July 1933

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July 1–15, 1933: Armada of Italian Air Force planes flies to Chicago
July 20, 1933: Nazi Germany's Von Papen, Vatican City's Pacelli (both seated at hed of table) sign pact
July 15–22, 1933: Wiley Post flies solo around the world
July 14, 1933: Germany issues sterilization law to prevent "diseased offspring"
Post's airplane, the Winnie Mae

The following events occurred in July 1933:

July 1, 1933 (Saturday)[edit]

  • The United Kingdom and the Soviet Union resumed trading, after the Soviets agreed to release the last of the British Metro-Vickers engineers who had been arrested and convicted of espionage.;[1] L.C. Thornton and William MacDonald arrived back in Britain on July 5.[2]
  • After Reverend Ludwig Mueller, the head of Germany's new "Reich Church", said that Adolf Hitler was going to join the new organization, Hitler sent word through its new agency that the reports "are a fantasy and lies. Hitler belongs now, as previously, in the Catholic church and has no intention of leaving it."[3]
  • Italo Balbo, the Air Minister of Italy, and his "armada" of 25 seaplanes of the Italian Air Force, set off from Orbetello at 5:45 am on the first leg of a 6,000 mile trip to the World's Fair in Chciago.[4]
  • The London Passenger Transport Board was created, bringing all of London's mass transportation (underground subways, trams, and buses) and taxicabs under one authority.[5]
  • The Douglas DC-1, the first commercial airline manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company, made its first flight, taking off from Clover Field at Santa Monica, California with Carl Cover and Fred Herman as pilots.[6]
  • Ethel Waters became the first African-American to have her own network radio show, after being signed to appear twice a week on the NBC Radio Network.[7]
  • Business Plot: Retired USMC Major General Smedley Butler was approached for the first time by businessman Gerald C. MacGuire, ostensibly about running for National Commander of the American Legion. General Butler would testify before Congress in 1934 that MacGuire would visit many times, proposing that Butler lead a veterans in a coup against the United States government.[8]
  • Died: Albert Erskine, 62, President of the Studebaker Corporation, shot himself after being despondent over declining sales for the automaker.

July 2, 1933 (Sunday)[edit]

  • In what has been described as "one of the greatest games in the history of baseball", baseball pitcher Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants pitched 18 innings without walking a single batter on the St. Louis Cardinals, whose Tex Carleton matched Hubbell for the first 16 innings in a 0-0 deadlock. In the 18th inning, New York won the game 1-0 after Carleton was replaced by reliever Jesse Haines.[9]
  • Romania's King Carol II was visiting an arms factory near Cluj when a soldier, startled by a shout from a nearby officer, began firing a new model machine gun in the King's direction. Bullets passed within two feet of the monarch, who was unharmed.[10]

July 3, 1933 (Monday)[edit]

  • U.S. President Roosevelt stunned and angered the rest of the world in a message transmitted to the delegates of the World Economic Conference in London, announcing that the U.S. would remain off of the gold standard in order to pursue long-term price stability at home, rather than immediate international currency stabilization. "This is not the time to dissipate gold reserves", said Roosevelt, adding, "When the world works out concerted policies in the majority of nations to produced balanced budgets and living within their means, then we can properly discuss a better distribution of the world's gold and silver supply... the United States of America seeks the kind of dollar which a generation hence will have the same purchasing and debt-paying power as the dollar value we hope to attain in the near future."[11] On July 8, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Poland made a declaration that they would continue to peg their currencies to the price of gold[12] damaging their economies in the long run.[13]
  • The Convention for the Definition of Aggression, first to agree on a legal meaning for the term, was signed by eight nations at the Soviet Union's embassy in London, as the USSR worked out an agreement with its neighbors (Afghanistan, Estonia, Iran, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Turkey). "Aggression" had been forbidden by the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact in 1928, but not explained. "Aggression" included attacks on territory, naval vessels or aircraft, a naval blockade, aid to armed bands "formed on the territory of a State", or failing "to deprive the bands of any aid and protection".[14]
  • Died: Hipólito Yrigoyen, 82, President of Argentina 1922-30

July 4, 1933 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Howard Moffat, described by a later observer as "the Herbert Hoover of colonial Zimbabwe"[15] resigned as Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia after six years, and was succeeded by George Mitchell

July 5, 1933 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • COMEX, the Commodity Exchange, was formed by the merger of four separate trading forums (National Metal, Rubber, National Raw Silk and New York Hide Exchanges). COMEX would merge into the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) in 1994.[18]

July 6, 1933 (Thursday)[edit]

July 7, 1933 (Friday)[edit]

  • Jimmie Mattern, the American flyer who had disappeared on June 14 while trying to complete the first solo airplane flight around the world, was able to get out word that he had survived. Mattern, missing for more than three weeks, was able to send a telegram from the Siberian city of Bocharova with the words "Safe at Anadyr, Chukotka, Siberia. Jimmie Mattern."[21]
  • U.S. Attorney General Homer S. Cummings said that about $2,000,000 worth of gold had been returned, but that 211 other persons were hoarding $1,297,057 in gold.[22]
  • With the United States off of the gold standard, the value of the American dollar against the British pound dropped by 30 percent, while average prices on the New York Stock Exchange went up.[23]
  • "Old Jack Quinn" pitched his last Major League Baseball game, six days after his 50th birthday, with one inning for the Cincinnati Reds in an 8-5 win over the Boston Braves.[24]
  • The Securities Act of 1933 took effect in the United States, with 41 firms registering with the FTC in order to do business on Wall Street.[25]
  • Born: Murray Halberg, New Zealand runner in 5000 meter race, 1960 Olympic gold medalist, in Eketahuna; David McCullough, American historian and author, in Pittsburgh; and Bruce Wells, English boxer/actor who won 385 fights and lost 3 as an amateur, in Harlesden
  • Died: Mykola Skrypnyk, 61, former Ukrainian SSR Commissar of Education, by suicide

July 8, 1933 (Saturday)[edit]

July 9, 1933 (Sunday)[edit]

July 10, 1933 (Monday)[edit]

  • Shinpeitai Incident: A day before a right-wing group called the "Divine Soldiers" was planning to overthrow the government of Japan, police in Tokyo foiled the plot by arresting the conspirators.[32] The plan had been to bomb the office of Prime Minister Saitō Makoto during a cabinet meeting, then to set up a new government headed by the Emperor Hirohito's uncle, Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, or the Emperor's younger brother, Prince Chichibu; details were suppressed for several years, and the conspirators received light sentences.[33]
  • Born: C. K. Yang (Yang Chuan-kwang), Taiwanese decathlete, silver medalist in the 1960 Summer Olympics; in Taitung; Richard G. Hatcher, African-American politician, Mayor of Gary, Indiana 1968-88; in Michigan City, Indiana; and Kevin Gilbert, Australian author, in Condobolin, New South Wales (d. 1993)
  • Died: Joseph Urban, 61, Austrian stage designer and illustrator; and John Markle, 74, American philanthropist and co-founder of the Markle Foundation
  • Died: Sir Reginald Beatty Wolseley, 61, nicknamed "The Elevator Boy Baronet". In 1923, former hotel elevator operator Dick Wolseley, of Waterloo, Iowa, was elevated to the peerage after his uncle, Sir Capel Charles Wolseley, died. Wolseley had left England in 1897 at the age of 25 and became an elevator operator at a Waterloo hotel.[34]

July 11, 1933 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Executive Order 6202A was issued by U.S. President Roosevelt, creating the 24 member Executive Council, combining the ten members of the President's cabinet and 14 administrators of various federal agencies, to meet every Tuesday afternoon with Roosevelt. Further Executive Orders (6433A, 6770 and 6889A) would experiment with a supercabinet before the idea was abandoned in 1937.[35]
  • Forty people were missing after a motorboat with 130 passengers and crew went down near Matsuyama in Japan. Ninety others were rescued.[36]
  • A Nazi German decree made it illegal for any parent to give the name Hitler, or any variant, to a child.[37]
  • Born: Bob McGrath, American actor who portrayed "Bob" on Sesame Street from 1969 to 2009; in Ottawa, Illinois

July 12, 1933 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The Vienna newspaper Oesterreichische Abendblatt published a three page story claiming proof that Adolf Hitler was "directly descended on his mother's side" from a Jewish family in Czechoslovakia, and that there were at least ten Jewish persons named Hitler in the city of Polná. Alexander Basch, the recently deceased city registrar, had identified a sister of Hitler's grandmother as having been a Jew who moved from Polna to Vienna when both places were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.[38]
  • Born: Donald E. Westlake, 75, American mystery author with 65 novels under 16 pseudonyms; (d. 2008)

July 13, 1933 (Thursday)[edit]

July 14, 1933 (Friday)[edit]

  • The Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring (Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses) was decreed in Nazi Germany, initially providing for the compulsory sterilization of persons with mental retardation ("hereditary feeblemindedness"), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and persons born with handicaps. To review cases, a network of "hereditary health courts" (Erbgesundheitsgericht) was created when the law took effect in 1934. Between 1933 and 1945, 400,000 Aryan Germans were rendered unable to have children, as the definition of mental illness was expanded to include homeless people, prostitutes, petty criminals and juvenile delinquents. Between 1939 and 1945, at least 5,000 mentally or physically disabled children were committed to "special pediatric wards", where they were euthanized, usually by a lethal overdose of medicine. The official numbers did not include handicapped Jews, Gypsies and other non-Aryan people, who did not fall under the jurisdiction of the "health courts", and who were put to death in concentration camps.[43]

July 15, 1933 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Representatives of Europe's four major nations- the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy- signed the Four-Power Pact at Rome, pledging to reduce weapons and to avoid war for ten years.[44]
  • Wiley Post took off from New York at 4:10 am in an attempt to make a solo flight around the world. He flew the airplane Winnie Mae, which he and Harold Gatty had taken around the world in 1931.[45]
  • The Italian Armada of 24 seaplanes, commanded by General Italo Balbo, arrived in Chicago for the Century of Progress exposition, landing on the waters of Lake Michigan.[46]
  • Born: Julian Bream, English guitarist, in London; and Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist who created Valentina, in Milan(d. 2003)
  • Died: Irving Babbitt, 68, American literary critic;; and Freddie Keppard, 44, American jazz musician

July 16, 1933 (Sunday)[edit]

July 17, 1933 (Monday)[edit]

  • Former U.S. Senator Karl C. Schuyler of Colorado, who had completed his term four months earlier, was seriously injured after being knocked down by an automobile while walking in New York City's Central Park. Schuyler initially declined to go to the hospital, and then allowed himself to be admitted at Lenox Hill Hospital under the name "James Evans", where it was determined that he had a fractured pelvis. On July 28, when he was told that he was seriously ill, he finally identified himself to hospital authorities and asked them to notify his wife in Colorado Springs. Former Senator Schuyler would die on July 31.[48]
  • The NIRA Cotton Textile Code went into effect, reducing the 54 hour workweek to 40 hours, with no cut in pay, for American mill workers, while raising the minimum wage to $13 per week. In response to the changes, the companies implemented the "stretch-out" and the "speed-up", doubling workloads and increasing the speed of machinery, then fired hundreds of employees who were unable to handle the expectations.[49]

July 18, 1933 (Tuesday)[edit]

July 19, 1933 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • New York model Lucille Ball, 22, boarded a train to Hollywood, after an agent signed her to appear as part of the chorus for the Eddie Cantor film Roman Scandals, and began a successful career in film and television. After four years of small roles in 18 films, Ball would appear as one of the stars of the 1937 film Stage Door.[51]

July 20, 1933 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, Vatican Secretary of State and the future Pope Pius XII, and German Vice-Chancellor Franz Von Papen signed an agreement at Vatican City.[52] The Vatican agreed to discourage its priests and associations from political activity, in return for Germany agreeing not to interfere with church schools or the Vatican's imposition of the Code of Canon Law upon the Catholic Church in Germany. Ratification of the 33 articles, which are still in effect, would take place on September 10.[53]
  • U.S. President Roosevelt welcomed Italian Air Minister Balbo at the White House,along with 30 officers of the Italian Armada.[54]
  • A priest and eleven children, on an excursion on a lake near Bourges, France, drowned after their boat capsized, while four other children were able to swim to shore.[55]
  • Born: Cormac McCarthy, American novelist, in Providence, Rhode Island; and Buddy Knox, American singer, in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)

July 21, 1933 (Friday)[edit]

  • Actor and comedian Al Jolson punched nationally syndicated gossip columnist Walter Winchell before a crowd of 4,000 people in Hollywood. Jolson felt that Winchell's screenplay for Broadway Through a Keyhole, to be made into a film, had been based on Jolson's romance with Ruby Keeler. A United Press writer acknowledged talk that it was a publicity stunt, but added, "If it was, it was a painful one for Winchell," who was knocked down after being punched in the neck.[56]
  • Born: John Gardner, American novelist (Grendel), in Batavia, New York (killed in accident, 1982)
  • Died Father Charles Uncles, 74, first African-American Catholic priest. His death left only two black Catholic priests in the U.S., Norman Dukette and Charles Logan.[57]

July 22, 1933 (Saturday)[edit]

July 23, 1933 (Sunday)[edit]

July 24, 1933 (Monday)[edit]

  • "Bonnie and Clyde" (Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow) escaped a gunbattle with police at Dexter, Iowa, along with fellow gangmember W. D. Jones. Clyde's brother, Buck Barrow and Buck's wife, Blanche, were captured. Buck, who had been shot in the head on July 19 in Platte City, Missouri, was wounded again.[66] Buck would die five days later, while Bonnie and Clyde would be killed on May 23, 1934. Blanche and W.D. would serve prison sentences.[67]
  • The International Rescue Committee was founded in New York City at the suggestion of Albert Einstein, in order to assist "victims of racial, religious, and ethnic persecution and oppression, as well as people uprooted by war, violence and famine to survive and rebuild their lives".[68]
  • President Roosevelt defended the New Deal in a fireside chat to American radio listeners, saying, "There is nothing complicated about it. It goes back to the basic idea of society and of the nation itself that people acting in a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could even hope to bring about.[69] FDR also coined the term "the first hundred days" to refer to the initial accomplishments of an American President and a new Congress, though he was referring to the 100 day session of the 73rd United States Congress between March 9 and June 17.[70]
  • Born: John Aniston, Greek-American soap opera actor (Days of Our Lives), as Yannis Anastassakis, in Chania, Crete
  • Died: Max von Schillings, 65, German conductor

July 25, 1933 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • France informed China that it was occupying and claiming nine of the Paracel Islands as territory for French Indochina., but did not specify which of the 30 it was taking sovereignty over, though it soon became apparent that they were the uninhabited Spratly Islands.[71]
  • Labor unrest, that would topple the government of Cuban President Gerardo Machado, started with "a relatively innoucuous strike" by the drivers for the Havana bus system over the threat of wage cuts.[72] Four days later, Havana's streetcars and taxis were shut down by strikes, then ships and railroads. Machado would declare martial law on August 5, but would be overthrown a week later.

July 26, 1933 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Erich Koch, Gauleiter of East Prussia, proudly announced to Chancellor Hitler that unemployment in his province had been completely eliminated.[73]
  • The International Silver Agreement was signed in London as part of the World Economic Conference.[74]
  • Minor league baseball player Joe DiMaggio's record, for consecutive games of getting at least one hit, was ended at 61 by Ed Walsh, Jr.. DiMaggio, whose San Francisco Seals would still defeat Walsh's Oakland Oaks, 4-3 that day, would set the Major League Baseball record of a 56 game hitting streak in 1941.[75]
  • Died: Charles Tindley, 82, African-American hymn writer

July 27, 1933 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The World Economic Conference ended in London after more than six unsuccessful weeks, with the British Commonwealth Declaration being made by the member nations to remain off of the gold standard and to keep exchange rates stable within the Commonwealth.[76]
  • Born: Ted Whitten, Australian rules football star, who played 360 games for Footscray 1951-1970, and coached from 1957–1971, in Braybrook, Victoria (d. 1995); and Nick Reynolds, American folk singer in The Kingston Trio, in San Diego (d. 2008)
  • Died: James E. Talmage, 70, American Mormon theologian and one of the 12 apostles of the LDS Church
  • Died: Japanese Field Marshal Nobuyoshi Muto, 63, the Empire's envoy to and de facto ruler of the puppet state of Manchukuo, committed ritual suicide.[77]

July 28, 1933 (Friday)[edit]

  • The first singing telegram was introduced by Western Union as a publicity stunt for singer Rudy Vallee's 32nd birthday. George P. Oslin, press agent for Western, called Vallee's agent to get the singer's telephone number, then had Lucille Lipps, an operator from Western's Telephone Bureau, call Vallee to sing "Habby Birthday" over the phone. Walter Winchell later reported about the stunt in his gossip column.[78]

July 29, 1933 (Saturday)[edit]

  • After months of uncertainty over whether he would continue as Director of the American FBI in the new Democrat administration of President Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover was reappointed, on recommendation of Attorney General Homer Cummings. The other major choice had been NYPD Detective Val O'Farrell.[79]
  • Born: Peter Baldwin, British TV actor (Derek Wilton on Coronation Street), in Chichester; Robert Fuller, American TV actor (Laramie, Emergency!), in Troy, New York; and Lou Albano, Italian-American professional wrestler and actor, in Rome (d. 2009)
  • Died: Buck Barrow, American gangster, ten days after sustaining head wounds in a gunbattle with police in Missouri.

July 30, 1933 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Dizzy Dean set a modern Major League Baseball record by striking out 17 batters in a 8-2 victory for his St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs. In the same game, the other side of the battery, Dean's catcher Jimmy Wilson, set a record of 18 putouts.[80] After the game, he said, "Heck, if anybody told me I was setting a record, I'd of got me some more strikeouts."[81] Bob Feller would hurl 18 strikeouts in 1938; the current record for of 20 strikeouts is held by Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood, while the record of 20 putouts is held by[82]
  • Born: Edd Byrnes, American actor and singer who portrayed Kookie on 77 Sunset Strip

July 31, 1933 (Monday)[edit]

  • Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy, which would run six afternoons a week as a radio serial until 1950, was broadcast for the first time.[83]
  • The Istanbul Darülfünun, founded in 1863 to revive scientific and technical education in the Ottoman Empire,was closed and its 147 professors were fired. The next day, 65 would be hired to the new reformed Istanbul University.[84]
  • President Roosevelt established the nine member Science Advisory Board by Executive Order 6238, the first of several bodies of scientists to advise the United States President.[85]
  • Died: Former U.S. Senator Karl C. Schuyler, 56, of injuries sustained after being struck by a car

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