1936 Hit Parade

The San Francisco Bay Bridge was completed.

Run-proof mascara was invented.

Popular movies included: 
    Born to Dance
starring James Stewart and Eleanor Powell
Camille directed by George Cukor and starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor and Lionel Barrymore
Fury directed by Fritz Lang starring Sylvia Sidney and Spencer Tracy
The Great Ziegfeld starring William Powell and Myrna Loy
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town directed by Frank Capra and starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur
My Man Godfrey directed by Gregory La Cava and starring Carole Lombard and William Powell
Show Boat directed by James Whale and starring Paul Robeson, Irene Dunne, and Helen Morgan
Swing Time directed by George Stevens and starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
Theodora Goes Wild directed by Richard Boleslawski and starring Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas.

Fiction included:  Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John Dos Passos’s The Big Money, Walter D. Edmonds’s Drums Along the Mohawk, William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, Munro Leaf’s The Story of Ferdinand, Henry Miller’s Black Spring, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind and John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle.

Popular songs included: “Cool Water” by Bob Nolan; “Goody-Goody” by Matt Malneck and Johnny Mercer, “I’m and Old Cowhand (from the Rio Grande)” by Johnny Mercer, “Pennies From Heaven” by Arthur Johnston and Johnny Burke, “Ramblings on My Mind” by Robert Johnson, “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima, “Stompin at the Savoy” by Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson and Chick Webb, lyrics by Andy Razaf and “Walkin’ Blues” by Robert Johnson.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was published.

The WPA employed 3,500 artists, 6,500 writers, and 15,000 musicians.

Fortune magazine polled that 67 percent favored birth control.

Herbert LeRoy Hechler began running a flea circus on New York City’s 42nd street.  For thirty cents viewers could watch trained fleas juggle, dance, walk a tightrope and operate a carousel.

Approval was given to John Russell Pope’s designs of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Art Gallery.

Tampax was introduced on the market.

July 9:  The Women by Clare Boothe Luce opened at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theater.