Notable Events and Statistics of 1929

President:  Calvin Coolidge - Herbert Hoover

U.S. Population:  122,000,000

Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.02

Unemployment:  3.2%

The U.S. Army Corps airplane begins a six-day non-stop endurance flight using aerial refueling.

Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta from Ireland to begin her work in India.

First appearance of the comic strip hero, Popeye in Thimble Theatre.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues), by Erich Maria Remarque, is published in book form.

Five rival gangster of Al Capone, plus two civilians, are shot dead in Chicago. (St. Valentine’s Day Massacre)

The Grand Teton National Park is established by the U.S Congress.

The longest bridge in the world at this time, the San Fransisco Bay Toll-Bridge , opens.

 the creator of the first automobile, Karl Benz, dies.

The inaugural Monaco Grand Prix  is won by William Grover-Williams driving a Bugatti.

The first public demonstration of color TV is held.

In Russia, a secret decree of the Sovnarkom creates the backbone of the Gulag system.

The Geneva Convention addresses the treatment of prisoners of war.

The Red Crescent is adopted as an additional emblem of the League of Red Cross Societies.

Fritz von Opel pilots the first rocket powered aircraft, the Opel RAK 1, in front of a large crowd in Frankfurt, Maine. 

The Wall Street Crash wipes out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange.

Former U.S. Interior Albert B. Fall Secretary is convicted of bribery for his role in the Teapot Dome scandal. 

Vladimir Zworykin takes out the first patent for color television.

Museum of Modern Art opens to the public in New York City.

Martin Luther King Jr. is born.

Anne Frank is born.

Wyatt Earp dies.

© Steven Oberlander 2015