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1933 Newspaper Headlines

What happened in 1933 that sent the tabloids into overdrive and the public into a frenzy? 1933 newspaper headlines document a fascinating year for political, social and cultural aspects of society. Communism was in full swing, Adolf Hitler became dictator of Germany, the Loch Ness Monster showed herself for the first time and Albert Einstein arrived in the US as a refugee from Nazi Germany. There are plenty of headlines to keep you turning pages for hours, as you discover what it would have been like to live during this year in history.

DateEvent
18th February 1933Birth of Sir Bobby Robson, English footballer and manager.
27th February 1933Germany's main parliament building, the Reichstag, is set on fire and severely damaged. The fire is supposedly started by Dutch communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, and he is later beheaded for the crime. The verdict continues to be the subject of controversy, as many historians point to the convenient assistance that the fire gave to Nazi Germans in their mission to weed out communists and increase state security throughout Germany.
4th March 1933U.S. President Herbert Hoover is succeeded by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in reference to the ‘Great Depression‘, proclaims in his inauguration speech, "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself".
14th March 1933Birth of Michael Caine, English actor.
23rd March 1933The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.
11th April 1933After being acquitted of murder, aviator William Newton “Bill” Lancaster takes-off in the ‘Southern Cross Minor’ plane for an attempt on the England to South Africa speed record. Lancaster seemingly vanishes, but actually crashes north of his expected flight plan due to engine failure. His body is found in the Sahara Desert in 1962.
27th April 1933The Jessop & Son department store in Nottingham is acquired by the John Lewis Partnership, thus becoming the company’s first shop outside of London.
2nd May 1933The first alleged sighting of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ is recorded on a photograph taken by Hugh Gray. The world becomes captivated by the myth, but tales of the monster had in fact been circulating since the seventh century.
12th June 1933The London Economic Conference is held.
4th July 1933Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi, political and spiritual leader, is sentenced to prison in India for creating unrest in Kheda. He had been cleaning-up the village and studying the suffering of its inhabitants, encouraging the people to stand-up for themselves and to condemn the social evils that were taking place by those in power.
10th October 1933A United Airlines Boeing 247 is destroyed by a bomb near to Chesterton in Indiana. This is the first proven case of air sabotage in commercial airline history.
17th October 1933Albert Einstein arrives in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
24th October 1933Birth of Ronald and Reginald Kray, British gangsters.
21st December 1933The British Plastics Federation, the oldest in the world, is founded.
26th December 1933The Nissan Motor Company is established in Tokyo, Japan.
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