April 26. The Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
were married at Westminster Abbey.
She was said to be smiling nervously as she left her family's
London home for the wedding and there had been much media speculation
about her dress. What
no-one could have guessed was that the shy, retiring Duke with
an embarrassing stutter, would become king, following the 1936
Abdication Crisis, and his bride would become, as Queen Elizabeth
the Queen Mother, Britain's best-loved granny.
April 28. A policeman on a lone white horse was the unexpected
hero of the first FA Cup final to be played at the newly-opened
Wembley Stadium. A huge crowd turned up with 126,047 the official
attendance, but another 70,000 were thought to have squeezed in.
Only the action of the mounted police enabled the match between
West Ham and Bolton to go ahead.
November 12. Adolf Hitler led a group of men into a beerkeller
in Munich, leaped on to a table, fired a shot into the air and
declared: "The national revolution has begun." His newly-formed
National Socialist (Nazi) party demanded a dictatorship to run
Germany. Although few took him seriously at the time, his brand
of fascism was gaining widespread support in a Germany reeling
under the burden of multi-million-dollar reparations for the First
April 14. In Houston, Texas, a couple danced continuously
for more than 40 hours. No-one knew where the marathon-dancing
craze began, but the lure was prize money. All over the United
States, would-be winners were collapsing on the dance floor. In
Baltimore police stopped one marathon that had been going on for
May 8. At Bath, cricketer Jack Hobbs became only the
third player ever to knock up 100 centuries. Only the legendary
W. G. Grace and Tom Hayward had previously achieved this feat.
Staffordshire Infirmary, facing a deficit of 2,000, appealed
for donations from local companies.
A report proposed increasing the pay of Wolverhampton's town
clerk. He was on 1,000 a year, only 50 more than his predecessor,
18 years earlier.
New telephone exchanges were planned for Wombourne and Brewood
while the Wolverhampton to Birmingham phone service was
being improved by means of a new underground cable.
Magistrates imposed a 4 fine on the landlord of the Foxyards
Inn, Coseley, for "permitting drunkenness on his premises."
The case followed a fatal punch-up and a manslaughter conviction.
Bus driver John Ellis of Lichfield retired, aged 71. He
had covered 339,000 miles in his 56-year career, but never
seen the sea.