- Jan 28 The name "Pakistan" is coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali and gradually accepted by Muslims in the Indian sub-continent who use it to push for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia
- Jan 30 President Paul von Hindenburg appoints Adolf Hitler as Reich Chancellor of Germany who forms a government with Franz von Papen
- Mar 4 Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as 32nd US President, pledges to pull US out of the Depression, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"
- Mar 9 US Congress is called into special session by FDR, beginning its "100 days"
- Mar 20 Dachau, 1st Nazi concentration camp, completed
- Mar 23 Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers
- Jul 14 NSDAP (Nazis) becomes only political party in Germany
- Aug 7 The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.
- Sep 12 Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives idea of a nuclear chain reaction
- Oct 14 Nazi Germany announces its withdrawal from the League of Nations
"King Kong" starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall & RKO Roxy NYC
On March 2, 1933