January. As photographs arrived from the Test Match against
Australia in Adelaide, Aussies were outraged and Britons horrified.
For they showed the hideously bruised bodies of Australian batsmen
who had come up against a new, and ferocious, attack by the England
The so-called "Bodyline Tour" threatened to break all cricket
relations between the two countries, dominating the headlines
even in a Britain ravaged by the Depression and reports of new
Japanese savagery in Manchuria.
culprit (or hero, depending on your view) was England's Harold
Larwood who had developed a style of fast, short-pitched deliveries
on the leg side. His rising deliveries, aimed directly at the
body, not only took wickets but left the Australians battered
and bitter. Australian captain Billy Woodfull took one blow close
to the heart.
Outraged, the Australian Cricket Board of Control cabled the
MCC in London demanding an end to this dangerous practice.
March 1. Kidnappers climbed into the nursery of Charles
Lindbergh's 20-month-old son took him from his cot and left a
note on the windowsill demanding a $50,000 ransom. Lindbergh and
the the child's nanny made a frantic search of the New Jersey
mansion before he told his wife: "Anne, they have stolen our baby."
Few clues were left by the kidnappers. The illiterate ransom
note read: "We warn you for making anyding public...the child
is in gut care."
The event started the most intensive manhunt in history, with
100,000 officers and civilian volunteers searched along the Eastern
August 29. Adolf Hitler was reported to be under heavy
pressure to mount a putsch after his attempts to become German
Chancellor were frustrated by the Chancellor already in office,
Franz von Papen, and President von Hindenburg. The president lectured
Hitler on the street violence caused by his Nazi Storm Troopers.
Hitler maintained that he would only seek power by legal means.
May 10. The assassination of the French president, Paul
Doumer, left the country in a state of national shock. The president
had gone from the Elysee Palace to a charity event at the Rothschild
As he talked to author, Claude Farrere, a large man pushed through
the crowd, pulled out a revolver and started firing' crying: "This
is only the beginning." The assassin was disarmed and the president
rushed to hospital, but his wounds proved to be fatal. He died
14 hours after being admitted. The gunman was declared insane.
January 6. In India Congress leaders were rounded up
following the Government's declaration that the party's Working
Committee, often called "Gandhi's Cabinet", was illegal. Gandhi
himself had already been arrested but he had prepared himself
for jail. He went into prison with a pair of sandals, a mattress,
warm clothing and a portable spinning wheel. About 100 of his
colleagues were expected to join him.
January 2. Wolverhampton shopkeepers
invited personal friends. "in these hard times", to buy
their stock as an investment to help clear the shelves in
the January sales.
In West Bromwich a man who went to help at the scene of an
accident between a car and a horse and cart was killed when
a passing motorcyclist hit him.
January 20. In Wolverhampton women
packed the Windsor Room at Reynold's Cafe to hear a local
solicitor talk to the National Council of Women on divorce
in the country.
In Walsall a greyhound protest meeting condemned plans to
turn Fellows Park into a racing track because it would be
"detrimental to the social, domestic and moral interests of
February 12. A bill to improve youth
courts, was put forward in London, included the banning
of whipping of under 14-year-olds.
February 24. In the United States
Malcolm Campbell beat his own land speed record at Daytona
March 4. In Wolverhampton firefighters
battled for eight hours with a blaze which practically destroyed
the Wearwell Cycle Company in Colliery Road in a 10,000 fire.
April 4. Scientists in Pittsburgh,
USA, isolated Vitamin C.
June 18. An attempt to assassinate
Mussolini in Rome resulted in two men being executed.
July 5. At London Bridge station
the first main-line electric express train ran to Three
Bridges in Sussex.
July 8. In Britain a rector from
Stiffkey was found guilty of "disreputable association with