1934: Theodore Bilbo elected to U.S. Senate (1935-1947)
1934: Bienville National Forest established by CCC
1934: Camp Shelby reopens as training area for National Guard
1934: Burnita Shelton Matthews elected President of National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
An ardent feminist and suffragist from Hazlehurst, Matthews served as the chair of the NAWL’s Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform and Status of Women.
February 7, 1934: Tupelo becomes first city to receive electricity under TVA wholesale power contract
June 12, 1934: President Roosevelt signs Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act
The Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act allowed the president to lower tariffs and negotiate trade agreements with nations that were willing to do the same for the United States.
Image: President Roosevelt used this pen to sign an extension to the original Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act.
June 18, 1934: Indian Reorganization Act or “Indian New Deal” passed
The Wheeler-Howard Act was intended to organize the tribes, create an Indian civil service, halt land allotments, and reinvest American Indian communities with control of their lands, thus sealing and securing certain rights of self-governance for the tribes.
June 19, 1934: FDR signs Communications Act of 1934, creating Federal Communications Commission
Judge Eugene O. Sykes of Aberdeen was named as the first chairman of Federal Communications Commission in July.