nov 1933 Nazis receive 92% of vote in Germany
- 13 Nov 1933 First modern sit-down strike, Hormel meat packers, Austin, Minnesota.
- 16 Nov 1933 Brazilians President Getulio Vargas names himself Dictator
- 17 Nov 1933 US recognizes USSR, opens trade
- 19 Nov 1933 Women allowed to vote in Spain (helps right wing)
- 21 Nov 1933 First US ambassador to USSR, W.C. Bullitt, begins service.
- 22 Nov 1933 The Fujian People's Government is declared in Fujian Province, China.
- 26 Nov 1933 Camille Chautemps becomes French Premier
- 29 Nov 1933 Japan begins persecution of communists
- 30 Nov 1933 CCC Camps are established in Cleveland Park District
- 03 Dec 1933 Joe Lilliard QBs Chicago Cardinals; last NFL black until 1946
- 04 Dec 1933 FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration
- 05 Dec 1933 21st Am ratified, 18th Amendment (Prohibition) repealed (5:32pm EST)
- 06 Dec 1933 U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that the James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene.
- 09 Dec 1933 Romania disallows fascist Iron Guard.
- 14 Dec 1933 Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam
- 15 Dec 1933 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15.
- 16 Dec 1933 Abe de Vries and Sipke Castelein win Elfstedentocht
- 17 Dec 1933 NFL starts keeping official statistics as Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 23-21 in championship game.
- 19 Dec 1933 Electric Home and Farm Authority Inc, authorized.
- 20 Dec 1933 Bolivia and Paraguay sign weapon cease fire.
- 21 Dec 1933 Dried human blood serum first prepared, University of Pennsylvania.
- 23 Dec 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe sentenced to death
- 24 Dec 1933 Paris express train derails and kills 160, injures 300 (France).
- 25 Dec 1933 Another Christmas Day five-wicket haul by Clarrie Grimmett.
- 26 Dec 1933 FM radio is patented.
- 29 Dec 1933 Members of the Iron Guard assassinate Ion Gheorghe Duca, prime minister of Romania.
- 30 Dec 1933 Government disallows NSB-membership for civil service.