Guess the Year 4-30-12 |

Guess the Year 4-30-12

Article & artwork by Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.
Dorothy, Scarecrow and Toto discover a tin woodsman and a cowardly Lion.

Buy Photo

This year MGM’s classic musical film “The Wizard of Oz,” based on L. Frank Baum’s famous novel, and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, was released. Its initial release failed to recover the studio’s investment. Subsequent re-releases made up for that. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It lost that award to “Gone with the Wind,” but won two others, including Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow.”

This year television demonstrations were held at the World fair.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, appearing at the opening of the New York World’s Fair, became the first President of the United States to give a speech that is broadcast on television.

Adolf Hitler ordered Plan Z, a five-year naval expansion program intended to provide for a huge German fleet capable of crushing the Royal Navy.

Hitler gave a speech before the Reichstag where he warned that if “Jewish financers” start a war against Germany, the result will be the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.”

Sit-down strikes were outlawed by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Students at Harvard University demonstrated to reporters the new tradition of swallowing goldfish.

John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published.

Batman, created by Bob Kane (and, unofficially, Bill Finger) made his first appearance in a comic book.

Lina Medina, a 5-year-old Peruvian girl, gave birth to a baby boy, becoming the youngest confirmed mother in medical history.

Pan-American Airways began trans-Atlantic mail service with the inaugural flight of its Yankee Clipper from Port Washington, New York.

Theodore Roosevelt’s head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore.

The St. Louis, a ship carrying a cargo of 907 Jewish refugees, was denied permission to land in Florida after already having been turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, many of its passengers later died in Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.

The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany were closed by the Nazis.

Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time anywhere in Wilmington, Delaware.

The daily newspaper comic strip featuring the man of steel – Superman – debuted.

The first NFL pro bowl game was played in Wrigley Field, Chicago; as the New York Giants defeated a team of All Stars by a score of 13 to 10.

Filming began on “Gone With the Wind.”

Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians first recorded Auld Lang Syne.

Billboard Magazine introduced the hillbilly (now known as country) music chart.

April 20, Boston Red Sox great, Ted Williams got his first hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing); it was a double.

Frank Sinatra made his recording debut.

The first air-conditioned automobile, a Packard was on exhibit in Chicago, Ill.

Kate Smith sang Irving Berlin’s God Bless America for the first time.

New York’s La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago landed.

Can you guess the Year?


Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.


The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1933. Congratulations to Karl Schwarz of Loveland, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

* Dorothy Miller has been working on a small book for her grandkids and this photo is one of the pictures that will be used in the book.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


See more