December 16, 2011

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany by President of Germany Paul von Hindenburg

The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States

The original film version of King Kong, starring Fay Wray, premieres at Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy Theatre in New York City

The Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a “bank holiday”, closing all United States banks and freezing all financial transactions (the ‘holiday’ ends on March 13)

The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany

Mohandas Gandhi begins a 3-week hunger strike because of the mistreatment of the lower castes

The Nazi Party in Germany introduces a law to legalize eugenic sterilization

Gandhi is sentenced to prison in India

Air France begins operations with 250 planes

Albert Einstein arrives in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany; he accepts a position at Princeton University

New Deal: – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million of the unemployed

FM radio is patented

The US 21st Amendment officially goes into effect, alcohol becomes legal in the US

The first doughnut store under the Krispy Kreme name opens in Nashville, Tennessee

Turkey concludes a treaty with the creditors of the former Ottoman Empire to schedule the payments in Paris. (Turkey succeeds in clearing all the debt in less than twenty years.)

May 23Joan Collins, English actress is born

May 24 – Christina G L Lyons, later Campbell, my Grandmother, is born