1936 in the United States
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|1936 in the United States|
|Years:||1933 1934 1935 – 1936 – 1937 1938 1939|
48 stars (1912–1959)
Events from the year 1936 in the United States.
- President: Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic)
- Vice President: John Nance Garner (Democratic)
- Chief Justice: Charles Evans Hughes
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Joseph W. Byrns, Sr. (D-Tennessee) (until June 4), William B. Bankhead (D-Alabama) (starting June 4)
- Senate Majority Leader: Joseph Taylor Robinson (D-Arkansas)
- Congress: 74th
- January 15 – The first American building to be completely covered in glass is completed in Toledo, Ohio, for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.
- February 17 The first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in U.S. newspapers.
- March 1 – Construction of Hoover Dam is completed.
- March 17–18 – St. Patrick's Day Flood: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suffers the worst flooding in its history.
- March 26 – The longest game in the history of the National Hockey League is played. The Montreal Maroons and Detroit Red Wings were scoreless until 16 and a half minutes into the sixth overtime when Mud Bruneteau ends it at 2:25 am. It would hold the record as the longest game until May 4, 2000.
- April 3 – Bruno Richard Hauptmann, convicted of kidnapping and killing Charles Lindbergh III, is executed in New Jersey.
- 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 Gainsville, the stronger tornado the west side of town. 203 die and 1,600 are injured in the 5th deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
- May 12 – The Santa Fe railroad in the United States inaugurates the all-Pullman Super Chief passenger train between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.
- June – A major heat wave strikes North America; high temperature records are set and thousands die.
- June – The first production model PCC trolley car, built by St. Louis Car Company, is placed in service by Pittsburgh Railways.
- June 7 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee is founded in the United States.
- June 19 – Max Schmeling knocks out Joe Louis in the 12th round of their heavyweight boxing match at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
- July 11 – Triborough Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic.
- 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).
- August 3 – African-American athlete Jesse Owens wins the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics.
- August 14 – Rainey Bethea was hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, in the last public execution in the United States
- August 14 – 1936 Summer Olympics: The United States men's national basketball team wins its first ever Olympic basketball tournament in the final game over Canada, 19–8.
- 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 out Dorothy Kilgallen of the New York Journal and Leo Kieran of the New York Times. The flight takes 18½ days.
- October 29 – The historic Uptown Theater opens in Washington, D.C.
- November 3 – U.S. presidential election, 1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt is reelected to a second term in a landslide victory over Alf Landon.
- November 12 – In California, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.
- November 25 – The Abraham Lincoln Brigade sails from New York City on its way to the Spanish Civil War.
- December 3 – Radio station WQXR is officially founded in New York City.
- December 29 – The United Auto Workers begins the Flint Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Michigan.
- March 11 – Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1986.
- April 20 – Pat Roberts, United States Senator from Kansas since 1997.
- May 17 – Dennis Hopper, actor and director (died 2010)
- July 15 – George Voinovich, United States Senator from Ohio from 1999 till 2011.
- July 20 – Barbara Mikulski, United States Senator from Maryland since 1987.
- July 23 – Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1988.
- July 29 – Elizabeth Dole, United States Senator from North Carolina from 2003 till 2009.
- August 18 – Robert Redford, actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival
- August 29 – John McCain, United States Senator from Arizona since 1987.
- September 5 – John Danforth, United States Senator from Missouri from 1976 till 1995.
- September 7 – Buddy Holly, singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll (died 1959)
- September 30 – Jim Sasser, United States Senator from Tennessee from 1977 till 1995.
- November 9 – Bob Graham, United States Senator from Florida from 1987 till 2005.
- November 28 – Gary Hart, United States Senator from Colorado from 1975 till 1987.
- December 22 – Héctor Elizondo, actor.
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