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New York City in 1938

July 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of Rules of Civility. As a novel about a twenty-five-year-old woman from a working class background who’s setting out to climb the socio-economic ladder of New York in 1938 – Amor Towles
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1939: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

First commercial transatlantic flight (by Pan Am) Blue Note records established as Charlie Parker settles in NY “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland Einstein-Szilard letter alerting Roosevelt that Germans are working on an atom bomb
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1938: German annexation of Austria (the Anschluss)

Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall concert Superman introduced in Action Comics #1 (followed by Batman a year later) British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain confirms “Peace for our time” Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre
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1937: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Joe Louis becomes heavy weight champion The zipper gains ascendancy over the button in men’s pants as Lana Turner popularizes “the sweater girl” look Minetta Tavern opens on MacDougal Street
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1936: The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes

First washateria in the US Polarized sunglasses and sunblock first marketed “Modern Times” with Charlie Chaplin Spanish Civil War begins
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1935: First night game in Major League Baseball

Penguin publishes first paperback (Andre Maurois’s Ariel) United Auto Workers (UAW) forms and immediately organizes strikes Monopoly introduced by Parker Brothers Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
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1934: Bonnie & Clyde, John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd all gunned down by law enforcement (in Louisiana, Illinois and Ohio, respectively)

Chanel #5 advertised actively in New York Donald Duck appears in his first film New York premier of Anything Goes by Cole Porter
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1933: Repeal of Volstead Act ends prohibition

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appear in first of ten films. Billie Holiday’s recording debut (at age 18, with Benny Goodman) United States v. One Book Called Ulysses finds Joyce’s novel is not pornographic
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1932: New York’s Palace Theater converts to a cinema as Vaudeville dies

“Room in New York” by Edward Hopper “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” debuts, the first science fiction program on radio Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley The Dow Jones reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.2
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1931: Empire State Building completed

Cab Calloway’s orchestra replaces Duke Ellington’s at the Cotton Club Ziegfield Follies closes Al Capone indicted Pair-o-Dice, the first Las Vegas casino, opens for business
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