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1936 was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1936th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 936th year of the 2nd millennium, the 36th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1930s decade.
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- January 4 – England celebrates its first ever win over the All Blacks in rugby union, in particular the two famous tries by "The Prince" HH Alexander Obolensky.
- January 11 – I Wanna Play House marks the first Warner Bros. cartoon with "target"
- January 15 – The first building to be completely covered in glass is completed in Toledo, Ohio, for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.
- January 16 – Serial killer Albert Fish is executed in Sing Sing Prison.
- January 20 – King George V of the United Kingdom dies. His eldest son succeeds to the throne, becoming Edward VIII. The title Prince of Wales is not used for another 22 years.
- January 31 – The Green Hornet radio show debuts.
- February – John Maynard Keynes' book The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money is published in the UK.
- February 4 – Radium E (bismuth-210) becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
- February 5 – Japanese Baseball League, a first professional baseball league in Asia, founded. (as predecessor of Nippon Professional Baseball)
- February 6 – The IV Olympic Winter Games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
- February 10–19 – Second Italo-Ethiopian War: Battle of Amba Aradam in Ethiopia, ending in a decisive tactical victory for Italian forces, effectively neutralizing the army of the Ethiopian Empire.
- February 17 – The first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in U.S. newspapers.
- February 26 – February 26 Incident (二・二六事件, Niniroku Jiken): The Imperial Way Faction engineers a failed coup against the Japanese government; some politicians are killed.
- February 29 – Emperor Hirohito orders the Japanese army to arrest 123 conspirators in Tokyo government offices; 19 of them are executed in July.
- March 1 – Construction of Hoover Dam is completed in the United States.
- March 7 – In violation of the Treaty of Versailles and Locarno Treaties, Nazi Germany reoccupies the Rhineland. According to several historians, like Samuel Mitcham, this is the last time when the Allies could have stopped Hitler with the odds overwhelmingly on their side. Hitler and other Nazis admit that the French army alone could have destroyed the Wehrmacht.
- March 9 – Pro-democratic militarist Keisuke Okada steps down as Prime Minister of Japan and is replaced by radical militarist Kōki Hirota.
- March 17–18 – Pittsburgh Flood of 1936 ("Saint Patrick's Day Flood"): Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suffers the worst flooding in its history.
- March 26 – The longest game in the history of the National Hockey League is played when the Montreal Maroons and Detroit Red Wings go scoreless until 16 and a half minutes into the sixth OT when Mud Bruneteau ends it at 2:25 in the morning.
- April 3 – Richard Hauptmann, convicted of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder in 1932, is executed by electrocution in New Jersey State Prison.
- April 5 – A tornado hits Tupelo, Mississippi, killing 216 and injuring over 700 (the 4th deadliest tornado in U.S. history).
- April 6 – Two tornadoes strike Gainesville, Georgia. The smaller tornado hits north Gainesville, the stronger tornado the west side of town. 203 die and 1,600 are injured in the 5th deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
- April 11 – Billy Butlin opens his first Butlins holiday camp, Butlins Skegness, in Skegness (Ingoldmells), Lincolnshire, England. It is officially opened by Amy Johnson of Hull (the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia).
- April 15 – The Tulkarm shooting begins the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine against the British government and opposition to Jewish immigration.
- May 2 – Peter and the Wolf, a Russian fairy tale of Sergei Prokofiev's composition, debuts at the Nezlobin Theater in Moscow, Soviet Union.
- May 5 – "March of the Iron Will": Italian forces occupy Addis Ababa unopposed.
- May 7 – Italy annexes Ethiopia.
- May 9 – Italian East Africa is formed from the Italian territories of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Italian Somaliland.
- May 12 – The Santa Fe railroad in the United States inaugurates the all-Pullman Super Chief passenger train between Chicago and Los Angeles.
- May 25 – The Remington Rand strike of 1936–37 begins, spawning the notorious "Mohawk Valley formula", a corporate plan for strikebreaking.
- May 27
- May 28 – Alan Turing submits his paper "On Computable Numbers" to the London Mathematical Society for publication, introducing the concept of the "Turing machine". Its formal publication is on November 12.
- June 7
- June 10 – Margaret Mitchell's epic historical romance Gone with the Wind is first published in the United States.
- June 15 – An army ammunition depot explosion kills 60 in Männiku, Estonia.
- June 19 – Max Schmeling knocks out Joe Louis in the 12th round of their heavyweight boxing match at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
- June 19 – Per Albin Hansson resigns as Prime Minister of Sweden, over the issue of defence policy. He is replaced by the leader of the Farmer`s League ( Bondeförbundet ) Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp, whom also becomes Minister of Agriculture.
- June 26 – Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first fully controllable helicopter, makes its maiden flight.
- June 29 – United States Maritime Commission is formed.
- July 11 – The Triborough Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic – the bridge was renamed Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in 2008.
- July 13 – 14 – Peak of July 1936 heat wave: The U.S. states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana all set new state records for high temperature. At Mio in northern Michigan, it soars to 113 °F (45 °C).
- July 17 – The Spanish Army of Africa launches a coup d'état against the Second Spanish Republic, beginning the Spanish Civil War.
- July 20 – Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits is signed in Montreux, allowing Turkey to fortify the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus but guaranteeing free passage to ships of all nations in peacetime.
- August 1 – The 1936 Summer Olympics open in Berlin, Germany, and mark the first live television coverage of a sports event in world history. Note that John Logie Baird had previously broadcast the Derby horse race in Britain in 1931.
- August 3 – African-American athlete Jesse Owens wins the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics.
- August 14
- August 19 – The first of the Moscow Trials begins in the Soviet Union.
- August 26 – Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 is signed.
- August 30
- September 4–5 – English-born aviator Beryl Markham becomes the first woman to make an East-to-West solo transatlantic flight, from Abingdon-on-Thames, England, to Baleine, Nova Scotia.
- September 5 – Spanish Civil War: Robert Capa's photograph The Falling Soldier is taken.
- September 7 – The last known thylacine ("Tasmanian tiger"), named Benjamin, dies in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.
- September 9
- 1936 Naval Revolt (Portugal): The crews of Portuguese Navy frigate NRP Afonso de Albuquerque and destroyer Dão mutiny while anchored in Lisbon harbour. Opposed to the Salazar dictatorship's support of General Franco's coup in Spain, they declare their solidarity with the Spanish Republic.
- The Franco-Syrian Treaty of Independence is signed.
- September 10 – The first World Speedway Championship is held at Wembley Stadium in London, England. It is won by Australian Lionel Van Praag, with Englishman Eric Langton second and Australian Bluey Wilkinson third.
- September 12 – The Walt Disney animated short Donald and Pluto is released.
- September 14 - Raoul Villain, who assassinated the French Socialist Jean Jaures, is himself killed by Spanish Republicans in Ibiza
- September 28 – After the election to the Swedish Riksdag`s second chamber, Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp and his "Holiday Cabinet" ( "Semesterregeringen" ) resign (though he remains as Minister of Agriculture) and Per Albin Hansson returns as Prime Minister, staying in office to his death from a heart attack in 1946.
- October – Start of Joseph Stalin's Great Purge in the Soviet Union.
- October 11 – Earl Bascom, rodeo cowboy and artist, designs and builds Mississippi's first permanent rodeo arena at Columbia, Mississippi.
- October 19 – H.R. Ekins, reporter for the New York World-Telegram, wins a race to travel around the world on commercial airline flights, beating Dorothy Kilgallen of the New York Journal and Leo Kieran of the New York Times. The flight takes 18½ days.
- October 25 – Rome-Berlin Axis is formed.
- October 29 – The historic Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.) opens.
- November 2
- November 3 – U.S. presidential election, 1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt is reelected to a second term in a landslide victory over Kansas Governor Alf Landon. Farmers support Roosevelt.
- November 9 – American fashion designer Ruth Harkness encounters and captures a nine-week-old panda cub in Sichuan, China; it becomes the first live giant panda to enter the United States.
- November 12 – In California, the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.
- November 20 – A levee failure and continued massive rain at the Mitsubishi Osarizawa mine, Kazuno, northeastern Akita, Japan, results in at least 375 deaths.
- November 23 – This is the cover date of the first issue of Life, a weekly news magazine in the United States under the management of Henry Luce.
- November 25 – The Anti-Comintern Pact is signed by Germany and Japan.
- November 30 – In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed in a fire (it had been built for the 1851 Great Exhibition).
- December 1 – Hitler mandates that all German boys aged 10 to 18 join the Hitler Youth paramilitary organization.
- December 3 – Radio station WQXR is officially founded in New York City.
- December 5 – 1936 Soviet Constitution, promulgated by Stalin, is adopted in the Soviet Union. The Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic is dissolved and Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia become full Republics of the Soviet Union.
- December 10 – Edward VIII abdication crisis: King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom signs an instrument of abdication at Fort Belvedere, Surrey in the presence of his three brothers, The Duke of York, The Duke of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent.
- December 11 – Edward VIII abdication crisis:
- The British Parliament passes His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 on behalf of the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The King performs his last act as sovereign by giving Royal Assent to the Act, and his brother Prince Albert, Duke of York, becomes King, reigning as King George VI.
- The abdicated King Edward VIII, now HRH Prince Edward, makes a broadcast to the nation explaining his decision to abdicate. He leaves the country for Austria.
- Taking the opportunity to free itself further from ties to the United Kingdom, the Oireachtas of the Irish Free State passes the Constitution (Amendment No. 27) Act 1936, removing most powers from the office of Governor-General of the Irish Free State, and the Executive Authority (External Relations) Act 1936 (signed into law December 12) assenting to the abdication and restricting the power of the monarch in relation to Ireland to international affairs.
- December 12 – Xi'an Incident: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek of the Republic of China is kidnapped by Marshal Zhang Xueliang.
- December 23 - Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
- December 24 – Release of the film Natalka Poltavka in Ukraine, the first filmed Russian opera.
- December 26 – The Abraham Lincoln Brigade sails from New York City on its way to the Spanish Civil War.
- December 30 – The United Auto Workers begins the Flint Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Michigan.
- West China Famine: five million die.
- Ipswich Town Football Club turns professional.
- The YMCA Youth and Government program is founded in Albany, New York.
- Mordecai Ham begins his radio ministry.
- Stress is first recognised as a medical condition.
- Polaroid sunglasses and Ambre Solaire sunblock both first marketed.
- Cocoa production in the Gold Coast reaches 305,000 tons.
- January 2 – Roger Miller, American singer (d. 1992)
- January 5 – Florence King, American writer (d. 2016)
- January 6
- January 10
- January 11 – Eva Hesse, American artist (d. 1970)
- January 12
- January 14 – Reiner Klimke, German equestrian (d. 1999)
- January 19 – Ziaur Rahman, 7th President of Bangladesh (d. 1981)
- January 20 – The Honourable Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Princess Diana (d. 2004)
- January 22 – Ong Teng Cheong, 5th President of Singapore (d. 2002)
- January 23
- January 27
- January 28
- January 29
- February 3
- February 4
- February 6
- February 8 – Larry Verne, American singer and songwriter (d. 2013)
- February 9
- February 11 – Burt Reynolds, American actor
- February 12 – Shawkat Ali, Bangladeshi writer (d. 2018)
- February 14
- February 17 – Jim Brown, African-American football player
- February 19 – Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
- February 20
- February 22 – Elizabeth MacRae, American actress
- February 24
- February 27 – Roger Cardinal Mahony, fourth Archbishop of Los Angeles
- February 29 – Alex Rocco, American actor (d. 2015)
- March 2 – Alan Scott, blacksmith and brick oven constructor (d. 2009)
- March 4
- March 5
- March 6
- March 7
- March 8 – Sue Ane Langdon, American actress
- March 9
- March 10 – Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA
- March 11 – Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 2016)
- March 12 – William Foege, American physician and epidemiologist
- March 15 – Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (d. 1986)
- March 16
- March 17 – Patty Maloney, American actress
- March 18 – F. W. de Klerk, 10th President of South Africa (1989–94); 7th and last head of state of South Africa under the apartheid era.
- March 19
- March 20 – Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican musician
- March 24 – Don Covay, American singer and songwriter (d. 2015)
- March 26 – Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (d. 2009)
- March 27 – Banwari Lal Joshi, Indian politician (d. 2017)
- March 28 – Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist and Nobel Prize laureate
- March 31 – Marge Piercy, American poet and activist
- April 1 – Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, 2-time President of Switzerland (d. 1998)
- April 3 – Louie Beltran, Filipino colmunist (b. 1994)
- April 9
- April 10
- April 12 – Charles Napier, American actor (d. 2011)
- April 15 – Pen Sovan, Cambodian politician (d. 2016)
- April 17 – Jiří Grygar, Czech astronomer
- April 20 – Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz (d. 1989)
- April 21 – James Dobson, American child psychologist and conservative political activist (Focus On The Family)
- April 22
- April 23 – Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter (d. 1988)
- April 24
- April 28 – Tariq Aziz, Iraqi political (d. 2015)
- May 1 – Danièle Huillet, French filmmaker (d. 2006)
- May 2
- May 7 – Jimmy Ruffin, American singer (d. 2014)
- May 9
- May 12
- May 14
- May 15
- May 17 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)
- May 20 – Antanas Vaupšas, Lithuanian athlete (d. 2017)
- May 21 – Günter Blobel, Polish-American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2018)
- May 23 – Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer
- May 25 – Tom T. Hall, American country singer
- June 2 – Volodymyr Holubnychy, Soviet Olympic athlete
- June 3 – Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby union player (d. 2017)
- June 4 – Bruce Dern, American actor
- June 8 – James Darren, American actor and singer
- June 12 – Marcus Belgrave, American jazz trumpeter (d. 2015)
- June 17 – Ken Loach, British director
- June 18
- June 19 – Takeshi Aono, Japanese voice actor (d. 2012)
- June 20 – Harold E. Puthoff, American physicist
- June 21
- June 22
- Hermeto Pascoal, Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist
- Derek Porter, English footballer
- Dick Huddart, English-Australian professional rugby league footballer
- Ferran Olivella, Spanish footballer
- Jim Bronstad, American Major League Baseball player
- Kris Kristofferson, American actor, singer-songwriter
- June 23
- June 24
- June 25
- June 26
- June 27
- June 28
- June 29
- June 30
- July 1
- July 2
- July 5 – Shirley Knight, American actress
- July 7
- July 8
- July 9
- July 10
- July 11 – John Stride, English actor
- July 14
- July 15 – George Voinovich, American politician; United States Senator (R-OH) (d. 2016)
- July 16
- July 18 – Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player
- July 20 – Barbara Mikulski, American politician; U.S. Senate (D-Md.)
- July 22 – Klaus Bresser, German journalist and television presenter
- July 23
- Don Drysdale, American baseball player (d. 1993)
- Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- July 24
- July 26 – Mary Millar, British actress and singer (d. 1998)
- July 28 – Russ Jackson, Canadian football player
- July 29 – Elizabeth Dole, American politician, U.S. Senator (R-Nc.)
- July 30
- July 31 – James R. Jordan Sr., father of basketball superstar Michael Jordan (d. 1993)
- August 1
- August 6 – Robert Gnaizda, lawyer and social justice advocate
- August 11 – Andre Dubus, American short-story writer (d. 1999)
- August 12
- August 17 – Margaret Hamilton, American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner
- August 18 – Robert Redford, American actor and film director
- August 21
- Wilt Chamberlain, African-American basketball player (d. 1999)
- Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia, (d. 2008)
- August 23 – Rudy Lewis, American rhythm and blues singer (d. 1964)
- August 24 – Kenny Guinn, American politician (d. 2010)
- August 25 – Giridharilal Kedia, Former Working President of KVK (d. 2009)
- August 26 – Benedict Anderson, American academic (d. 2015)
- August 27 – Lien Chan, politician in Taiwan
- August 29 – John McCain, Panamanian-born American politician, U.S. Senator (R-Az.) since 1986, and 2008 Republican Presidential nominee
- August 31 – Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist (d. 2018)
- September 2
- September 3 – Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia
- September 4 – Kamuta Latasi, 4th Prime Minister of Tuvalu
- September 5 – Bill Mazeroski, American baseball player
- September 7
- September 10 – Michael Hartshorn, British-New Zealand organic chemist (d. 2017)
- September 11 – Charles Dierkop, American actor
- September 14 – Walter Koenig, American actor, better known for his role in Star Trek: The Original Series.
- September 19
- September 20 – Salvador Reyes Monteón, Mexican football player (d. 2012)
- September 21 – Yury Luzhkov, mayor of Moscow
- September 23 – Valentín Paniagua, President of Perú (d. 2006)
- September 24 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer, filmmaker, and television producer (d. 1990)
- September 25
- September 26 – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 2018)
- September 27
- September 29 – Silvio Berlusconi, 50th Prime Minister of Italy, media entrepreneur
- October 1
- October 3 – Steve Reich, American composer
- October 5 – Václav Havel, Czech playwright, writer and politician, 10th President of Czechoslovakia and 1st President of the Czech Republic (d. 2011)
- October 7
- October 8
- October 9 – Brian Blessed, English actor
- October 10 – Gerhard Ertl, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- October 11 – Larry Staverman, American professional basketball player and coach (d. 2007)
- October 13 – Christine Nöstlinger, Austrian writer
- October 14 – Carrie Nye, American actress (d. 2006)
- October 17 – Dolores Mantez, British actress (d. 2012)
- October 19
- October 24
- October 25
- October 26
- October 29 – Akiko Kojima, Japanese model
- October 30 – Polina Astakhova, Soviet artistic gymnast (d. 2005)
- October 31 – Michael Landon, American actor and director (d. 1991)
- November 2 – Rose Bird, American judge (d. 1999)
- November 3 – Roy Emerson, Australian tennis player
- November 4 – C. K. Williams, American poet
- November 5
- November 8 – Virna Lisi, Italian actress (d. 2014)
- November 9 – Teddy Infuhr, American child actor (d. 2007)
- November 11 – Susan Kohner, American actress
- November 15 – Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and former East German dissident
- November 17 – Lazarus Salii, 3rd President of Palau (d. 1988)
- November 19 – Dick Cavett, American talk show host and television personality
- November 20 – Don DeLillo, American author
- November 23
- November 27 – Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (d. 2005)
- December 5 – James Lee Burke, American writer
- December 6 – Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist
- December 8
- December 10 – Minoru Murayama, Japanese baseball pitcher (d. 1998)
- December 11 – Tom Fuccello, American actor (d. 1993)
- December 12 – Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (d. 2016)
- December 15 – Donald Goines, American novelist (d. 1973)
- December 17
- December 20 – Niki Bettendorf, Luxembourgian politician (d. 2018)
- December 22
- December 23 – James Stacy, American actor (d. 2016)
- December 25 – Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, British aristocrat and socialite; youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary
- December 29 – Mary Tyler Moore, American actress, producer, diabetes awareness activist (d. 2017)
- December 31
- January 1 – Harry B. Smith, American composer (b. 1860)
- January 4 – James Churchward, British writer (b. 1851)
- January 5 – Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Spanish writer (b. 1866)
- January 6 – Louise Bryant, American journalist (b. 1885)
- January 9 – John Gilbert, American actor (b. 1899)
- January 15
- January 16 – Albert Fish, American serial killer (b. 1870)
- January 18 – Rudyard Kipling, British writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
- January 20 – King George V of the United Kingdom (b. 1865)
- January 23 – John Mills, Jr., "Mills Brothers" basso and guitarist (b. 1911)
- January 24
- January 28 – Richard Loeb, American murderer (b. 1905)
- February 3 – Princess Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, consort of William of Wied, Prince of Albania (b.1885)
- February 4 – Wilhelm Gustloff, German leader of the Swiss Nazi Party (b. 1895)
- February 8 – Charles Curtis, 31st Vice President of the United States (b. 1860)
- February 19 – Billy Mitchell, American general and military aviation pioneer (b. 1879)
- February 20 – Georges Vacher de Lapouge, French anthropologist (b. 1854)
- February 23 – William Adamson, British Labour politician (b. 1863)
- February 26 – in the "February 26 Incident":
- February 27
- February 28 – Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
- March 11 – David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, British admiral (b. 1871)
- March 13 – Francis Bell, 20th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1851)
- March 16
- March 18 – Eleftherios Venizelos, Greek Statesman, several times Prime Minister (b. 1864)
- March 21 – Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer and conductor (b. 1865)
- March 23 – Oscar Asche, Australian actor (b. 1871)
- March 28 – Archibald Garrod, English physician (b. 1857)
- April 2 – Alberico Albricci, Italian general (b. 1864)
- April 3 – Bruno Richard Hauptmann, German killer of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (executed) (b. 1899)
- April 6 – Edmund Breese, American actor (b. 1871)
- April 7 – Marilyn Miller, American actress (b. 1898)
- April 8 – Róbert Bárány, Austrian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1876)
- April 18 – Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer, musicologist, and conductor (b. 1879)
- April 23 – Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (b. 1889)
- April 26 – Tammany Young, American actor (b. 1886)
- April 28 – Fuad I of Egypt, King of Egypt (b. 1868)
- April 30 – Alfred Edward Housman, English poet (b. 1859)
- May 2 – Ivan Alexandrov, Russian engineer (b. 1875)
- May 4 – Ludwig von Falkenhausen, German general (b. 1844)
- May 8 – Oswald Spengler, German philosopher (b. 1880)
- May 14 – Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, British soldier and administrator (b. 1861)
- May 16 – Leonidas Paraskevopoulos, Greek general and senator (b. 1860)
- May 17 – Panagis Tsaldaris, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1868)
- May 20 – Elmer Fowler Stone, American aviator, the first United States Coast Guard aviator (b. 1887)
- May 29 – Norman Chaney, American actor (b. 1914)
- June 3 – Walther Wever, German general and Luftwaffe commander (b. 1887)
- June 11 – Robert E. Howard, American author (suicide) (b. 1906)
- June 12 – Karl Krays, Austrian writer and journalist, (b. 1874)
- June 14 – G. K. Chesterton, English author (b. 1874)
- June 17 – Henry B. Walthall, American actor (b. 1878)
- June 18 – Maxim Gorky, Russian writer (b. 1868)
- June 19 – William Hall-Jones, English-New Zealand politician, 16th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1851)
- June 22
- June 25 – Colin Clive, American actor (b. 1900)
- June 28 – Alexander Berkman, Russian anarchist (b. 1870)
- June 29 – János Szlepecz, Slovene priest and writer (b. 1872)
- July 1 – Hovhannes Abelian, Armenian actor (b. 1865)
- July 8 – Thomas Meighan, American actor (b. 1879)
- July 11 – James Murray, American actor (b. 1901)
- July 12 – Auguste Adib Pacha, 2-Time Prime Minister of Lebanon (b. 1860)
- July 13 – José Calvo Sotelo, Spanish politician (b. 1893)
- July 16 – Alan Crosland, American film director (b. 1894)
- July 20 – José Sanjurjo, Spanish general (b. 1872)
- July 24 – Georg Michaelis, 6th Chancellor of Germany (b. 1857)
- July 25 – Heinrich Rickert, German philosopher (b. 1863)
- August 1 – Louis Blériot, French aviation pioneer (b. 1872)
- August 9 – Lincoln Steffens, American journalist (b. 1866)
- August 12
- August 15 – Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1871)
- August 19
- August 22 – José María Hinojosa, Spanish poet (assassinated) (b. 1904)
- August 23 – Julio Ruiz de Alda, Spanish aviator and Falangist politician (executed) (b. 1897)
- August 25
- September 6 – Víctor Pradera Larumbe, Spanish political theorist (executed) (b. 1872)
- September 7 – Kenneth Robert Balfour, British Conservative Party politician (b. 1863)
- September 14 – Irving Thalberg, American film producer (b. 1899)
- September 16 – Karl Buresch, 9th Chancellor of Austria (b. 1878)
- September 17 – Henri Louis Le Chatelier, French chemist (Le Chatelier's principle) (b. 1850)
- September 19 – Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musician (b. 1860)
- September 21
- September 24 – József Klekl, Slovene writer and journalist (b. 1879)
- September 25 – William Sims, American admiral (b. 1858)
- September 30 – Friedrich Sixt von Armin, German general (b. 1851)
- October 2 – Juho Sunila, 2-Time Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1875)
- October 3 – John Heisman, American football coach (b. 1869)
- October 6 – Gyula Gömbös, 30th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1886)
- October 8
- October 19 – Lu Xun, a leading figure of modern Chinese literature (b. 1881)
- October 20 – Anne Sullivan, American teacher of Helen Keller (b. 1866)
- October 26 – Rodney Heath, Australian tennis player (b. 1884)
- October 29 – Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer (b. 1875)
- November 2 – Martin Lowry, English physical chemist (b. 1874)
- November 7 – Chic Sale, American vaudevillian (b. 1885)
- November 17
- November 20
- November 25 – Andrew Harper, Scottish–Australian biblical scholar and teacher (b. 1844)
- November 27 – Edward Bach, British physician, homeopath and bacteriologist (b. 1886)
- December 7 – Jean Mermoz, French aviator (b. 1901)
- December 9
- December 10
- December 11 – Myron Grimshaw, American baseball player (b. 1875)
- December 18 – Leonardo Torres y Quevedo, Spanish engineer and mathematician (b. 1852)
- December 23 – William Henry Harrison, English cricketer (b. 1866)
- December 24 – Irene Fenwick, American actress (b. 1887)
- December 25 – Carl Stumpf, German philosopher and psychologist (b. 1848)
- December 27 – Hans von Seeckt, German general (b. 1866)
- December 29 – Lucy, Lady Houston, British philanthropist (b. 1857)
- December 31 – Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish writer (b. 1864)
- Physics – Victor F. Hess, Carl D. Anderson
- Chemistry – Petrus (Peter) Josephus Wilhelmus Debye
- Physiology or Medicine – Sir Henry Hallett Dale, Otto Loewi
- Literature – Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
- Peace – Carlos Saavedra Lamas
- Davies, R. W. (2014). The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, Volume 6: The Years of Progress: The Soviet Economy, 1934-1936. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 275.
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