The Golden Gate Bridge was completed.
Aviator Amelia Earhart and copilot Fred Noonan disappeared while attempting to fly around the world. At about the time they were reported missing in the mid-Pacific, a plaque that had been dedicated to Earhart at the Honolulu airport broke free from its concrete base and fell on its face.
36 died when the transatlantic dirigible Hindenburg exploded into flames as it approached its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Radio commentator Herb Morrison was later fired for being too emotional when he reported the catastrophe. The accident marked the end of zeppelin transport.
300 persons drowned in severe flooding along the Allegheny, Ohio and Mississippi river basins.
The Yankees' Joe DiMaggio became a superstar when he hit .347.
Benny Goodman was labeled "the king of swing" as his "boogie woogie big band sound" became the rage among teenagers.
Popular songs included Whistle While You Work (from Disney's Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs), Nice Work If You Can Get It, Bei Mir Bist Du Schön and September In The Rain.