The Dirty Thirties

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    The Dirty Thirties

  • Jet engine invented by Sir Frank Whittle

    Jet engine invented by Sir Frank Whittle
    Dr. Hans von Ohain and Sir Frank Whittle are both recognized as being the co-inventors of the jet engine. Each worked separately and knew nothing of the other's work. Hans von Ohain is considered the designer of the first operational turbojet engine. Frank Whittle was the first to register a patent for the turbojet engine in 1930. Frank Whittle's jet first flew in in 1941.
  • Major Bank Fails

    Major Bank Fails
    The Bank of United States, founded by Joseph S. Marcus in 1913 at 77 Delancey Street in New York, was the bank that failed in 1931. The bank run on its Bronx branch is said to have started the collapse of banking during the Great Depression; losing about 200 million dollars of depositors' savings.
  • Empire State Building completed!

    Empire State Building completed!
    Empire State Building completed and officially opened!
  • Al Caopone was caught!

    Al Caopone was caught!
    On this day in 1931, gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected

    Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected
  • John Herbert Dillinger killed

    John Herbert Dillinger killed
    Dillinger is shot three times and thus proclaimed dead.
  • Adolf Hitler takes power!

    Adolf Hitler takes power!
    Adolf Hitler elected president of Germany
  • Hoover Dam

    Hoover Dam
    The Hoover dam's construction was finally completed on this day.
  • Emerson radio was made 1936

    Emerson radio was made 1936
  • Neutrality Act Passed

    Neutrality Act Passed
  • Golden Gate Bridge, Opened

    Golden Gate Bridge, Opened
  • The Invention of the Photocopier

    The Invention of the Photocopier
    The photocopier, copy machine, was invented by Chester Carlson. Carlson was an engineer who couldn't get a job in his field during the Great Depression, so he took work in the patent department of batter-manufacturer P.R. Mallory.
  • Minimum Wage

    Minimum Wage
    Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938:Maximum Struggle for a Minimum Wage
  • Albert Einstein "Manhattan Project"

    Albert Einstein "Manhattan Project"
    On August 2, 1939, just before the beginning of World War II, Albert Einstein wrote to then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Einstein and several other scientists told Roosevelt of efforts in Nazi Germany to purify uranium-235, which could be used to build an atomic bomb. It was shortly thereafter that the United States Government began the serious undertaking known then only as "The Manhattan Project."
  • The Non-Aggression Pact

    The Non-Aggression Pact
    On August 23, 1939, representatives from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union met and signed the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, which guaranteed that the two countries would not attack each other. By signing this pact, Germany had protected itself from having to fight a two-front war in the soon-to-begin World War II; the Soviet Union was awarded land, including parts of Poland and the Baltic States. The pact was broken when Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union less than two years later, on Jun
  • The Invasion of Poland

    The Invasion of Poland
    On Sept. 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, the act that started World War II. The day before, Nazi operatives had posed as Polish military officers to stage an attack on the radio station in the Silesian city of Gleiwitz. Germany used the event as the pretext for its invasion of Poland.
  • Start of WWII!!

    Start of WWII!!
    On this day in 1939, in response to Hitler's invasion of Poland, Britain and France, both allies of the overrun nation declare war on Germany.