Parker Brothers bought the patent for Monopoly in 1935 from inventor Elizabeth Magie. Magie had patented two forms of the game. The first patent, Monopoly I, was filed in 1904. That patent expired in 1921, so she filed a second patent (Monopoly II) in 1924. Magie sold the game, originally called The Landlord’s Game, to Parker Brothers for $500.00. Today Hasbro owns the rights to the game. Children could learn about Elizabeth Magie at: Elizabeth Magie.
China Clipper, a “flying boat,” left San Francisco, California, and arrived in Manila about sixty hours later. The route it took included stops at Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Guam. This 1935 flight started the first trans-Pacific mail delivery system. An interesting fact is that the plane’s navigator was Fred Noonan. He was Amelia Earhart’s navigator when they both disappeared somewhere in the Pacific in 1937.
First night baseball game was played in the major leagues. The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies in 1935. Over 20,000 baseball fans attended the game in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Big Bend National Park was established in 1935. The Texas park, encompassing over 800,000 acres, is located in the northern portion of the Chihuahuan Desert. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. However, temperatures can be extremely low in winter. Children can visit a website at: http://www.nps.gov/bibe.
Paperback books were sold for the first time in 1935. Penguin Books sold three million paperbacks in Great Britain alone that year.
Social Security Act was approved by Congress in 1935. Idea: Children could learn more about Social Security and how it obtains its funds. Older children can learn more at: Social Security.