August 1934

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The following events occurred in August 1934:

August 1, 1934 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • With Paul von Hindenburg on his death bed, the German government passed the Law on the Head of State of the German Reich, which abolished the title of President and merged its powers with those of Chancellor. Hitler was now to be known as Führer and Reich Chancellor. Passage of the law was not announced until noon the following day.[1][2]
  • Pope Pius XI traveled by automobile to the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo in the Alban Hills, a papal vacation retreat that no pope had visited since 1869. No popes left the Vatican between 1870 and the signing of the Lateran Treaty in 1929, and in the five years since then Pius XI had not left the immediate vicinity of Rome.[3]

August 2, 1934 (Thursday)[edit]

August 3, 1934 (Friday)[edit]

August 4, 1934 (Saturday)[edit]

August 5, 1934 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Adolf Hitler said in a Daily Mail interview that "If it rests with Germany, war will not come again. This country has a more profound impression than any other of the evil that war causes. Ninety-five percent of the members of the National Administration have had personal experiences of its horrors. They know that it is not a romantic adventure but a ghastly catastrophe."[8][9]
  • Born: Wendell Berry, writer, in Henry County, Kentucky; Gay Byrne, radio and television presenter, in Dublin, Ireland

August 6, 1934 (Monday)[edit]

August 7, 1934 (Tuesday)[edit]

August 8, 1934 (Wednesday)[edit]

August 9, 1934 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Adolf Hitler proclaimed a general amnesty for thousands of political prisoners, mostly affecting those incarcerated for lower-level crimes such as criticizing the government. The amnesty did not apply to those serving sentences for high treason, espionage or attempted murder. Hitler also ordered the dissolution of the Austrian Legion, the organization of Austrian Nazis who had crossed the border after Dollfuss had banned the Nazi Party there.[14][15]
  • The German Evangelical National Synod under Reichbischof Ludwig Müller passed a resolution requiring pastors and church officials to swear an oath to be "faithful and obedient to the Führer of the German people, Adolf Hitler."[16]
  • Some 10,000 banana workers went on strike in Costa Rica. The strike, led by Carlos Luis Fallas and other Communist Party organizers, was the largest strike in Costa Rican history at the time.[17]
  • The Bluebell Collision occurred in Newcastle, Australia when the harbour ferry Bluebell struck a coastal freighter and sank.
  • The 4th Women's World Games opened in London.

August 10, 1934 (Friday)[edit]

  • General Werner von Blomberg issued a decree ordering all German soldiers to refer to Hitler as "Mein Führer" instead of "Der Führer".[18]
  • Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees announced that the present season would be his last as a full-time player. "I really don't know what the future holds for me – only time will tell", Ruth said. "I would like to remain in the game as a manager and perhaps do a little pinch hitting on Saturdays and Sundays or days when I figured it would help the gate."[19]
  • Twenty-three-year-old American music student Isobel Lillian Steele was arrested in Berlin on suspicion of espionage. During her four months of captivity her case became a cause célèbre in the American media as the U.S. government worked to free her.[20][21]
  • Born: James Tenney, composer and musical theorist, in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Died: George W. Hill, 39, American film director and cinematographer

August 11, 1934 (Saturday)[edit]

August 12, 1934 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Babe Ruth visited Fenway Park for the last time as the Yankees split a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox. A then-Fenway record of 46,776 fans came out to cheer for the Babe in the ballpark where his major league career began in 1914. Ruth went 2-for-5 with a double in the first game and 0-for-1 with two walks in the second game.[24][25]

August 13, 1934 (Monday)[edit]

August 14, 1934 (Tuesday)[edit]

August 15, 1934 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The United States occupation of Haiti ended after 19 years, in accordance with President Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy towards Latin America, as the last contingent of American troops departed.
  • Hindenburg's 'testament' was published in the German press, speaking highly of "my Chancellor Adolf Hitler and his movement".[1]
  • William Beebe and Otis Barton broke their own deep-sea diving record again, achieving a depth of 3,028 feet. Beebe attempted to take some motion picture film of the deep sea fish he first saw on Saturday, but the fish kept swimming away from the bathysphere's searchlight and the film proved inconclusive.[30]
  • Born: Nino Ferrer, singer, in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)

August 16, 1934 (Thursday)[edit]

August 17, 1934 (Friday)[edit]

  • In Hamburg, Hitler made his lone campaign speech before the referendum, explaining that he arranged for the abolition of the presidency in order to prevent any attempts by foreign elements to stir up intrigues over the question of succession. Hitler also attacked the system of government under the old Weimar Republic as not being capable of action but "only of compromise."[34]
  • John Labatt was released by his kidnappers at Forest Hill, Toronto when they panicked over the ransom money not arriving fast enough while the police were closing in. Labatt promised his kidnappers he would deliver $25,000 to a place of their choosing in exchange for his release, but they did not try to contact him again and he never paid.[35]
  • The adventure film Treasure Island starring Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper was released.

August 18, 1934 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Manchukuo severed all relations with the Soviet Union due to a variety of border incidents including soldiers firing on each other. The two states did not have formal diplomatic relations but had been communicating unofficially due to shared borders and commercial interests.[36]
  • Born: Vincent Bugliosi, attorney and author, in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 2015); Roberto Clemente, baseball player, in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

August 19, 1934 (Sunday)[edit]

August 20, 1934 (Monday)[edit]

August 21, 1934 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • An international Jewish conference in Geneva declared that the boycotting of Nazi Germany would be redoubled until the rights of German Jews were fully restored. Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise said that the boycott would not be abandoned until the Nazi regime canceled every law or practice "violating human freedom, political equality and the ideals of civilization."[40]
  • The Minneapolis general strike ended after three months. Martial law was ordered lifted from the city.[41]
  • Benito Mussolini met with Austrian Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg in Florence.[42]

August 22, 1934 (Wednesday)[edit]

August 23, 1934 (Thursday)[edit]

August 24, 1934 (Friday)[edit]

  • Eugenics officials in Nazi Germany issued Ten Commandments for marriage.[46] Number 5 proclaimed, "As a German choose only a spouse of the same or Nordic blood", while Number 10 said, "You should want to have as many children as possible."[47]
  • American journalist Dorothy Thompson received a letter from the Gestapo ordering her to leave Germany, citing what it called "numerous anti-German articles in the American press."[48]
  • The U.S. and Cuban governments signed a reciprocal trade agreement to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.[39]

August 25, 1934 (Saturday)[edit]

August 26, 1934 (Sunday)[edit]

August 27, 1934 (Monday)[edit]

August 28, 1934 (Tuesday)[edit]

August 29, 1934 (Wednesday)[edit]

August 30, 1934 (Thursday)[edit]

August 31, 1934 (Friday)[edit]

  • The German press office announced that 65,000 Jews had emigrated from Germany since Hitler became chancellor on January 30, 1933. 21,000 of them had gone to France, 10,000 to Palestine, 8,000 to Poland and 4,000 to Czechoslovakia.[60]
  • The Nightmare of 1934 painting was vandalized by an illegal immigrant who set it on fire because he found it offensive to the Roosevelt family.[61]
  • Born: Heinz Goll, sculptor, in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1999)


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