1929

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1929 was the 58th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.

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The Thomas Jefferson Hotel in 1949. Photo by A. C. Keily. courtesy BPL Archives

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"Cousin Cliff" Holman

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In 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred in Chicago. The Museum of Modern Art opened in New York City. In October, stocks on Wall Street crashed, beginning the Great Depression. In the Soviet Union, General Secretary Joseph Stalin expelled Leon Trotsky and adopted a policy of collectivization. The BBC broadcast a television transmission for the first time.

Wings won Best Picture at the first Academy Awards while Gold Diggers of Broadway, Sunnyside Up, The Cock-Eyed World, Welcome Danger, and The Desert Song were the top-grossing films. Warner Baxter and George Arliss took the Best Actor awards and Mary Pickford was Best Actress. Books published in 1929 included The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen, and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

Notable births in 1929 included composer Jerry Goldsmith, actress Audrey Hepburn, child diarist Anne Frank, First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, comedian Bob Newhart, golfer Arnold Palmer, journalist Barbara Walters, actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, and television entertainer Dick Clark. Notable deaths included gunfighter Wyatt Earp, actor William Russell, Time Magazine co-founder Briton Hadden, businessman and politician Asa Griggs Candler, automotive pioneer Karl Benz, Boy Scouts of America founder William D. Boyce, poet Edward Carpenter, painter Robert Henri, Chancellor of Germany Gustav Stresemann, publisher Harry Crosby, and blues musician Blind Lemon Jefferson.

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