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1934

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Across the Nation
Unemployment Climbs, Businesses and Banks Close
"Black Blizzard" Blankets Country
Iowa Calls Halt to "Penny Auctions"
Chicago World's Fair Opens
Scientists Discover "Vitamin B1"

Federal Scene
Assassinaton Attempt on President-Elect Roosevelt!
FDR Takes Oath of Office, Reassures Nation
America Tunes into FDR's First "Fireside Chat"
Congress Adjourns After 100 Days in Session: Much Accomplished
Civilian Conservation Corps Opens Camps to Young Men
Ambitious Program Planned for Tennessee Valley
Prohibition Repealed!

World View
Hitler elected Chancellor of Germany
United States Recognizes USSR

Popular Culture
NY Giants Defeat Washington Senators in World Series
First drive-in theater opens in Camden, NJ
New magazines hit stands: Newsweek and Esquire

Popular songs:

  • "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
  • "It's Only a Paper Moon"
  • "Stormy Weather"
  • "The Gold Digger's Song" (We're in the Money)

Literature:

  • Lost Horizon by J. Hilton
  • Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen
  • God's Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
  • Ann Vickers by Sinclair Lewis
  • Winner Take Nothing by Ernest Hemingway
  • Ah, Wilderness!" by Eugene O'Neill
  • Archibald Macleish wins Pulitzer Prize for "Conquistador"

Movies:

  • "Alice in Wonderland"
  • "Dinner at Eight"
  • "Duck Soup"
  • "King Kong"
  • "Little Women"