American Decades 1930-1939 (American Decades), 1st Edition by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli

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Franco's troops take Barcelona. 10 Feb. Pope Pius XI dies. 24 Feb. Hungary joins the Anti-Comintern pact. 27 Feb. Great Britain and France recognize Francisco Franco's regime as the government of Spain. 2 Mar. Papal diplomat Eugenio Pacelli becomes Pope Pius XII. 15 Mar. German troops occupy Bohemia and Moravia in violation of the 1938 Munich agreement. Hungary occupies Carpatho-Ukraine. Czechoslovakia ceases to exist. 18 Mar. Great Britain and France send envoys to the Soviet Union, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Turkey in an effort to form a military coalition against Germany.

Delmore Schwartz's first collection of poems, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, is published. 17 Jan. Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, along with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and members of their orchestras, give the first jazz performance in Carnegie Hall 25 Jan. Ian Hay's Bachelor Born opens at New York's Morosco Theater and runs for four hundred performances. 26 Jan. Paul Vincent Carroll's Shadow and Substance, starring Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood, and Julie Haydon, opens at New York's Golden Theater.

Shortly thereafter he joins the magazine's staff and becomes famous for his light verse. 24 Sept. The play Once in a Lifetime, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and starring Spring Byington, opens at New York's Music Box Theater and runs for 401 performances. 14 Oct. Girl Crazy, starring Ethel Merman, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Walter Donaldson and Ira Gershwin, opens at New York's Alvin Theater and runs for 272 performances. " 16 Oct. The Garrick Gaieties, starring Sterling Holloway, Rosalind Russell, and Imogene Coca, opens at New York's Guild Theater.

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