Friday, February 27, 2009

1929: More than just a stock market crash. 80 years ago this year.

I was thinking about the current economic crisis, and started reading about the stock market crash of 1929, just to see if there were any similarities. I got sidetracked (as usual) and started reading a list of events that happened in that same year. There were a lot more events than I have listed here, but these caught my eye.

Also, I found out the Mercedes was not Karl's wife or daughter.

1. The nation's first seeing eye dog training school opens.

2. Al Capone orders the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago.

3. Herbert Hoover sworn in as President.

4. Charles Lindbergh marries Anne Morrow.

5. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. marries Joan Crawford.

6. Construction contract for the Empire State Building awarded.

7. Edwin Hubble, an American astronomer, proves that the Milky Way is not the only galaxy in the universe.

8. Auto pioneer David Buick dies.

9. Auto pioneer (inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile) Karl Benz dies.

10. First Academy Awards held. Wings wins.

11. Fighting breaks out between Jews and Muslims at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall followed by mass demonstrations in Syria, Iraq, Arabia and Transjordan calling for a Holy War.

12. Wyatt Earp dies in his sleep at age 80. Tom Mix weeps at funeral.


  1. Since those were primarily US events, I thought I'd have a look to see if anything happened anywhere else in the world. And the most amazing things did:

    1. Women are announced to be persons by the privy council in Britain.

    2. The Ross County F.C. is founded in Dingwall, Scotland.

    3. The first lightpoles appear in London. (lightpoles? Is that AmericanSpeak?)

    4. Civil war erupts in Afghanistan. (plus ├ža change)

    Thankfully all these things seem so far away. When my younger son was in primary school, he was studying things I could remember and calling it history. I've never recovered properly.

  2. That's quite a list, particularly with A's additions. (Although recognition by a privy council seems dubious - over here privy is another word for outhouse).
    And who knew that it was the start of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s Great Depression as well? (How long were they married?)

  3. @A. - Yes, mostly American. Except Karl Benz kicking the bucket. Those things you added were very interesting. I didn't know of any of them except the Ross County F.C., of course. F.C. being "Family Channel." Kidding. Faux-football something or other. :)

    @Janet - Good one! Zing! Douggie's Great Depression. How long? I don't know. I'm guessing they didn't make Paul Harvey's longevity awards. :)

    Paul Harvey died this week. :( :(

  4. I'm taking my life in my hands here, to answer Janet. The privy council is an advisory body (once to the monarch), privy meaning private. The word privy is also used for an outside toilet, dunny, thunderbox, bog, or any of the many terms mine host collected in his earlier BritishSpeak days. A private place I suppose. An outhouse, on the other hand, to me means something like a shed, garden store, any other building outside the main house.



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