The 1930's

By: Taylor Frederick

The 1930's was a time of prosperity that included many influential events as well as fascinating people to help shape the world the way it is today.

Harry Richman (1895-1972)

Harry Richman was born in 1895 in Russia where both of his parents were Jews. Harry's birth name was Harold Reichman but he legally changed his name when he turned 18. By that time, Mr. Richman was a very talented and successful musical talent. He began his career being pianist for major singers in the 1920', but when the thirties came around, he was a star among himself. in 1930, Richmond was in a movie, "Puttin' On The Ritz" that he later made into a hit song. This won Richman a Phonograph award. This was very significant back then. He continued to do parts in movies and he was very talented. He wrote an autobiography about himself about 6 years before his death.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Salvador Dali was born in 1904 to his parents, Salvador Dali and Felipa Domenech Ferr├ęs, in Catalonia, Spain. He was named Salvador not because of his father, but his brother who had passed away 9 months earlier. Dali attended an art school when he was only 12 years old. He had his first art show at the age of 15. He went to a more advanced art institution in Madrid when he was just 17. The year before, Dali's mom died if cancer to which he said "was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her...". This may seem a little excessive but it shows how strong of a relationship Dali had with his mom. Dali graduated from the school after coming back from being expelled due to making other kids protest against the school. Dali wasn't just a painter, he also did sculptures, theatre, film, fashion, literature, and architecture. He was very talented and went about his work in a highly abnormal way. For one thing, he had a pet baboon he took on his expeditions with him. He had a bad reputation for doing rude and uncalled for.  Also, many believe that Dali would use illegal drugs to inspire his artwork. Dali died in 1989 due to heart failure.

Babe Ruth (1895-1948)

George Herman Ruth (known as Babe)was born on February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland to parents George and Kate Ruth. He was one of 8 children. Only Babe and one of his sisters survived the harsh conditions the family lived in. Their parents had long hour jobs so Babe was under little supervision and was always skipping school and getting into trouble. His parents discovered his troubles and sent him to an Industrial school. This is where Babe Ruth found his love for baseball. The Baltimore Orioles discovered his skills when he was only 19, and since they legally couldn't sign him to a contract, he made the Orioles owner, Jack Dunn, his legal guardian. He then signed the contract, and this is where he got the nickname "Babe". they called him Jack's new babe because of the contract. Babe is known for his amazing batting abilities, but many people don't know that Babe was  a great pitcher. He pitched for the Red Sox the first few years of his career and had an 18-8 record one year. On December 26, 1919, Babe was sold to the New York Yankees which would be a costly mistake for the Red Sox. When he became a Yankee, he  was a full time outfielder and took over the game of baseball. One season he hit 54 homeruns; the second placed man having only 19. Babe's play throughout his career was truly astonishing and incredible to watch. He was very cocky too. Babe would eat very heavy before games, and after games. Although Babe was overweight, he was  one of the greatest of all time. In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame was established and Babe was the first one of five inductees. Babe passed away in 1948 due to a cancerous tumor in his neck. Babe will always be remembered as one of the faces of baseball.

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