Did you Know? – 1930’s

In 1930 Pluto was discovered meaning that all the planets in our solar system had now been discovered, Pluto has since been demoted to dwarf planet status. Since its discovery Pluto has still not completed an orbit of the Sun.

In 1931, infamous gangster Al Capone was finally jailed for tax evasion and eventually imprisoned in Alcatraz off the coast of San Francisco. Interestingly one of Capone’s items seized by the US government was an armoured limousine which was later used to protect President Roosevelt. Also 1931 the Empire State Building finished construction and has since become an iconic landmark.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, also in this year scientists had managed to split the atom paving the way for further nuclear research. This was also the first year that Mars Bars were produced.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany and would remain in charge of the country until the end of WW2 in 1945. This was also the establishment of the first Nazi concentration camps beginning what has become known as the Holocaust and the crimes against humanity committed in the coming years. Also in this year the first modern sighting of the Loch Ness monster.

In 1934, the cheeseburger was created and the game Monopoly was first being sold by Parker Brothers.

In 1935, Germany announces re-armament setting the world on the course towards war.

In 1936, Germany hosted the Berlin Olympic games which also happened to be the first televised games. The games would not be held again until 1948 in London due to the outbreak of WW2. Whilst also during this year King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson.

In 1937, Amelia Earhart went missing whilst flying over the Pacific Ocean trying to circumvent the globe. In this year the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was opened which has gone on to also become a famous landmark.

In 1938, Hitler and Germany continued on their path towards war with the annexation of Austria into the Reich. There was also a crisis over the future of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia and this resulted in the Munich agreement. These were just some of the events in which Hitler was appeased on the path to war.

In 1939, the world saw the culmination of Hitler’s ambitions in regards to Czechoslovakia with Germany invading the remainder of the country in March of the year. This event was the last straw for France and Britain and when Hitler set his sights on Poland instead of appeasement they decided to confront Hitler and thus began WW2.