What Happened in December 1932

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network
  • Dec 3 20th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 25-6
  • Dec 3 Gen Kurt von Schleicher becomes chancellor of Germany

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Dec 5 German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Dec 7 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY
  • Dec 10 King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution
  • Dec 11 San Francisco's coldest day (27°F) - it snows
  • Dec 12 S N Behrman's "Biography" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 12 USSR & China resume diplomatic relations
  • Dec 14 French government of Herriot falls
  • Dec 17 Cards trade Jim Bottomley to Reds for Estel Crabtree & Ownie Carroll
  • Dec 18 Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
  • Dec 19 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
  • Dec 20 Queensland all out 74 v Victoria, Ironmonger (age 50) 7-13

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Dec 21 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Dec 21 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach
  • Dec 22 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film
  • Dec 24 Arturo Alessandri wins presidental election in Chile
  • Dec 25 7.6 magnitude earthquake ravages Qansu, China, kills 275

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Dec 25 During King George V's Christmas dinner speech his chair collapes

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • Dec 27 Radio City Music Hall opens (NYC)

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Dec 30 Bradman out for a duck v England at cricket MCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 31 John P O'Brien sworn-in as mayor of NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Robert T Herres, USAF/astronaut, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 1 Matt Monro, English singer (d. 1985)
  • Dec 3 Corry Brokken, Dutch singer (1957 Eurovision)
  • Dec 4 Edgar Valcarcel, composer
  • Dec 4 Joanne Battiste, artist (heroines)
  • Dec 4 Roh Tae Woo, Taegu South Korea, President South Korea (1988-93)
  • Dec 5 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], Macon, Georgia, American singer-songwriter (Tutti Frutti)
  • Dec 5 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Dec 5 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, born in Khunzakhsky District, Soviet Union (d. 2016)

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Dec 7 Ellen Burstyn, actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here), born in Detroit, Michigan

Actress Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
  • Dec 7 Geoff Lawson, Australian cricket player
  • Dec 7 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son)
  • Dec 7 Paul Caponigro, American photographer
  • Dec 9 Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill, jazz musician
  • Dec 10 Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Calcutta, India, Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K
  • Dec 11 Anne Heywood, [Violet Pretty], Engl, Miss GB (1949)/actress (Brain)
  • Dec 11 Wynn Irwin, American actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time), born in NYC, New York

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Dec 12 robert pettit, American NBA star (St Louis Bombers/1959 MVP), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • Dec 14 Abbe Lane, singer and wife of Xavier Cugat (Xavier Cugat Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 14 Charlie "Silver Fox" Rich, Colt Ark, vocalist (Behind Closed Doors)
  • Dec 14 George Furth, actor/dir (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 14 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, born in Luluabourg, Central Congo (d. 2017)
  • Dec 15 Elaine Barkin, composer
  • Dec 15 Igor Stuhec, Slovenian composer, born in Kremberk
  • Dec 16 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, composer (Humpback Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 18 Roger Smith, South Gate California, actor (77 Sunset Strip)
  • Dec 19 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer
  • Dec 20 John Hillerman, american actor (Magnum PI), born in Denison, Texas
  • Dec 21 Ilja Zeljenka, composer
  • Dec 21 Edward Hoagland, American essayist
  • Dec 22 Joe Clark, WLAF off coordinator coach (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 Phil Woosnam, Welsh footballer (17 Caps) and manager, born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • Dec 23 Tertius Metcalf, businessman
  • Dec 24 [Michael] Colin Cowdrey, English cricket player, born in Ootacamund British India
  • Dec 24 On Kawara, Japanese conceptual artist
  • Dec 24 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex (d. 2015)
  • Dec 25 Jose Maria Capricorne, Curacaos graphically designer/painter
  • Dec 25 Peter John Swales, football club chairman
  • Dec 26 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter
  • Dec 28 Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
  • Dec 28 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • Dec 28 Manuel Puig, Argentina, writer (Blood of Requited Love)
  • Dec 28 Roy Hattersley, British journalist/Labour-parliament leader
  • Dec 28 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (d. 2002)
  • Dec 28 Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer (Uhura in Star Trek), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • Dec 29 Inga Swenson, actress (Gretchen-Benson), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 31 George Schlatter, TV producer (Laugh-in)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 5 "East of Eden" director Elia Kazan (23) weds playwright Molly Day Thatcher (25)

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Dec 18 Civil rights activist Rosa Parks (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Amadeo Vives, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 4 Gustav Meyrink, writer, dies at 64
  • Dec 12 Egon Richter, writer, dies
  • Dec 13 Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (b. 1853)
  • Dec 18 Eduard "Ede" Bernstein, German marxist/revisionist, dies at 82
  • Dec 19 Yoon Bong-Gil, Korean activist (b. 1908)
  • Dec 24 Eyvind Alnaes, composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 28 John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies