Famous birthdays, deaths and events of 1934
January 5 - William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (d. 1971) January 6 - Sylvia Sims, English actress January 7 - Charlie Jenkins, American runner January 8 - Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (d. 1987) January 8 - Gene Freese, American baseball player January 8 - Roy Kinnear, English actor (d. 1988) January 8 - Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004) January 9 - Bart Starr, American football player January 12 - Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer January 13 - Rip Taylor, American actor January 14 - Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (d. 1977) January 14 - Richard Briers, English actor January 16 - Marilyn Horne, American opera singer January 18 - Raymond Briggs, English writer and illustrator January 20 - Tom Baker, British actor January 21 - Audrey Dalton, Irish actress January 22 - Bill Bixby, American actor (d. 1993) January 22 - Graham Kerr, British-born chef January 24 - Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet (d. 1976) January 27 - George Follmer, American race car driver January 28 - Juan Manuel Bordeu, Argentine racing driver (d. 1990) January 28 - Mitr Chaibancha, Thai actor (d. 1970) January 31 - James Franciscus, American actor (d. 1991) January 31 - Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005) February 1 - Bob Shane, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) February 5 - Hank Aaron, American baseball player February 6 - Bernard Erhard, American voice actor (d. 2000) February 7 - Earl King, American musician (d. 2003) February 9 - John Ziegler, former NHL Commissioner February 10 - Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet February 11 - Tina Louise, American actress February 11 - John Surtees, MBE February 12 - Bill Russell, American basketball player February 12 - Annette Crosbie, Scottish actress February 13 - George Segal, American actor February 14 - Florence Henderson, American actress February 15 - Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005) February 16 - Herbie & Harold Kalin, American singers (d. 2005-Harold / 2006-Herbie) February 16 - Marlene Hagge, American professional golfer February 17 - Alan Bates, English actor (d. 2003) February 17 - Barry Humphries, Australian actor and comedian February 18 - Audre Lord, Caribbean poet February 19 - Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004) February 20 - Bobby Unser, American racing driver February 21 - Rue McClanahan, American actress February 24 - Renata Scotto, Italian soprano February 24 - Linda Cristal, Argentina-born actress February 25 - Bernard Bresslaw, English actor (d. 1993) February 25 - Tony Lema, American golfer (d. 1966) February 26 - Robert Novak, American political columnist February 27 - N. Scott Momaday, American writer February 27 - Van Williams, American actor March 4 - Mario Davidovsky, Argentinian composer March 4 - John Duffey, American bluegrass musician (d. 1996) March 4 - Anne Haney, American actress (d. 2001) March 4 - Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (d. 2007) March 4 - Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident March 5 - James B. Sikking, American actor March 6 - John Noakes, British television presenter March 7 - Willard Scott, American television broadcaster March 7 - Giorgos Katsaros, Greek musician and composer March 8 - Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d.2006) March 9 - Del Close, American actor March 9 - Marlene Streit, Canadian golfer March 9 - Joyce Van Patten, American actress March 11 - Sam Donaldson, American reporter March 13 - Barry Hughart, American author March 14 - Eugene Cernan, American astronaut March 15 - Richard Layard, Baron Layard March 20 - David Malouf, Australian author March 21 - Al Freeman, Jr. March 22 - Larry Martyn, English comedy actor (d. 1994) March 23 - Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006) March 23 - Mark Rydell, American film and television director March 24 - William Smith, American actor March 25 - Johnny Burnette, American singer (d. 1964) March 25 - Gloria Steinem, American feminist and publisher March 26 - Alan Arkin, American actor March 31 - Richard Chamberlain, American actor March 31 - Shirley Jones, American singer and actress March 31 - John D. Loudermilk, American singer and songwriter April 1 - Don Hastings, American actor April 1 - Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (d. 2004) April 2 - Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (d. 1997) April 5 - Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2000) April 6 - Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka April 7 - Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (d. 2007) April 11 - Mark Strand, Canadian-born American poet April 12 - Heinz Schneiter, Swiss footballer April 17 - Don Kirshner, American composer April 19 - Dickie Goodman, American producer of novelty songs (d. 1989) April 24 - Shirley MacLaine, American actor and author April 25 - Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer April 28 - Lois Duncan, American novelist April 29 - Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player April 29 - Otis Rush, American musician April 30 - Jerry Lordan, English composer and singer (d.1995) May 1 - Joan Hackett, American actress (d. 1983) May 1 - Shirley Horn, American jazz singer and pianist (d. 2005) May 3 - Henry Cooper, English boxer May 3 - Georges Moustaki, Egyptian born Greek-French singer and songwriter May 3 - Frankie Valli, American singer (The Four Seasons) May 5 - Ace Cannon, American saxophonist May 9 - Alan Bennett, British author May 10 - Cliff Wilson, Welsh snooker player (d. 1994) May 13 - Leon Wagner, baseball player (d. 2004) May 14 - Siân Phillips, Welsh actress May 19 - Ruskin Bond, Indian author May 22 - Peter Nero, American musician May 22 - Arne Harris, American television sports director (d. 2001) May 24 - Barry Rose, English choir-trainer and organist May 27 - Harlan Ellison, American author May 28 - Dionne quintuplets (Emilie d. 1954, Marie d. 1970 June 1 - Pat Boone, American singer June 4 - Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971) June 8 - Millicent Martin, English singer and actress June 9 - Jackie Wilson, American singer (d. 1984) June 11 - Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark June 12 - John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (d. 2001) June 13 - Lady Annabel Goldsmith, English socialite June 15 - Jerry Buss, American basketball team owner June 16 - Dame Eileen Atkins, English actress June 16 - Elvira Vinogradova, Russian TV persona June 20 - Wendy Craig, English actress June 20 - Rossana Podestà, Italian actress June 24 - Jean-Pierre Ferland, Québec singer June 26 - Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist June 29 - Corey Allen, American filmmaker and actor June 30 - Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician (d. 1997) July 1 - Jamie Farr, American actor July 1 - Jean Marsh, English actress July 1 - Sydney Pollack, American film director (d. 2008) July 1 - Claude Berri, French actor July 2 - Tom Springfield, British singer and songwriter (The Springfields) July 4 - Colin Welland, English actor July 10 - Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer July 12 - Van Cliburn, American pianist July 13 - Wole Soyinka, Nigerian writer July 15 - Harrison Birtwistle, English composer July 15 - Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977) July 18 - Darlene Conley, American actress (d. 2007) July 18 - Roger Reynolds, American composer and teacher July 20 - Uwe Johnson, German writer July 20 - Doug Padgett, Former England cricketer July 20 - Aliki Vougiouklaki, Greek actress (d. 1996) July 21 - Chandu Borde, Former Indian cricketer July 22 - Louise Fletcher, American actress July 25 - Don Ellis, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1978) July 25 - Claude Zidi, French film director and screenwriter July 28 - Jacques d'Amboise, American choreographer July 30 - Bud Selig, American Commissioner of Baseball August 1 - John Beck, Former New Zealand cricketer (d. 2000) August 3 - Haystacks Calhoun, American professional wrestler (d. 1989) August 5 - Wendell Berry, American poet August 6 - Piers Anthony, English writer August 6 - Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer August 15 - Bobby Byrd, American soul/funk singer (d. 2007) August 15 - Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer (d. 1998) August 15 - Reginald Scarlett, West Indian cricketer August 16 - Diana Wynne Jones, British author August 16 - Ketty Lester, American singer August 16 - Pierre Richard, French actor August 18 - Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney August 18 - Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball player and humanitarian (d. 1972) August 18 - Ronnie Carroll, British singer August 20 - Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen August 21 - Paul Panhuysen, Dutch composer August 22 - Sir Donald McIntyre, English bass-baritone August 23 - Barbara Eden, American actress and singer August 23 - Sonny Jurgensen, American football player August 24 - Kenny Baker, English actor August 25 - Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey August 29 - John Guy, New Zealand cricketer August 30 - Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (d. 2005) August 31 - Nikos Xanthopoulos, Greek actor September 3 - Freddie King, American musician (d. 1976) September 5 - Carol Lawrence, American actress and singer September 7 - Little Milton, American musician (d. 2005) September 8 - Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer September 10 - Roger Maris, American baseball player (d. 1985) September 11 - Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist September 12 - Glenn Davis, American athlete September 14 - Kate Millett, American feminist writer September 16 - George Chakiris, American actor September 17 - Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (d. 1969) September 20 - Sophia Loren, Italian actress September 21 - Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer and songwriter September 24 - Tommy Anderson, Scottish footballer September 24 - John Brunner, British author (d. 1995) September 25 - Jean Sorel, French actor September 27 - Wilford Brimley, American actor September 27 - Claude Jarman Jr., American actor September 27 - Dick Schaap, American sports reporter (d. 2001) September 28 - Brigitte Bardot, French actress September 28 - Janet Munro, British actress (d. 1972) September 29 - Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Psychology professor September 29 - Lance Gibbs, Guyanese West Indies cricketer September 30 - Udo Jürgens, Austrian singer September 30 - Anna Kashfi, Welsh actress October 2 - Earl Wilson, American baseball player (d. 2005) October 4 - Sam Huff, American football player October 5 - Angelo Buono, Jr. October 7 - Amiri Baraka, American writer October 7 - Ulrike Meinhof, German terrorist (d. 1976) October 9 - Jill Ker Conway, Australian-American author October 15 - N. Ramani, Indian flutist October 16 - Peter Ashdown, British racing driver October 17 - Johnny Haynes, English footballer (d. 2005) October 18 - Calvin Lockhart, Bahamian actor (d. 2007) October 18 - Inger Stevens, Swedish actress (d. 1970) October 18 - Chuck Swindoll, American evangelist October 20 - Eddie Harris, American jazz saxophonist (d. 1996) October 20 - Michiko, empress of Japan October 26 - Hans-Joachim Rödelius, German composer and musician (Cluster October 27 - Giorgos Konstadinou, Greek actor and director October 30 - Frans Brüggen, Dutch musician November 1 - Gillian Knight, English mezzo-soprano November 1 - William Mathias, British composer (d. 1992) November 2 - Bill Gothard, American speaker November 2 - Ken Rosewall, Australian tennis player November 3 - Ruma Guha Thakurta, Singer November 5 - Victor Argo, American actor (d. 2004) November 10 - Lucien Bianchi, Belgian racing driver (d. 1969) November 11 - Jim Perry, Canadian-American television personality. November 13 - Jimmy Fontana, Italian actor November 13 - Alberto Lattuada, Italian film director (d. 2005) November 13 - Garry Marshall, American producer November 14 - Catherine McGuinness, Irish Supreme Court Justice November 14 - Kurt Hamrin, Swedish soccer player November 17 - Fenella Fielding, English actress November 23 - Robert Towne, American screenwriter and director November 23 - Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (d. 1994) November 24 - Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (d. 1998) November 27 - Ammo Baba, Iraqi-Assyrian footballer December 1 - Billy Paul, American singer December 2 - Andre Rodgers, baseball player (d. 2004) December 4 - Victor French, American actor (d. 1989) December 4 - Wink Martindale, American game show host December 5 - Joan Didion, American writer December 5 - Nikos Kourkoulos, Greek actor December 6 - Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler December 9 - Dame Judi Dench, English actress December 9 - Junior Wells, American musician (d. 1998) December 13 - Richard D. Zanuck, American film producer December 16 - Elgin Gay Baylor, NBA Hall of Famer December 17 - Ray Wilson, English footballer December 19 - Rudi Carrell, Dutch singer December 19 - Al Kaline, American baseball player December 19 - Casper R. Taylor, Jr. December 22 - David Pearson, American racecar driver December 27 - Larissa Latynina, Russian gymnast December 28 - Dame Maggie Smith, British actress December 28 - Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (d. 1987) December 29 - Ed Flanders, American actor (d. 1995) December 30 - Joseph Bologna, American actor December 30 - Del Shannon, American singer (d. 1990) December 30 - Russ Tamblyn, American actor
January 8 - Andrei Bely, Russian writer (b. 1880) January 8 - Serge Stavisky, French financier and embezzler (b. 1886) January 10 - Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist accused of setting the Reichstag fire (b. 1909) January 12 - Pawel Kochanski, Polish violinist January 30 - Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (b. 1862) February 17 - Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862) February 21 - Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino, Nicaraguan patriot (assassinated) (b. 1895) February 23 - Edward Elgar, English composer (b. 1857) March 20 - Queen Emma of the Netherlands, (b. 1858) March 21 - Franz Schreker, Austrian composer (b. 1878) March 29 - Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire and benefactor (b. 1867) May 14 - Lou Criger, American baseball player (b. 1872) May 23 - Clyde Barrow, American outlaw (b. 1909) May 23 - Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (b. 1910) May 25 - Gustav Holst, English composer (b. 1874) June 10 - Frederick Delius, English composer (b. 1862) June 11 - Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (b. 1896) June 15 - Alfred Bruneau, French composer (b. 1857) June 21 - Thorne Smith, American author (b. 1892) July 2 - Ernst Röhm, Nazi official (b. 1887) July 22 - John Dillinger, American bank robber (b. 1903) July 25 - François Coty, French perfume manufacturer (b. 1874) July 25 - Engelbert Dollfuss, Chancellor of Austria (assassinated) (b. 1892) July 25 - Nestor Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist (b. 1889) July 28 - Marie Dressler, Canadian actress (b. 1868) July 28 - Louis Tancred, Former South African cricketer (b. 1876) July 29 - Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883) August 8 - Wilbert Robinson, American baseball player and hall-of-famer (b. 1863) September 2 - Alcide Nunez, American musician (b. 1884) September 2 - Russ Columbo, American singer September 2 - James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player October 22 - Pretty Boy Floyd, American gangster (b. 1904) November 23 - Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895) November 27 - Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (b. 1908) November 30 - Hélène Boucher, French aviatrix (b. 1908) December 12 - Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894) December 13 - Thomas A. Watson, American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (b. 1854)
January 1 - Alcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison. January 1 - Nazi Germany passes the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring". January 13 - The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR. January 26 - The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City. January 26 - German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact is signed. January 28 - The first ski tow in the United States begins operation in Vermont. February 6 - Far right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France. February 9 - The Balkan Entente is formed. February 12 - The Austrian Civil War begins. February 12 - The Export-Import Bank of the United States is incorporated. February 12 - In Spain the national council of Juntas de Ofensiva Nacional-Sindicalista is inaugurated. The council decides to merge the movement with the Falange Española. February 13 - The Soviet steamship Cheliuskin sinks in the Arctic Ocean. February 16 - Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund. February 16 - Commission of Government is sworn in as form of direct rule for the Dominion of Newfoundland. February 23 - Léopold III becomes King of Belgium. March 8 - A photograph by astronomer Edwin Hubble shows there are as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in the Milky Way. March 24 - U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act. March 26 - Driving test introduced in the United Kingdom. April 12 - The strongest surface wind gust in the world at 231 mph, is measured on the summit of Mount Washington, US. April 12 - The US Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers. April 19 - Shirley Temple debuts in Stand Up and Cheer. May 11 - Dust Bowl: A strong two-day dust storm removes massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil in one of the worst dust storms of the Dust Bowl in North America. May 15 - Kārlis Ulmanis establishes an authoritarian government in Latvia. May 21 - Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens. May 23 - American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana. May 23 - The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers. May 28 - Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Olivia and Elzire Dionne, later becoming the first quintuplets to survive infancy. May 28 - The Glyndebourne festival in England is inaugurated. June 6 - New Deal: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Act of 1933 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Judge Joseph Crater is declared dead in absentia. June 9 - Donald Duck makes his debut in The Wise Little Hen. June 13 - Adolf Hitler and Mussolini meet in Venice, Italy; Mussolini later describes the German dictator as "a silly little monkey". June 14 - James J. Braddock scores one of the most upsetting victories in of his boxing career by beating John "Corn" Griffin June 15 - The U.S.'s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is founded. June 19 - The Communications Act of 1934 establishes the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC). June 26 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions. June 30 - The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler's violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, takes place. July 2 - The Night of the Long Knives ends with the death of Ernst Röhm. July 4 - Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb. July 5 - "Bloody Thursday" July 15 - Continental Airlines commences operations. July 20 - Labor unrest in the U.S., as police in Minneapolis fire upon striking truck drivers, wounding fifty; Seattle police led by the mayor police fire tear gas on and club 2,000 striking longshoremen, and the governor of Oregon calls out the National Guard to break a strike on the Portland docks. July 22 - Outside Chicago's Biograph Theatre, "Public Enemy No. 1" John Dillinger is mortally wounded by FBI agents. July 25 - The Nazis assassinate Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss in a failed coup attempt. July 26 - Assassination of Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss. August 2 - Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany. August 3 - Adolf Hitler becomes the supreme leader of Germany by joining the offices of President and Chancellor into Führer. August 11 - First civilian prisoners arrive at Federal prison on Alcatraz Island. August 19 - The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio. August 19 - The creation of the position Führer is approved by the German electorate with 89.9% of the popular vote. September 1 - SMJK Sam Tet was founded by Father Fourgs from the St. Michael Church, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. September 8 - Off the New Jersey coast, a fire aboard the passenger liner SS Morro Castle kills 135 people. September 18 - The USSR is admitted to League of Nations. September 19 - Bruno Hauptmann is arrested for the kidnap and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.. September 21 - A large typhoon hits western Honshū, Japan, killing 3,036 people. September 22 - An explosion takes place at Gresford Colliery in Wales, leading to the deaths of 266 miners and rescuers. September 26 - Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched. October 9 - Regicide at Marseille: The assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and Louis Barthou, Foreign Minister of France. October 15 - The Soviet Republic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek's National Revolutionary Army successfully encircle Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March. October 16 - Chinese Communists begin the Long March; it ended a year and four days later, by which time Mao Zedong had regained his title as party chairman. October 22 - In East Liverpool, Ohio, notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd is shot and killed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. November 6 - Memphis, Tennessee becomes the first major city to join the Tennessee Valley Authority. November 23 - An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal, which lay well within Ethiopian territory. This leads to the Abyssinia Crisis. November 27 - Bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out with the FBI. November 29 - The Chicago Bears defeat the Detroit Lions 19-16 in the first nationally broadcast game. November 30 - The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman becomes the first to officially exceed 100mph. December 1 - In the Soviet Union, Politburo member Sergei Kirov is shot dead at the Communist Party headquarters in Leningrad by Leonid Nikolayev. December 5 - Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city. December 29 - Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.