World News, February 1936
Black Monday; The Day Berlin Shook
On Monday, February 4, 1936, the Berlin Stock Market stopped simply declining, it plunged. On one day, the market fell 38 points to 260, a drop of 12.8% It was a day of chaos, and its effects on the World's economy, especially in Eastern and Central Europe, China, South America will be disastrous.
The Battle of the Overpass
In Detroit, Michigan, Automotive Capital of the World, leaders of the United Auto Workers Walter Reuther and Richard Frankensteen called a general strike against the Ford Motor Company and begin which they called "Unionism, Not Fordism," demanding higher pay and less hours. At 2:00 PM today, a photographer from the Detroit Free Press asked to take a photo of the Leaders of the UAW standing on the overpass with the Ford sign in the background. While they were posing, 40 men with batons from the Ford's Service Department, an internal security force came from behind and began to beat them. The group then beat some of the beret-wearing women arriving to pass out leaflets.
This event has become another one of the unifying symbols of the American Socialist and Syndicalist movements. Already, a song has been written by Earl Robinson, memoralizing the day the Ford Motor Company put those union scum in their place, although the song was slanted the wrong way.
The Burning of the Head-Office
At 21:15 on the night of February 11, 1936, a Guilin fire station received an alarm call that the Head-Office, the assembly location of the Board of Directors, was ablaze. A Chinese Nationalist by the name of Lee-Hom Ren was arrested at the scene of the blaze two hours later. There was a warrant out for his arrest, and after three hours of enhanced interogation he confessed to the Arson and was shortly after executed.