What Happened in February 1932

Historical Events

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Feb 1 Bradman makes 299* vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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Feb 2 Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • Feb 2 Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
  • Feb 2 Grimmett takes 14 wickets v South Africa (7-116 & 7-83)
  • Feb 2 Reconstruction Finance Corp organized
  • Feb 4 3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • Feb 4 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • Feb 6 1st Olympic dog sled race, Lake Placid, NY (demonstration sport)
  • Feb 6 Fascist coup in the Memel territory
  • Feb 9 USA enters Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
  • Feb 9 US airship Columbia crashes during storm (Flushing, NY)
  • Feb 11 73°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February
  • Feb 12 Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees
  • Feb 13 "Free Eats" introduces George "Spanky" McFarland to "Our Gang"
  • Feb 13 25th Women's Australian Championships: Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Kathrine Le Mesurier (9-7, 6-4)
  • Feb 13 25th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats Harry Hopman (4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 14 South Africa all out for 36 in 1st innings v Aust (Ironmonger 5-6)
  • Feb 15 3rd Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY
  • Feb 15 Australia beat South Africa in cricket by an innings in 5 hrs 53 min playing time
  • Feb 15 George Burns & Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on "Guy Lombardo Show"
  • Feb 15 John Van Druten's "There's Always Juliet" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 15 US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)
  • Feb 16 1st patent for a tree issued to James Markham for a peach tree

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 17 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Feb 18 Japan declares Manchuria independent
  • Feb 18 Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title
  • Feb 18 Japan proclaims and names Manchukuo state in north east China

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Feb 19 William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • Feb 20 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China
  • Feb 21 Andre Tardieu becomes premier of France
  • Feb 21 Camera exposure meter patented, WN Goodwin
  • Feb 22 Purple Heart (the Badge of Military Merit) award reinstituted
  • Feb 24 Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona

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Feb 25 Austrian immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 27 Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead)
  • Feb 29 Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland
  • Feb 29 TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William "Alfalfa" Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 John Hart, newsman (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 1 John Nott, British policitican(C), Secretary of State for Defence during Falkland War, born in Bideford, Devon
  • Feb 2 Robert Mandan, Clever Mo, actor (Chester-Soap, James-3's a Crowd)
  • Feb 3 J P "Pom-Pom" Felloes-Smith, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1960)
  • Feb 3 Maria Itkina, USSR, sprinter (9 world records)
  • Feb 3 Peggy Ann Garner, Canton Ohio, actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon)
  • Feb 4 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • Feb 5 Cesare Maldini - Italian footballer and manager
  • Feb 6 Francois Truffaut, director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 6 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (d. 1959)
  • Feb 7 Alfred M Worden, Jackson Michigan, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15)
  • Feb 7 Gay Talese, author (Honor Thy Father)
  • Feb 8 Jan H Christiaanse, president Dutch political party (CDA)
  • Feb 8 John Towner Williams, Flushing NY, composer/conductor (Boston Pops)
  • Feb 9 Tatsuro Hirooka, Japanese baseball player
  • Feb 9 Gerhard Richter, German painter
  • Feb 10 Donald Hilton, Moderator (General Assembly of United Reformed Church)
  • Feb 10 Rockin Dopsie Sr, [Alton Jay Rubin], Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco)
  • Feb 11 Dennis Skinner, British politician (L), Chairman of the Labour Party (1988-89), born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire
  • Feb 11 Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Lincoln Kilpatrick, actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 12 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • Feb 13 Susan Oliver, American actress (d. 1990)
  • Feb 14 Alexander Kluge, German author and film director (Yesterday Girl), born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony
  • Feb 14 Jack Hibbert, director (Central Statistical Office)
  • Feb 14 Jocelyn Stevens, CEO (English Heritage)
  • Feb 14 Michael Ball, Bishop (Truro)
  • Feb 14 Peter Ball, Bishop (Gloucester)
  • Feb 15 Adrian Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
  • Feb 16 Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli writer, born in Jadova Commune, Kingdom of Romania
  • Feb 16 Gretchen Wyler, Bartlesville Oklahoma, actress (Silk Stockings)
  • Feb 16 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/TV-host
  • Feb 16 Otis Blackwell, composer/singer
  • Feb 16 Harry Goz, American actor (d. 2003)
  • Feb 16 Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, President of Sierra Leone
  • Feb 17 Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)
  • Feb 18 Milos Forman, Czech/US director (Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus)
  • Feb 19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 19 Joseph P Kerwin, Oak Park Ill, Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2)
  • Feb 20 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991- )
  • Feb 22 Edward M "Ted" Kennedy, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009 )
  • Feb 23 Majel Barrett, actress (Christine Chapel-Star Trek), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Feb 24 Andrew Jacobs Jr, (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75- )
  • Feb 24 Everard Goodman, English real estate developer (TOPS Estates)
  • Feb 24 John Vernon, Canada, actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry)
  • Feb 24 Michel Legrand, composer (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind)
  • Feb 25 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone)
  • Feb 25 Laurence New, Major-General
  • Feb 25 Martin William Karlins, composer
  • Feb 25 Tony Brooks, English race car driver

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Feb 26 Johnny Cash, Kingsland Arkansas, American country singer (I Hear the Train Coming)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Feb 27 Dolf Zwerver, Dutch painter

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Feb 27 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (Father of the Bride, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra) (d. 2011), born in London, England

  • Feb 27 Lord Young of Graffham, CEO (Cables & Wireless)
  • Feb 28 Brian Moore, British commentator (Big Match)
  • Feb 28 Don Francks, actor (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Feb 29 Gavin Stevens, cricket (Australian bat on 59-60 India/Pakistan tour)
  • Feb 29 Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist
  • Feb 29 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • Feb 29 Masten Gregory, American F1 Driver (d. 1985)
  • Feb 29 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 1 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader

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Feb 8 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, mobster, killed by Dutch Schultz gang at 23

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • Feb 9 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered
  • Feb 10 R H Edgar Wallace, British writer/journalist (3 Just Men), dies at 76
  • Feb 15 Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), dies at 66
  • Feb 16 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  • Feb 17 Frans Gailliard, Belgian painter/graphic artist (Egina), dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Frederik Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher (b. 1843)
  • Feb 28 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)
  • Feb 29 "Big Ed" Morris, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies