What Happened in May 1932

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo
  • May 2 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)
  • May 3 24 tourists begin 1st air-charter holiday (London-Basle, Switz)

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May 4 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion

Gangster Al Capone
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Al Capone
  • May 5 Japan & China sign a peace treaty
  • May 7 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • May 9 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • May 9 Piccadilly Circus, London first lit by electricity
  • May 9 WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
  • May 10 Government declares "Wilhelmus" as the Netherlands' national anthem
  • May 10 Senate chairman Albert Lebrun becomes President of France

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May 12 Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, NJ

  • May 14 "We Want Beer!" parade in NY
  • May 15 The 15th May Incident: in an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed.
  • May 16 Yanks 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston
  • May 17 US Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"

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May 20 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • May 20 Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria
  • May 21 1st Curtis Cup: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)
  • May 21 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland
  • May 23 Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman sets 24 hr record of 860 mi, 367 yds
  • May 25 Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney
  • May 26 Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo
  • May 28 Dam closed, at current monument (South Seas)
  • May 29 The Bonus Army of World War I veterans begins to assemble in Washington, D.C. in to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
  • May 30 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Miller Huggins
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Fred Frame wins in 4:48:03.761 (167.604 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Bruce Glover, actor (Diamonds are Forever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 2 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist
  • May 2 Malcolm Leyland Lipkin, composer
  • May 2 Maury Allen, American sportswriter
  • May 3 Robert Osborne, American film historian
  • May 4 Fausto Razzi, composer
  • May 5 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 2008)
  • May 5 Will Hutchins, Atwater California, actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord)
  • May 6 Gunther Hauk, composer
  • May 6 John Bond, cricket umpire
  • May 6 Viscount Coke, English large landowner/art collector
  • May 7 Hans Boskamp, [Johan HG Hoelscher], actor/producer (Oh My Papa)
  • May 7 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • May 7 Pete Domenici, Republican senator from New Mexico
  • May 8 Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Phyllida Law, Scottish actress

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May 8 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sand Slough, Arkansas (d. 1970)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • May 9 Conrad Hunte, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1958-66)
  • May 9 David Plastow, CEO (Medical Research Council)
  • May 9 Gavin Lyall, author (Conduct of Major Maxim)
  • May 9 Geraldine McEwan, English actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), born in Old Windsor Berkshire
  • May 9 J Alex McMillan, (Rep-R-NC, 1985- )
  • May 10 Ian Leslie, 21st Earl of Rothes, Scottish nobleman
  • May 10 Francoise Fabian, Hussein Dey Algeria, actress (Happy New Year)
  • May 11 Henriette Santer, clinical Psychologist
  • May 11 Valentino [Garavani], Milan Italy, fashion designer
  • May 14 Robert Bechtle, American painter
  • May 15 John Glen, Thames England, actor (Spy Who Loves Me, Backfire)
  • May 16 Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • May 17 Arthur Jones, principal (Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester)
  • May 17 Colin Hope, British industrialist (Turner and Newall), born in Birkenhead (d. 2015)
  • May 17 Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
  • May 17 Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to USSR
  • May 18 John Clement, chairman (Unigate Group)
  • May 19 Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
  • May 19 Paul Erdman, American economist and author (d. 2007)
  • May 19 Claude Blanchard, Quebec comedian and actor (d. 2006)
  • May 21 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, born in Darmstadt (d. 2015)
  • May 21 John Armitage, principal (College of St Hilda & St Bede Durham)
  • May 21 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, composer
  • May 23 John Lyons, Master (Trinity Hall), born in Cambridge, England
  • May 24 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Bratkartoffeln Inbegriffen), born in London (d. 2016)
  • May 24 Elaine Malbin, opera singer
  • May 24 Graham Arnold, British artist (Brotherhood of Ruralists)
  • May 24 James Anderton, Chief constable (Manchester England)
  • May 24 Terence Heiser, British senior civil servant
  • May 25 Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14)
  • May 25 John Grogery Dunne, US writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions)
  • May 25 K C Jones, Taylor Tx, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • May 26 Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (d. 1980)
  • May 27 [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
  • May 27 Jeffrey Bernard, singer
  • May 28 Henning Christiansen, composer
  • May 28 Lord Renton, MP (Conservative)
  • May 29 Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author who founded the group Zero Population Growth
  • May 30 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • May 30 Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer
  • May 31 Elizabeth Southey, British CEO (National Fed of Women's Institutes)
  • May 31 George Vallings, British Vice Admiral
  • May 31 Ronald Hampel, British CEO (ICI)
  • May 31 Jay Miner, American microchip designer (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings

  • May 13 Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Paul Doumer, Pres France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • May 3 Anton Wildgans, Austr writer (Dies Irae)/dir Burgtheater, dies at 51
  • May 7 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), dies at 53
  • May 15 Ki Inukai, premier Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • May 16 Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • May 16 William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
  • May 22 Augusta, Lady Gregory, Irish playwright (Gold Apple) and patron of Yeats, dies at 80