The Japanese launch a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which propels America into World War II. Later, Germany and Italy also declare war on the United States.
Germany invades Poland – which hurls Europe, and eventually most of the world, into another cataclysmic war.
Tupelo is the first city to sigh a wholesale electric power contract with TVA. More small and rural municipalities across the Tennessee Valley begin to electrify with low-cost TVA power.
Norris is the first dam built by TVA and becomes fully operational in July 1936. It is named after Senator George Norris, who helped bring about TVA.
One of the biggest New Deal agencies, the Public Works Administration (PWA) funds major construction projects and works with TVA to expand the electric power distribution system in the Tennessee Valley.