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1934 Newspaper Headlines

Find out what happened in 1934 from a first hand perspective with an authentic newspaper. Read about how the press and the public perceived different events, and how those events impacted on the world. Some key 1934 events include the establishment of Fujifilm, which would make photography an accessible art form and change the concept of representation forever. Read the thrilling coverage of Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous duo who went on the run from the police after murdering two policemen in America. This was the year in which Adolf Hitler became the Fuhrer in Germany, in the lead up to one of the worst wars the world has ever seen. All these stories remain key historical events today, but it’s most fascinating to read about the as they were understood at the time. A 1934 newspaper is a great gift idea for any history buff, or anyone with a special connection to any particular year in history.

DateEvent
1st January 1934Alcatraz, a small island located in the middle of San Francisco bay in California, becomes a prison.
20th January 1934Fuji Photo Film Company Ltd, the pioneer of Fujifilm, is established.
1st April 1934Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow kill two young highway patrolmen near Grapevine in Texas. “Bonnie and Clyde” become famous in the media and various films will be made about the pair of criminals.
19th April 1934Surgeon R.K. Wilson allegedly photographs the “Loch Ness Monster.”
3rd May 1934Birth of Henry Cooper, British boxer.
23rd May 1934A team of police officers, led by Texas Ranger Cordell Walker, mbush bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow near their hideout in Black Lake, Louisiana, killing them both. It is alleged that the criminals are shot over fifty times in total; their request to be buried side-by-side is ignored by the authorities.
10th June 1934Italy beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 after extra time to win the 1934 football World Cup.
2nd August 1934Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany, becoming head of state as well as Chancellor.
22nd September 1934A gas explosion at Gresford Colliery in Wrexham kills 266 coal miners and rescuers, in one of the worst tragedies in Welsh mining history.
29th September 1934Stanley Matthews makes his England football debut, beginning a record twenty-three year international career.
21st November 1934The Melbourne Cricket Club makes the controversial decision to alter the lbw rule so that a batsman can be given lbw to a ball pitching outside off stump. The change is later blamed for many problems developing in the game during the 1950s, such as negative bowling outside leg stump to a field of short-leg fieldsmen.
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