Timeline: 1933-1934

BEFORE

1933

  • January 7 (Saturday). On his 17th birthday, Harry Smith Jr.'s father takes him to a Mexican prostitute, who takes his virginity.1
  • January 30 (Monday). Adolf Hitler is installed as Chancellor of Germany.2
  • February 17 (Friday). After a long courtship, Blondie Boopadoop (22) and Dagwood Bumstead (23) finally marry.3
  • February 21 (Tuesday). Kellogg's Company hires the triplet Keeblers Snap, Crackle, and Pop (all 85) as mascots for its Rice Krispies cereal.
  • March 4 (Saturday). Franklin Roosevelt (51) is sworn in as thirty-second President of the United States.4
  • The chained gorilla-like kaiju, King Kong, escapes his captivity, and runs amok in New York City. He abducts the human woman Ann Darrow, and scales the Empire State Building. At its top, he is shot at by several airplanes. Destroying one, he eventually succumbs to his wounds, and plummets to the ground below, where he dies, with Darrow at his side.5
  • July 24 (Tuesday). A newborn baby is left at the doorstep of Popeye the Sailor. He dubs the child Swee'pea, and decides to take him in as his own son.
  • Atticus Finch, a white Alabaman lawyer, is assigned as defender of Tom Robinson, a local black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.6
  • August 4 (Friday). When Betty Boop sees an evacuation by various forest animals, she follows their backtrail to meet the Old Man of the Mountain, who tries to rape her. The animals stop him.7
  • August 17 (Thursday). Popeye formally names Swee'pea Scooner Georgia Washenting Christiffer Columbia Daniel Boom.
  • Millionaire Oliver Warbucks (52) decides to adopt a child, and takes in orphan girl Annie Smith (11). He and his secretary, Grace Farrell, are enraptured by the girl, who brings along her new dog Sandy, and together they impress President Franklin Roosevelt and stop Bolsheviks and Annie's evil orphanage mistress.
  • September 29. Popeye arrives in a seaside Mexican town, where Olive Oyl has taken up a job dancing in a bar. While there, Bluto Brutus comes to assault Olive, but she and Popeye beat him up.8
  • The orphan bear Kit (11) joins Don Karnage's air pirates. Kit takes on the last name "Cloudkicker".
  • December 10-12 (Sunday-Tuesday). Popeye encounters his old nemesis, the Sea Hag, finding her having enslaved the Goons of Goon Island. He helps the female Goon Alice (47) liberate them. Alice returns to Sweethaven with Popeye.
  • December 17-20 (Sunday-Wednesday). Having completed a successful case in Syria, international detective Hercule Poirot (61) travels to Istanbul. Shortly after arrival, Poirot receives a message from London asking for his immediate assistance there. He books a ride of the Orient Express train to Paris. A man named Samuel Ratchett also comes aboard, and learning of Poirot's fame as a detective, asks him to work as a bodyguard. Poirot rejects the request. In the middle of the night on Poirot's second evening aboard the Orient Express, Ratchett is murdered; stabbed twelve times. Hercule Poirot agrees to conduct the investigation, which is hampered by the train being stuck in Yugoslavia by snow. Poirot interviews each of the passengers on the first class car, and finds a confusing scenario where everyone seems to have an alibi. Poirot discovers many inconsistencies, and eventually puts the entire plot together. Thirteen people conspired to murder Ratchett (whose real name is Cassetti), who is revealed to be the ringleader in the kidnapping and murder of the child Daisy Armstrong three years prior, that led to the deaths of Daisy's parents and the suicide of the child's nursemaid. The thirteen conspirators were all closely connected to the Armstrong family, and plotted Ratchett's death so they could each (save one) in turn stab him as a sort-of makeshift jury, as he had escaped justice. The conspirators confess, but Poirot offers an alternative explanation for the murder: a lone perpetrator who escaped at an earlier point in the journey.9

1934

  • January 7 (Sunday). When the planet Mongo creates atmospheric disturbances that threaten Earth, insane rocket scientist Hans Zarkov (44) abducts sports star Steven "Flash" Gordon (25) and aspiring journalist/travel agent Dale Arden (24), from a commercial airplane, forcing them to accompany him on his experimental rocket. The ship crashes, and Zarkov is believed killed. Captured by the Mongo emperor Ming the Merciless's (50) forces, Flash and Dale manage to escape after harrowing adventures.11
  • The Doctor (seventh incarnation), Ace McShane (34), and Hex Schofield (25) visit Alaska, and encounter a mental hospital with a dark secret, that their only real patient is an alien sleeper agent struggling to maintain his humanity. Sadly, he dies stopping his own people.12
  • April 7 (Saturday). Smokey Bear (1) is orphaned during a forest wildfire.
  • April 22 (Sunday). Flash Gordon and Dale Arden are reunited with Professor Hans Zarkov, who has come to his senses, and becomes their ally. They soon meet King Vultan (43) of the Hawk Men of Mongo.13
  • May 12 (Saturday). Adolf Hitler (45) visits a hotel, and encounters insane bellboy Johann Shmidt (35). Seeing the madness in the man's eyes, Hitler decides to recruit him to his side.
  • July 4 (Wednesday). Nobel Prize-winning physicist and chemist Marie Curie (66) dies from aplastic anemia due to extensive radiation exposure.14
  • August 7 (Tuesday). Norma Bates (27) gives birth to a son she names Norman.

September 25 (Tuesday). Daniel Sempere is born in Barcelona, Catalonia region, Spain.

  • October 29 (Monday). Destitute widow Mary Worth (62) begins selling apples. She soon becomes known as Apple Mary, and begins giving advice to others.
  • December 9 (Sunday). After Don Karnage's (36) theft of an experimental electric generator from Shere Khan (), his protégé Kit Cloudkicker (12) steals it himself. The pirates chase Kit to a tiny island bar run by the orangutan Louie. Kit tags along with pilot Baloo, and after evading the pirates, Baloo invites him on as a navigator.15
  • December 10 (Monday). The bank seizes Baloo's business, and sells it and his plane (the Sea Duck) to Rebecca Cunningham (30), who renames the business Higher for Hire and hires Kit Cloudkicker and Baloo as her flight crew, and Wildcat Ratchet (26) as her staff mechanic. She introduces her employees to her daughter Molly (6). Their first shipment is attacked by pirates again, and Kit reveals his past to Baloo.16
  • December 11 (Tuesday). Don Karnage's pirates abduct Rebecca and Molly Cunningham. Baloo and Kit Cloudkicker go to their rescue. In order to save the lives of his friends, Kit feigns betraying them. A despondent Baloo buys back the Sea Duck and departs. Don Karnage begins using the recovered electric generator to power a lightning gun and attack Cape Suzette with it. Kit betrays Karnage, and is saved by Baloo. Baloo, Kit, and Rebecca stop Karnage's rampage by destroying the lightning gun and sacrificing the Sea Duck. Karnage's forces are driven out of Cape Suzette.17 [[/footnote]]
  • December 18 (Tuesday). Rebecca Cunningham reveals the rebuilt Sea Duck, and reopens Higher for Hire with the same flight crew.18 [[/footnote]]

AFTER

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