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    Tables – World Events 1930s

    YearMajor Events
    1930Start of the Great Depression. Mahatma Gandhi starts the Salt March in India.
    1931Empire State Building completed in New York. Japanese invasion of Manchuria begins.
    1932Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo air crossing of the Atlantic. Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected President of the United States.
    1933Adolf Hitler comes to power in Germany. The New Deal begins in the U.S.
    1934Dust Bowl begins in the U.S. and Canada. Mao Zedong begins the Long March in China.
    1935Social Security Act passed in the U.S. Mussolini invades Ethiopia.
    1936Spanish Civil War begins. Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany.
    1937Hindenburg disaster occurs in New Jersey. Japan invades China, initiating the Second Sino-Japanese War.
    1938Hitler annexes Austria and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” radio broadcast causes panic.
    1939World War II begins with Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland. Soviet Union invades Finland.