What Happened in March 1932

Historical Events

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Mar 1 Charles Lindbergh Jr (20 months), kidnapped in NJ; found dead May 12

  • Mar 1 12 pro-independence revolutionaries captured in and around Chittagong in Bengal province, British India are sentenced to deportation for life, two to three-year prison terms with the remaining 32 being acquitted.

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Mar 1 The 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh is kidnapped from their home in East Amwell, New Jersey in what became known as the "Lindbergh kidnapping"

Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Mar 7 Riots at Ford-factory Dearborn Michigan, kills 4
  • Mar 9 Eamon De Valera becomes president of Ireland
  • Mar 9 Former Chinese emperor Henry Pu-Yi installed as head of Manchuria

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Mar 17 German police raid Hitler's Nazi headquarter

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 18 91st Grand National: Tim Hamey aboard Forbra wins
  • Mar 19 The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
  • Mar 20 Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kara-Kalpak ASSR
  • Mar 24 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • Mar 27 De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt
  • Mar 29 Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program
  • Mar 31 150 wild swans die in Niagara waterfall
  • Mar 31 Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jacques Leduc, composer
  • Mar 2 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, born in Topeka Kansas (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 Mara Corday, playmate (Oct, 1958), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 4 Guido Baggiani, composer
  • Mar 4 Hessel Rienks, economist/Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • Mar 4 Miriam Makeba, Johannesburg South Africa, singer (Grammy 1965)
  • Mar 4 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American car designer (d. 2001)
  • Mar 4 Frank Wells, American entertainment businessman (d. 1994)
  • Mar 5 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist
  • Mar 9 Heere Heeresma, Dutch writer (Han de Wit goes in development aid)
  • Mar 9 Keely Smith, Norfolk Virginia, American singer (Mrs Louie Prima)
  • Mar 9 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor
  • Mar 10 Anatoliy Roschin, USSR, super heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Mar 11 Nigel Lawson, British government official (The Power Game)
  • Mar 11 Valerie French, actress (Jubal), born in London, England
  • Mar 11 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 12 Andrew Young, US ambassador to UN (1977-79)/(Mayor-D-Atlanta)
  • Mar 12 Barbara Feldon, American actress and model
  • Mar 14 Naina Yeltsina, Russia's first First Lady
  • Mar 15 Alan Lavern Bean, Wheeler Texas, Capt USN/astronaut (Ap 12, Skylab 3)
  • Mar 15 David Alliance, Iran/British textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 16 Ronnie Walter Cunningham, Creston Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (Apollo 7)
  • Mar 17 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • Mar 17 Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist
  • Mar 18 F[rederik] W[illem] de Klerk, president South Africa (1989-94)
  • Mar 18 John Updike, Shillington Pa, poet/novelist (Rabbit Run)
  • Mar 19 Gay Robert Brewer, Middletwon OH, PGA golfer (1972 Canadian)
  • Mar 20 Tod Dockstader, composer
  • Mar 21 Joseph Silverstein, violinist (Denver Symphony Orch), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 22 Richard Thomas, admiral
  • Mar 23 Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 24 William Smith, Columbia Mo, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Hawaii 5-0)
  • Mar 24 Yuri Anatoyevich Ponomaryov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 18 backup)
  • Mar 25 Wes Santee, American runner, born in Ashland, Kansasmiler (d. 2010)
  • Mar 25 Woody (Woodson) Held, baseball player
  • Mar 26 Dick Nolan, football coach
  • Mar 27 Wes Covington, baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Mar 28 Sven Oskar Lindqvist, Swedish writer (Myten om Wu Tao-tzu)
  • Mar 29 William Charette, Ludington, Michigan, United States Navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 A J Zuckerman, Dean (Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine)
  • Mar 30 Ted Morgan, Swiss-born writer
  • Mar 31 Godfrey Lawrence, cricketer (South African fast bowler, 8-53 v NZ 1961)
  • Mar 31 John Jakes, writer (Sir Scoundrel, Great Women Reporters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 31 Nagisa Oshima, director (Town of Love & Hope), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti Orfici), dies at 46
  • Mar 1 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1906)
  • Mar 3 Eugene Francis Charles D'albert, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 5 Takuma Dan, Japanese baron/financier/industrial, murdered

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Mar 6 John Philip Sousa, US composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77

  • Mar 7 Aristide Briand, 11 x Prime Minister of France (Nobel Peace Prize 1926), dies at 69
  • Mar 8 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer/tutor of Queen Wilhelmina, dies at 84
  • Mar 11 Dora Carrington, British Bloomsbury artist commits suicide aged 38
  • Mar 12 Ivar Kreuger, "Swedish Match King" industrialist, commits suicide

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Mar 14 George Eastman, US industrialist (Kodak-camera), shoots himself in the heart at 77

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • Mar 20 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov, Russian Biologist (artificial insemination of animals) dies at 61
  • Mar 24 George Robert Canning, cricketer (the 4th Lord Harris), dies
  • Mar 26 Jean Cartan, composer, dies at 25