This Day in History

The Death of Lawrence of Arabia

T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, died on May 19, 1935, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Lawrence had become legendary for his role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule during World War I, and his experiences were immortalized in the film “Lawrence of Arabia.” A scholar, writer, and archaeologist, […]

“Black Sunday” Devastates the Great Plains 

On April 14, 1935, a devastating dust storm known as “Black Sunday” strikes the Great Plains during the Dust Bowl era, engulfing the region in darkness and wreaking havoc on farms and communities. The storm, fueled by severe drought and soil erosion caused by intensive farming practices, serves as a stark reminder of the environmental […]

FDR Signs Emergency Relief Appropriation Act

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act into law, authorizing additional funding for New Deal programs aimed at providing relief to Americans suffering from the effects of the Great Depression. The legislation marks a crucial step in Roosevelt’s efforts to address economic hardship and implement reforms to stimulate recovery and alleviate poverty.

The Luftwaffe is Established as the German Air Force

On February 26th, 1935, Nazi Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler ordered the formation of the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force. This marked a significant step in the militarization of Germany and laid the groundwork for the air campaigns of World War II.

Elvis Presley is Born

January 8th, 1935, marks the birth of the “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley. His impact on music and popular culture would make him a global icon.

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, one of the engineering marvels of the 20th century, was dedicated, providing hydroelectric power and water resources to the American Southwest.