1936 (MCMXXXVI) in the Gregorian calendar was a leap year that began on a Wednesday.
January 18 - The University of Oslo's new buildings on Blindern are inaugurated.
January 20 - King George V of Great Britain dies. He is succeeded by Edward VIII.
January 24 - Albert Sarraut becomes Prime Minister of France.
February 5 - The film Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin premieres in the United States.
February 17 - The first Phantom strip is published in American newspapers.
February 25 - The British fighter HMS "Hunter" is launched.
March 5 - The prototype of the later famous fighter supermarine Spitfire flies for the first time.
March 7 - Germany invades the Rhineland, violating the Treaty of Versailles.
Exact date not known; Ullern VGS arranged the Ullernrevyen for the first time.
April 1 - Austria reintroduces military service.
April 3 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann is executed for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, the son of world-famous pilot Charles Lindbergh.
April 5 - A tornado kills 233 people in Tupelo, Mississippi.
April 6 - A major tornado hits Gainesville, Georgia, USA. 203 people die.
May 2 - Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie flees abroad.
May 4 -
A seaplane route between Bergen and Oslo is opened.
The national team for Norwegian Agricultural Clubs, later Norwegian 4H is founded.
May 5 - Italian forces occupy Addis Ababa, completing the occupation of Ethiopia.
May 9 - Italy annexes Ethiopia.
June 16 - Old-age pension law is passed. Everyone over the age of 70 now receives NOK 360 per year.
June 16 - The Sea Eagle accident: Norway's largest plane accident to date occurs as the passenger plane Havørn flies into a mountain wall in the Sognefjord. You perish.
June 18 - The IRA is declared illegal in the Irish Free State.
June 19 - The Workers' Protection Act and the Disability Act are passed.
June 26 - Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the world's first controllable helicopter, flies for the first time.
June 30 - Haile Selassie asks the League of Nations for help against Italy's invasion of Ethiopia.
July 16 - Law on primary and lower secondary education in town and country is adopted. The school will be 7 years old. In the countryside, teaching is henceforth up to 30 weeks a year, in the cities 38 weeks. Physical punishment is abolished.
July 18 - An officer uprising in Morocco begins the Spanish Civil War.
July 25 - Bolivar, known as Donald Duck's dog, was "born" on this date.
July 31 - Trollstigvegen is opened by King Haakon VII.
August 24 - Germany introduces two years of military service.
August 26 - Adolf Hitler presents a four-year plan, which, among other things, commands that the army must be "ready for action" within 4 years.
August 27 - The Norwegian Veterinary College in Oslo is inaugurated.
September 13 - A landslide in Loen requires 74 lives.
September 20 - The Norwegian Herring Sales Association is formed by merging the Great Herring Team and the Large and Spring Herring Team.
October 19 - The Conservatives first make progress with 6 representatives. The Peasants' Party loses five representatives. Johan Nygaardsvold's government remains in place.
November 2 - The BBC launches daily television broadcasts.
November 18 - Spanish Civil War: Nationalists proclaim General Francisco Franco head of state.
November 5 - Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected President of the United States.
November 6 - Spanish Civil War: Nationalists begin siege of Madrid.
November 18 - Spanish Civil War: Germany and Italy recognize Francisco Franco and his government.
November 25 - The Anti-Comintern Pact is concluded between Japan and Germany.
December 11 - King Edward VIII of Great Britain abdicates.
December 12 - Edward VIII is succeeded by King George VI.
December 19 - Leo Trotsky leaves Norway after receiving a renewed residence permit.
The last pouch floor dies in captivity at Hobart Zoo.
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