Louisiana Timeline 1925-1950

Historic Events

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Louisiana - 1925-1950

Huey P Long became the 40th Governor of Louisiana in 1928.

The outlaws Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police on May 23, 1934 on Highway 154, south of Gibsland, Bienville Parish and died in a hail of bullets.

Huey P Long died in Baton Rouge from gunshot wounds on September 10, 1935 and Jerry Lee Lewis was born nineteen days later in Ferriday, Louisiana.

Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans on October 18, 1939.

The novelist Anne Rice was born on October 4, 1941.

On February 17, 1942, one of the founding members of the Black Panthers, Huey P. Newton was born.

An American cargo ship was attacked and sunk by a German U-boat at the mouth of the Mississippi on May 12, 1942.

The movie 'New Orleans, starring Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday was released in 1947.

America - 1925-1950

In Chicago, gangsters dressed as police officers massacred seven members of a rival gang on February 14, 1929.

1929 marked the start of the Great Depression, with the crash of the New York Stock Exchange in October, wiping millions of dollars from the values of stocks and shares and stripping many people of their savings.

Grant Wood painted American Gothic in 1930 and Birdseye produced the first frozen vegetables.

The Empire State Building opened in 1931.

On March 3, 1931, the Star Spangled banner was approved by Congress as the nation's National Anthem.

Prohibition ended in December, 1933.

The World's Fair ran in New York's Flushing Meadows, from April 1939 through October 1940 attracting over 45 million visitors..

In Alabama in 1931, the Scottsboro Boys were arrested, starting a fierce racial feud that would eventually beat the cruel Jim Crow laws.

Franklin D Roosvelt became the 32nd President on March 4, 1933.

The notorious gangster, John Dillinger, was killed in 1934.

J Edgar Hover was made head of the newly formed FBI in 1935 and the Southern Tenant Farmer's Union was formed.

Both the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937. In the same year, Japan invaded China taking control of Beijing and later Shanghai. Dustin Hoffman was born.

Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, died in a motor vehicle accident while traveling on US Route 61 between Memphis TN and Clarksdale MS on September 26, 1937.

The first McDonald's fast-food restaurant opened in 1939.

American audiences were introduced to Tom and Jerry and Buggs Bunny in 1940.

Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the following day America entered WW2, declaring war on Japan.

In 1944 the National Congress of American Indians was founded.

Al Capone died on January 25, 1947. The Polaroid camera was invented that same year.

The World - 1925-1950

The patent for the first jet engine was registered in 1930 and Iraq was granted independence from Great Britain.

The Great Depression had a devastating effect of most of the western world, with rising unemployment, poverty and a growing dissatisfaction stirred by many right-wing politicians.

Aldous Huxley's Brave New World was published in 1932.

Adolf Hitler became the German Chancellor in 1933

The Civil War in Spain commenced in 1936 and Nazi Germany hosted the Olympic Games with black athlete Jesse Owns taking four gold medals.

England declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939 after Germany invaded Poland.

The war lasted six years and one day, ending on September 2, 1945.

In that same year, American planes dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In August 1947 the British granted independence to the states of India and Pakistan.

The State of Israel was formed in May 1948 from the Mandate of Palestine.

The cold war began in 1949, with the division of Germany into East and West. The first James Bond novel was published four years later.