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  • Fort Belvedere, Windsor Great Park, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Dec 10, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Edward duly signed the instruments of abdication

    Fort Belvedere, Windsor Great Park, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Dec 10, 1936

    Edward duly signed the instruments of abdication at Fort Belvedere on 10 December 1936 in the presence of his younger brothers: Prince Albert, Duke of York, next in line for the throne; Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester; and Prince George, Duke of Kent.




  • England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Last act of his reign was the royal assent to His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936

    England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    The next day, the last act of his reign was the royal assent to His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936. As required by the Statute of Westminster, all the Dominions had already consented to the abdication.




  • United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Edward VIII

    A Prince

    United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    On the night of 11 December 1936, Edward, now reverted to the title and style of a prince, explained his decision to abdicate in a worldwide radio broadcast. He famously said, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." He added that the "decision was mine and mine alone ... The other person most nearly concerned has tried up to the last to persuade me to take a different course".




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Winston Churchill

    Churchill immediately pledged loyalty to George VI

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Afterward, although Churchill immediately pledged loyalty to George VI, he wrote that the abdication was "premature and probably quite unnecessary".




  • England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

    Edward VIII left the throne to marry Wallis Simpson

    England, United Kingdom
    Friday Dec 11, 1936

    Less than a year later, on 11 December 1936, in the abdication crisis, Edward VIII left the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American, whom neither the Church of England nor the Dominion governments would accept as queen. The Church would not recognize the marriage of a divorced woman with a living ex-husband as valid. Edward's abdication made a reluctant Duke of York the new King George VI, and Margaret became second in line to the throne, with the title Princess Margaret to indicate her status as a child of the sovereign. The family moved into Buckingham Palace; Margaret's room overlooked The Mall.




  • Xi'an, China
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    Xi'an Incident

    Xi'an, China
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    On December 12, 1936, a deeply disgruntled Zhang Xueliang kidnapped Chiang Kai-shek in Xi'an, hoping to force an end to the conflict between KMT and CPC. To secure the release of Chiang, the KMT agreed to a temporary end to the Chinese Civil War .




  • Xi'an, China
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    Chinese Civil War

    Xi'an Incident

    Xi'an, China
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    On 12 December 1936, the disgruntled Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng conspired to kidnap Chiang and force him into a truce with the CPC. The incident became known as the Xi'an Incident.


  • England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    Edward VIII

    Duke of Windsor

    England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Dec 12, 1936

    On 12 December 1936, at the accession meeting of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, George VI announced he was to make his brother the "Duke of Windsor" with the style of Royal Highness.


  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Thursday Dec 17, 1936

    Pope Francis

    Birth

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Thursday Dec 17, 1936

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born on 17 December 1936 in Flores, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires.


  • China
    Thursday Dec 24, 1936

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    Creating of a United Front

    China
    Thursday Dec 24, 1936

    On December 24, the creation of a United Front between the CPC and KMT against Japan. The alliance having salutary effects for the beleaguered CPC, they agreed to form the New Fourth Army and the 8th Route Army and place them under the nominal control of the NRA.


  • Germany
    Friday Dec 25, 1936

    Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels supported Reoccupation

    Germany
    Friday Dec 25, 1936

    Goebbels was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Hitler aggressively pursuing Germany's expansionist policies sooner rather than later. At the time of the Reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936.


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