Only Yesterday - 1935

Posted by: Elizabeth Applebaum on Thursday, March 9, 2017

It’s almost Purim!
Here, a group of girls at the JCC on Woodward and Holbrook make puppets – perfect for the holiday!

Photo courtesy of the Leonard N. Simons Archives

Welcome to 1935!

In the World
Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to New York. “Monopoly" is now available in stores. Women are allowed to vote for the first time in Turkey. Hitler announces the creation of a new air force, headed by Hermann Goering. Sir Robert Watson-Watt of Scotland demonstrates the first radio system for detecting aircraft, to be known as RADAR. Jesse Owens sets the long jump record at 26' 8½".


In the United States
Mickey Mouse appears in Technicolor. Richard Hauptmann is convicted of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. Babe Ruth appears in his last career game. President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law. Elvis Presley is born. The first parking meters are installed (in Oklahoma City). The Hoover Dam opens. Blood tests are accepted as evidence in court. Popular at the box office: Public Hero No. 1, starring Lionel Barrymore and Jean Arthur, a highly fictionalized account of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang.


At the JCC
Plans are under way for extensive renovations to the Jewish Community Center on Woodward and Holbrook. With more than 4,000 members, the JCC already has outgrown this facility, which was created from two buildings, with a gym added at back. The JCC’s mission was to “conserve Jewish interests and ideals to gain a more meaningful Jewish community life.”  

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