1936 in the United States
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Events from the year 1936 in the United States.
- President: Franklin D. Roosevelt (D-New York)
- Vice President: John Nance Garner (D-Texas)
- Chief Justice: Charles Evans Hughes (New York)
- 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 appearance in U.S. newspapers.
- March – German American Bund formed in Buffalo, New York, in support of Nazi Germany to succeed the Friends of New Germany, with German-born American citizen Fritz Julius Kuhn elected as its first leader.
- March 1 – Construction of Hoover Dam is completed.
- March 17–18 – Pittsburgh Flood of 1936 ("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 are scoreless until 16½ minutes into the sixth overtime when Mud Bruneteau ends it at 2:25 am.
- 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.
- May 12 – The Santa Fe railroad inaugurates the all-Pullman Super Chief passenger train between Chicago and Los Angeles.
- May 25 – Remington Rand strike of 1936–37 begins.
- June 7 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee is founded.
- June 10 – Margaret Mitchell's epic historical romance Gone with the Wind is published.
- 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 29 – United States Maritime Commission is formed.
- 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
- 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 29 – The historic Uptown Theater opens in Washington, D.C.
- November 3 – U.S. presidential election, 1936: Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt is reelected to a second term in a landslide victory over Republican Governor of Kansas Alf Landon.
- November 12 – In California, the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.
- November 23 – Life magazine begins publication as a weekly news magazine under the management of Henry Luce.
- 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.
- The YMCA Youth and Government program is founded in Albany, New York.
- Society of American Archivists established.
- January 1 – Don Nehlen, American football player and coach
- January 23 – Arlene Golonka, actress
- January 27 – Barry Barish, gravitational physicist, recipient of 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
- February 11 – Burt Reynolds, screen actor (died 2018)
- February 21 – Barbara Jordan, African American lawyer, politician and Civil Rights campaigner (died 1996)
- March 11 – Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. from 1986 to 2016 (died 2016)
- April 9 – Valerie Solanas, radical feminist, attempted murderer of Andy Warhol (died 1988)
- April 20 – Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1997
- April 22 – Glen Campbell, country singer (died 2017)
- May 1 – Jerry Mander, author and activist
- May 17 – Dennis Hopper, actor and director (died 2010)
- July 15 – George Voinovich, U.S. Senator from Ohio from 1999 to 2011
- July 20 – Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator from Maryland from 1987 to 2017
- July 23 – Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. from 1988
- July 29 – Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 2003 to 2009
- August 18 – Robert Redford, actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival
- August 29 – John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona from 1987, Presidential candidate in 2008 and naval aviator (died 2018)
- September 5 – John Danforth, U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1976 to 1995
- September 7 – Buddy Holly, singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll (died 1959)
- September 30 – Jim Sasser, U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1977 to 1995
- November 9 – Bob Graham, U.S. Senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005
- November 12 – Mills Lane, boxer, referee, lawyer and judge
- November 14 – Cornell Gunter, singer (The Coasters and The Flairs) (died 1990)
- November 28 – Gary Hart, U.S. Senator from Colorado from 1975 to 1987
- December 22 – Héctor Elizondo, actor
- December 29 – Mary Tyler Moore, screen actress (died 2017)
- January 1 – Harry B. Smith, songwriter, librettist and composer (born 1860)
- January 6 – Louise Bryant, journalist (born 1885)
- January 9 – John Gilbert, silent film actor (born 1899)
- January 15 – George Landenberger, U.S. Navy Captain and 23rd Governor of American Samoa (born 1879)
- January 16 – Albert Fish, serial killer (executed; born 1870)
- February 8 – Charles Curtis, 31st Vice President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 (born 1860)
- February 19 – Billy Mitchell, U.S. general and military aviation pioneer (born 1879)
- March 6 – Rubin Goldmark, pianist, composer and teacher (born 1872)
- March 11 – Ferdinand Lee Barnett, African American journalist, lawyer and civil rights activist (born 1852)
- March 18 – W. Herbert Dunton, Western painter (born 1878)
- April 3 – Richard Hauptmann, carpenter convicted of murder (born 1899 in Germany; executed)
- April 13 – Howard Thurston, stage magician (born 1869)
- June 11 – Robert E. Howard, pulp fiction and fantasy writer and poet (suicide; born 1906)
- June 27 – Mike Bernard, ragtime musician (born 1881)
- August 7 Frankies Birthday
- August 8 – Mourning Dove, Native American writer (born 1884)
- September 14 – Irving Thalberg, film producer (pneumonia; born 1899)
- September 26 – Harriet Monroe, literary editor, scholar and critic and patron of the arts (born 1860)
- October 3 – John Heisman, American football coach (born 1869)
- October 8
- October 20 – Anne Sullivan, teacher of Helen Keller (born 1866)
- November 22 – Oris Paxton Van Sweringen, financier (born 1879)
- December 24 – Irene Fenwick, stage and silent film actress (anorexia; born 1887)
- "Milestones of the U.S. Archival Profession and the National Archives, 1800-2011". U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
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