|Centuries:||19th century – 20th century – 21st century|
|Decades:||1900s 1910s 1920s – 1930s – 1940s 1950s 1960s|
|Years:||1933 1934 1935 – 1936 – 1937 1938 1939|
|Ab urbe condita||2689|
|British Regnal year||26 Geo. 5 – 1 Edw. 8 – 1 Geo. 6|
|Chinese calendar||乙亥年 (Wood Pig)
4632 or 4572
— to —
丙子年 (Fire Rat)
4633 or 4573
|- Vikram Samvat||1992–1993|
|- Shaka Samvat||1858–1859|
|- Kali Yuga||5037–5038|
|Japanese calendar||Shōwa 11
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 13 days|
|Minguo calendar||ROC 25
|Thai solar calendar||2479|
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1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter ED), the 1936th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 936th year of the 2nd millennium, the 36th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1930s decade.
- January 4 – England celebrates its first ever win over the All Blacks in rugby union, in particular the two famous tries by "The Prince" HH Alexander Obolensky.
- January 11 – I Wanna Play House marks the first Warner Bros. cartoon with "target" titles.
- January 15 – The first building to be completely covered in glass is completed in Toledo, Ohio, for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.
- January 16 – Serial killer Albert Fish is executed in Sing Sing Prison.
- January 20 – King George V of the United Kingdom dies. His eldest son succeeds to the throne, becoming Edward VIII. The title Prince of Wales is not used for another 22 years.
- January 31 – The Green Hornet radio show debuts.
- February – John Maynard Keynes' book The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money is published in the UK.
- February 4 – Radium E (bismuth-210) becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
- February 6 – The IV Olympic Winter Games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
- February 17 The first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in U.S. newspapers.
- February 26 – The Imperial Way Faction engineers a failed coup against the Japanese government; some politicians are killed.
- February 29 – Emperor Hirohito orders the Japanese army to arrest 123 conspirators in Tokyo government offices; 19 of them are executed in July.
- March 1 – Construction of Hoover Dam is completed.
- March 7 – In violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Nazi Germany reoccupies the Rhineland.
- March 9 – Pro-democratic militarist Keisuke Okada steps down as Prime Minister of Japan and is replaced by radical militarist Kōki Hirota.
- March 17 – March 18 – St. Patrick's Day Flood: Pittsburgh suffers the worst flooding in its history.
- March 26 – The longest game in the history of the National Hockey League was played. The Montreal Maroons and Detroit Red Wings went scoreless until 16 and a half minutes into the sixth OT when Mud Bruneteau ends it at 2:25 in the morning.
- April 3 – Richard Hauptmann, convicted of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder in 1932, is executed by electrocution in New Jersey State Prison.
- April 5 – A tornado hits Tupelo, Mississippi, killing 216 and injuring over 700 (the 4th deadliest tornado in U.S. history).
- April 6 – Two tornadoes strike Gainesville, Georgia. The smaller tornado hits north Gainesville, the stronger tornado the west side of town. 203 die and 1,600 are injured in the 5th deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
- April 11 – Billy Butlin opens his first Butlins holiday camp, Butlins Skegness, in Skegness (Ingoldmells), Lincolnshire, England. It is officially opened by Amy Johnson of Hull (the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia).
- April 19 – The 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine against the British government and opposition to Jewish immigration begins.
- May 2 – Peter and the Wolf, a Russian fairy tale of Sergei Prokofiev's composition, debuts at the Nezlobin Theater in Moscow, Soviet Union.
- May 5 – Italian forces occupy Addis Ababa.
- May 7 – Italy annexes Ethiopia.
- May 9 – Italian East Africa is formed from the Italian territories of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Italian Somaliland.
- May 12 – The Santa Fe railroad in the United States inaugurates the all-Pullman Super Chief passenger train between Chicago and Los Angeles.
- May 25 – The Remington Rand strike of 1936–37 begins, spawning the notorious "Mohawk Valley formula", a corporate plan for strikebreaking.
- May 27
- May 28 - Alan Turing submits his paper "On Computable Numbers" to the London Mathematical Society for publication, introducing the concept of the "Turing machine". Its formal publication is on November 12.
- June 7
- June 10 – Margaret Mitchell's epic historical romance Gone with the Wind is first published in the United States.
- June 15 – An army laboratory explodes in Estonia, killing 60.
- June 19 – Max Schmeling knocks out Joe Louis in the 12th round of their heavyweight boxing match at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
- June 26 – Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first fully controllable helicopter, makes its maiden flight.
- June 29 – United States Maritime Commission is formed.
- July 11 – The Triborough Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic – the bridge was renamed Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in 2008.
- July 13 – 14 – Peak of July 1936 heat wave: The U.S. states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana all set new state records for high temperature. At Mio in northern Michigan, it soars to 113°F (45°C).
- July 17 – The Spanish Army of Africa launches a coup d'état against the Second Spanish Republic, beginning the Spanish Civil War.
- July 20 – Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits is signed in Montreux, allowing Turkey to fortify the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus but guaranteeing free passage to ships of all nations in peacetime.
- August 1 – The 1936 Summer Olympics open in Berlin, Germany, and mark the first live television coverage of a sports event in world history. Note that John Logie Baird had previously broadcast the Derby horse race in Britain in 1931.
- August 3 – African-American athlete Jesse Owens wins the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics.
- August 14
- August 19 – The first of the Moscow Trials begins in the Soviet Union.
- August 26 – Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 is signed.
- August 30
- September – Franco-Syrian Treaty of Independence (1936) is signed.
- September 4–5 – English-born aviatrix Beryl Markham becomes the first woman to make an East-to-West solo transatlantic flight, from Abingdon-on-Thames, England, to Baleine, Nova Scotia.
- September 5 – Spanish Civil War: Robert Capa's photograph The Falling Soldier is taken.
- September 7 – The last known thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger), named Benjamin, dies in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.
- September 10 – The first World Speedway Championship is held at Wembley Stadium in London, England. It is won by Australian Lionel Van Praag, with Englishman Eric Langton second and Australian Bluey Wilkinson third.
- October – Start of Joseph Stalin's Great Purge in the Soviet Union.
- October 11 – Earl Bascom, rodeo cowboy and artist, designs and builds Mississippi's first permanent rodeo arena at Columbia, Mississippi.
- October 19 – H.R. Ekins, reporter for the New York World-Telegram, wins a race to travel around the world on commercial airline flights, beating Dorothy Kilgallen of the New York Journal and Leo Kieran of the New York Times. The flight takes 18½ days.
- October 25 – Rome-Berlin Axis is formed.
- October 29 – The historic Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.) opens.
- November 2
- November 3 – U.S. presidential election, 1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt is reelected to a second term in a landslide victory over Kansas Governor Alf Landon. Farmers support Roosevelt.
- November 12 – In California, the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.
- November 20 – A levee failure and continued massive rain at the Mitsubishi Osarizawa mine, Kazuno, northeastern Akita, Japan, results in at least 375 deaths.
- November 23 – The first edition of Life magazine is published.
- November 25 – The Abraham Lincoln Brigade sails from New York City on its way to the Spanish Civil War.
- November 26 – The Anti-Comintern Pact is signed by Germany and Japan.
- November 30 – In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed in a fire (it had been built for the 1851 Great Exhibition).
- December 1 – Hitler mandates that all German boys aged 10 to 18 join the Hitler Youth paramilitary organization.
- December 3 – Radio station WQXR is officially founded in New York City.
- December 5 – 1936 Soviet Constitution, promulgated by Stalin, is adopted in the Soviet Union. The Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic is dissolved and Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia become full Republics of the Soviet Union.
- December 10 – Edward VIII abdication crisis: King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom signs an instrument of abdication at Fort Belvedere, Surrey in the presence of his three brothers, The Duke of York, The Duke of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent.
- December 11 – Edward VIII abdication crisis:
- The British Parliament passes His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 on behalf of the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The King performs his last act as sovereign by giving Royal Assent to the Act, and his brother Prince Albert, Duke of York, becomes King, reigning as King George VI.
- The abdicated King Edward VIII, now HRH Prince Edward, makes a broadcast to the nation explaining his decision to abdicate. He leaves the country for Austria.
- Taking the opportunity to free itself further from ties to the United Kingdom, the Oireachtas of the Irish Free State passes the Constitution (Amendment No. 27) Act 1936, removing most powers from the office of Governor-General of the Irish Free State, and the Executive Authority (External Relations) Act 1936 (signed into law December 12) assenting to the abdication and restricting the power of the monarch in relation to Ireland to international affairs.
- December 12 – Xi'an Incident: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek of the Republic of China is kidnapped by Marshal Zhang Xueliang.
- December 24 – Release of the film Natalka Poltavka in Ukraine, the first filmed Russian opera.
- December 29 – The United Auto Workers begins the Flint Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Michigan.
- West China Famine: five million die.
- Ipswich Town Football Club turns professional.
- The YMCA Youth and Government program is founded in Albany, New York.
- Mordecai Ham begins his radio ministry.
- Stress is first recognised as a medical condition.
- Polaroid sunglasses and Ambre Solaire sunblock both first marketed.
- Cocoa production in the Gold Coast reaches 305,000 tons.
- January 2 – Roger Miller, American singer (d. 1992)
- January 5 – Florence King, American writer
- January 6
- January 10
- January 11 – Eva Hesse, American artist (d. 1970)
- January 12 – Émile Lahoud, President of Lebanon
- January 20 – Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Princess Diana (d. 2004)
- January 23
- January 27 – Troy Donahue, American actor (d. 2001)
- January 28 –
- January 29
- February 3 – Jim Marshall, American photographer (d. 2010)
- February 4 – Gary Conway, American actor
- February 6 – Kent Douglas, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2009)
- February 8 – Larry Verne, American singer and songwriter (d. 2013)
- February 9
- February 11 – Burt Reynolds, American actor
- February 14 – Andrew Prine, American actor
- February 17 – Jim Brown, African-American football player
- February 19 – Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
- February 20
- February 24 – Lance Reventlow, English playboy, entrepreneur, and race car driver (d. 1972)
- February 27 – Roger Cardinal Mahony, fourth Archbishop of Los Angeles
- February 29 – Alex Rocco, American actor
- March 2 – Alan Scott, blacksmith and brick oven constructor (d. 2009)
- March 4
- March 5 – Dean Stockwell, American actor
- March 6
- March 7 – Loren Acton, American astronaut
- March 8 – Sue Ane Langdon, American actress
- March 9
- March 10 – Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA
- March 11
- March 15 – Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (d. 1986)
- March 16 – Raymond Vahan Damadian, Armenian-American MRI practitioner
- March 17 – Patty Maloney, American actress
- March 18 – F. W. de Klerk, President of South Africa (1989–94); 7th and last head of state of South Africa under the apartheid era.
- March 19 – Ursula Andress, Swiss actress
- March 20 – Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican musician
- March 26 – Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (d. 2009)
- March 28 – Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist and Nobel Prize laureate
- March 31 – Marge Piercy, American poet and activist
- April 9 – Valerie Solanas, American feminist and writer who attempted to kill Andy Warhol (d. 1988)
- April 10
- April 12 – Charles Napier, American actor (d. 2011)
- April 14 – Kenneth Mars, American actor (d. 2011)
- April 17 – Jiří Grygar, Czech astronomer
- April 21 – James Dobson, American child psychologist and conservative political activist (Focus On The Family)
- April 22 – Glen Campbell, American country musician
- April 23 – Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter (d. 1988)
- April 24
- May 2
- May 9
- May 12
- May 14
- May 15
- May 17 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)
- May 23 – Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer
- May 25 – Tom T. Hall, American country singer
- June 1 – Joe Doyle, Irish politician (d. 2009)
- June 4 - Bruce Dern, American actor
- June 8 – James Darren, American actor and singer
- June 17 – Ken Loach, British director
- June 18
- June 19 - Takeshi Aono, Japanese voice actor (d. 2012)
- June 21 – Joseph Gosnell, Nisga'a statesman
- June 22 – Kris Kristofferson, American actor, singer-songwriter
- June 25 – Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, 3rd President of Indonesia
- June 28 – Chuck Howley, American football player
- June 29 – Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (d. 2011)
- July 5 – Shirley Knight, American actress
- July 9
- July 15 – George Voinovich, American politician; United States Senator (R-OH)
- July 16
- July 18 – Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player
- July 20 – Barbara Mikulski, American politician; United States Senator (D-MD)
- July 22 – Tom Robbins, American author
- July 23 – Don Drysdale, American baseball player (d. 1993)
- July 24
- July 26 – Mary Millar, British actress (d. 1998)
- July 28 – Russ Jackson, Canadian football player
- July 29 – Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Senator from North Carolina
- July 30
- August 1
- August 6 – Robert Gnaizda, lawyer and social justice advocate
- August 11 – Andre Dubus, American short-story writer (d. 1999)
- August 12
- August 18 – Robert Redford, American actor
- August 21 – Wilt Chamberlain, African-American basketball player (d. 1999)
- August 24 – Kenny Guinn, American politician (d. 2010)
- August 25 – Giridharilal Kedia, Former Working President of KVK (d. 2009)
- August 29 – John McCain, U.S. Senator (R-AZ); 2008 Republican Presidential candidate
- September 2
- September 3 – Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia
- September 7 – Buddy Holly, American rock 'n' roll singer (d. 1959)
- September 11 – Charles Dierkop, American actor
- September 14 – Walter Koenig, American actor (Star Trek)
- September 16 – Ken Forsse, American inventor and producer, creator of Teddy Ruxpin (d. 2014)
- September 19 – Anna Karen, British actress
- September 21 – Yury Luzhkov, mayor of Moscow
- September 24 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer, filmmaker, and television producer (d. 1990)
- September 25 – Moussa Traoré, President of Mali
- September 27
- September 29 – Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister, media entrepreneur
- October 1 – Duncan Edwards, English footballer (d. 1958)
- October 3 – Steve Reich, American composer
- October 5 – Václav Havel, Czech playwright, writer and politician (d. 2011)
- October 7 – Fereydoun Farrokhzad, Iranian entertainer (d. 1992)
- October 9 - Brian Blessed, English actor
- October 11 – Larry Staverman, American professional basketball player and coach (d. 2007)
- October 14 – Carrie Nye, American actress (d. 2006)
- October 19
- October 24
- October 25
- October 26 – Shelley Morrison, American actress
- October 29 – Akiko Kojima, Japanese model
- October 31 – Michael Landon, American actor and director (d. 1991)
- November 2 – Rose Bird, American judge (d. 1999)
- November 3 – Roy Emerson, Australian tennis player
- November 4 – C. K. Williams, American poet
- November 5
- November 8 – Virna Lisi, Italian actress (d. 2014)
- November 9 – Teddy Infuhr, American child actor (d. 2007)
- November 17 – Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (d. 2005)
- November 19 – Dick Cavett, American talk show host and television personality
- November 20 – Don DeLillo, American author
- November 23
- December 5 – James Lee Burke, American writer
- December 6 – Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist
- December 8
- December 12 – Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high-jumper
- December 15 – Donald Goines, American novelist (d. 1973)
- December 17 – Pope Francis
- December 23 – James Stacy, American actor
- December 25 – Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, British aristocrat and socialite; youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary
- December 29 – Mary Tyler Moore, American actress, producer, diabetes awareness activist
- January 1 – Harry B. Smith, American composer (b. 1860)
- January 4 – James Churchward, British writer (b. 1851)
- January 5 – Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Spanish writer (b. 1866)
- January 6 – Louise Bryant, American journalist (b. 1885)
- January 9 – John Gilbert, American actor (b. 1899)
- January 15
- January 16 – Albert Fish, American serial killer (b. 1870)
- January 18 – Rudyard Kipling, British writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
- January 20 – King George V of the United Kingdom (b. 1865)
- January 23 – John Mills, Jr., "Mills Brothers" basso and guitarist (b. 1911)
- January 24 – Harry Peach, British furniture manufacturer and social campaigner (b. 1874)
- January 28 – Richard Loeb, American murderer (b. 1905)
- February 3 – Princess Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, consort of William of Wied, Prince of Albania (b.1885)
- February 4 – Wilhelm Gustloff, German leader of the Swiss Nazi Party (b. 1895)
- February 8 – Charles Curtis, 31st Vice President of the United States (b. 1860)
- February 19 – Billy Mitchell, U.S. general and military aviation pioneer (b. 1879)
- February 26 – in the "February 26 Incident":
- February 27
- February 28 – Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
- March 11 – David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, British admiral (b. 1871)
- March 16 – Marguerite Durand, French journalist and feminist leader (b. 1864)
- March 21 – Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer and conductor (b. 1865)
- March 23 – Oscar Asche, Australian actor (b. 1871)
- April 3 – Bruno Richard Hauptmann, German killer of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (executed) (b. 1899)
- April 7 – Marilyn Miller, American actress (b. 1898)
- April 8 – Róbert Bárány, Austrian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1876)
- April 18 – Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer, musicologist, and conductor (b. 1879)
- April 26 – Tammany Young, American actor (b. 1886)
- April 28 – Fuad I of Egypt, King of Egypt (b. 1868)
- April 30 – Alfred Edward Housman, English poet (b. 1859)
- May 8 – Oswald Spengler, German philosopher (b. 1880)
- May 14 – Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, British soldier and administrator (b. 1861)
- May 20 – Elmer Fowler Stone, American aviator, the first United States Coast Guard aviator (b. 1887)
- May 29 – Norman Chaney, American actor (b. 1914)
- June 3 – Walther Wever, German general and Luftwaffe commander (b. 1887)
- June 7 – Henry B. Walthall, American actor (b. 1878)
- June 11 – Robert E. Howard, American author (suicide) (b. 1906)
- June 14 – G. K. Chesterton, English author (b. 1874)
- June 18 – Maxim Gorky, Russian writer (b. 1868)
- June 22 – Moritz Schlick, German philosopher and physicist (b. 1882)
- June 28 – Alexander Berkman Russian anarchist (b. 1870)
- June 29 – János Szlepecz Slovene priest and writer (b. 1872)
- July 8 – Thomas Meighan, American actor (b. 1879)
- July 11 – James Murray, American actor (b. 1901)
- July 16 – Alan Crosland, American film director (b. 1894)
- July 21 – Georg Michaelis, former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1857)
- August 2 – Louis Blériot, French aviation pioneer (b. 1872)
- August 9 – Lincoln Steffens, American journalist (b. 1866)
- August 12 - Blessed Victoria Díez Bustos de Molina, Spanish teacher and religious woman (b. 1903)
- August 15 – Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1871)
- August 19
- August 25
- September 7 – Kenneth Robert Balfour, British Conservative Party politician (b. 1863)
- September 14 – Irving Thalberg, American film producer (b. 1899)
- September 17 – Henri Louis Le Chatelier, French chemist (Le Chatelier's principle) (b. 1850)
- September 19 – Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musician (b. 1860)
- September 24 – József Klekl, Slovene writer and journalist (b. 1879)
- September 25 – William Sims, American admiral (b. 1858)
- October 2 – Juho Sunila, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1875)
- October 3 – John Heisman, American football coach (b. 1869)
- October 8
- October 20 – Anne Sullivan, American teacher of Helen Keller (b. 1866)
- November 7 – Chic Sale, American vaudevillian (b. 1885)
- November 17 – John Bowers, American actor (b. 1885)
- November 20 – Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchist (b. 1896)
- November 25 – Andrew Harper, Scottish–Australian biblical scholar and teacher (b. 1844)
- December 9
- December 10
- December 23 – William Henry Harrison, English cricketer (b. 1866)
- December 24 – Irene Fenwick, American actress (b. 1887)
- December 29 – Lucy, Lady Houston, British philanthropist (b. 1857)
- Physics – Victor F. Hess, Carl D. Anderson
- Chemistry – Petrus (Peter) Josephus Wilhelmus Debye
- Physiology or Medicine – Sir Henry Hallett Dale, Otto Loewi
- Literature – Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
- Peace – Carlos Saavedra Lamas