Thursday, March 25, 2010

Young Historians: Street/Outside Games 1930s

Spring is here! We want to celebrate with games that children of the 1930s played outside. They had names like “Mother May I;” SPUD or HALT; “Red Light, Green Light;” “Swinging Statues and “Run Sheepie Run.” Gloria Leven will talk about the
games from her childhood.

Not long ago, Gloria told us she was seven years old when the 1930’s started. Our history time line is now up to 1938. Gloria would have been 15. These are some of the things that happened that year:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the most popular film that year.

• Edward R. Murrow gave his first CBS radio “News Roundup.”

• Blood tests were required before you could get married.

• Benny Goodman and The Andrew Sisters were very popular on the radio. Songs included: Stompin’ at the Savoy; I Got Rhythm and Flat Foot Floggie with the FloyFloy.

• The House Committee on Un-American Activities established. Its task was to investigate Socialists, Communists, and other individuals deemed un-American.

• The Pulitzer Prize went to Thornton Wilder for “Our Town.”

• The President raises minimum wage from .25¢ to .40¢

• The first Action Comic book appears with Superman on the cover.

• Howard Hughes flies around world in 3 days, 19 hours, 8 minutes and 10 seconds.

• Popular books that year included: The Yearling; Rebecca and Dale Carnegie’s How to
Win Friends and Influence Enemies.

Hellzapoppin opens on Broadway and is the biggest hit of the 1930’s.

• The New York Yankees win the World Series.

• The radio program “War of the Worlds” is aired causing people to panic, as they believe aliens from another planet have landed in New Jersey.

• Irving Berlin releases “God Bless America,” which is sung by Kate Smith

• Kristallancht (Night of the Broken Glass) takes place in Germany and Austria. America comes out against these activities.

• American Pearl S. Buck wins the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature for her books on China.

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