Historical Events in 1932

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  • Jan 1st Jacob Cocey Sr chosen as mayor of Massillon Ohio
  • Jan 1st Rasse und Siedlungshauptamt publishes Himmler's wedding laws
  • Jan 1st The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.
  • Jan 1st 18th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Tulane, 21-12
  • Jan 2nd Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri
  • Jan 3rd Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop revolt by banana workers fired by United Fruit.

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Jan 4th Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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Jan 4th British Viceroy of India Lord Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 4th State of siege proclaimed in Honduras
  • Jan 7th 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich
  • Jan 8th Ratification of present SF City Charter
  • Jan 10th "Mickey Mouse" & "Silly Symphony" comics syndicated
  • Jan 10th "Pete the Tramp" cartoon strip by C D Russell debuts
  • Jan 12th France's Laval government falls
  • Jan 12th Hattie W Caraway elected 1st woman senator (D-Ark)
  • Jan 12th Philip Barry's "Animal Kingdom" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 14th 1st totalisator (to record racetrack bets) in US installed, Hialeah
  • Jan 14th Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race
  • Jan 19th Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game
  • Jan 21st USSR & Finland stop non-attack treaty
  • Jan 23rd El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers
  • Jan 25th 1st commencement exercises at Hebrew U in Jerusalem
  • Jan 25th Bradman scores 167 NSW v Victoria, 224 mins, 22 fours
  • Jan 26th British submarine M-2 sinks in English Channel (60 dead)
  • Jan 26th KUT-AM in Austin Texas changes call letters to KNOW
  • Jan 28th 1st US state unemployment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin)
  • Jan 28th Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
  • Jan 29th Test debut of Bill O'Reilly, vs South Africa at Adelaide
  • Jan 30th Grimmett 7-116 in South Africa 1st innings at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 31st US railway unions accept 10% wage reduction
  • Feb 1st Bradman makes 299* vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th

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

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Feb 18th Japan declares Manchuria independent
  • Feb 18th Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title

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

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

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Feb 25th Austrian immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 27th Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead)
  • Feb 29th Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland
  • Feb 29th 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.

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

  • Mar 1st 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 1st 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 7th Riots at Ford-factory Dearborn Michigan, kills 4
  • Mar 9th Eamon De Valera becomes president of Ireland
  • Mar 9th Former Chinese emperor Henry Pu-Yi installed as head of Manchuria
  • Mar 17th German police raid Hitler's Nazi headquarter
  • Mar 18th 91st Grand National: Tim Hamey aboard Forbra wins
  • Mar 19th The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
  • Mar 20th Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kara-Kalpak ASSR
  • Mar 24th 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • Mar 27th De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt
  • Mar 29th Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program
  • Mar 31st 150 wild swans die in Niagara waterfall
  • Mar 31st Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine
  • Apr 2nd Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son

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Apr 4th George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to be Good" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 4th Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh
  • Apr 5th Dutch textile strike broken by trade unions
  • Apr 5th Dominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.
  • Apr 9th Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep NY Rangers in 3 games
  • Apr 10th Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected President of Germany in a runoff election against Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 12th Emmanuel Chabriers & Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo
  • Apr 12th "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Gabo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)
  • Apr 13th Kozakken Boys soccer team forms in Werkendam forms

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Apr 14th Bizet, Massine & Mira's "Jeux d'Enfants" premieres in Monte Carlo

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • Apr 17th Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
  • Apr 19th 36th Boston Marathon won by Paul de Bruyn of Germany in 2:33:36.4

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Apr 19th President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

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Apr 19th Bonnie Parker is captured in a failed hardware store burglary, and subsequently jailed. A grand jury fails to indict her, however, and she is released a few months later

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker

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Apr 23rd Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon

  • Apr 23rd The 153-year old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, the Netherlands burns down.
  • Apr 24th German national election (NSDAP 36.3% in Prussia)
  • Apr 25th Rose Franken's "Another Language" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 26th Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine" premieres in Paris
  • Apr 28th 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio
  • May 1st 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo
  • May 2nd Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)
  • May 2nd Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)
  • May 3rd 24 tourists begin 1st air-charter holiday (London-Basle, Switz)
  • May 4th Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion
  • May 5th Japan & China sign a peace treaty
  • May 7th 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • May 9th 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • May 9th Piccadilly Circus, London first lit by electricity
  • May 9th WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
  • May 10th Government declares "Wilhelmus" as the Netherlands' national anthem
  • May 10th Senate chairman Albert Lebrun becomes president of France
  • May 12th Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, NJ
  • May 14th "We Want Beer!" parade in NY
  • May 15th The 15th May Incident: in an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed.
  • May 16th Yanks 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston
  • May 17th US Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"

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

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • May 20th Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria
  • May 21st 1st Curtis Cup: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)
  • May 21st 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland
  • May 23rd Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman sets 24 hr record of 860 mi, 367 yds
  • May 25th Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney
  • May 26th Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo
  • May 28th Dam closed, at current monument (South Seas)
  • May 29th 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 30th Yankees dedicate a plaque to Miller Huggins
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Fred Frame wins in 4:48:03.761 (167.604 km/h)
  • Jun 1st Lunteren soccer team forms in Lunteren
  • Jun 2nd German Chancellor Franz von Papen forms his "Cabinet of the Barons"
  • Jun 3rd John McGraw, who came to NY in 1902, resigns as manager of Giants

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 3rd Lou Gehrig is 1st to hit 4 consecutive HRs; Yanks beat A's 20-13

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jun 3rd Paul von Hindenburg disbands German Parliament
  • Jun 4th 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
  • Jun 4th Edouard Herriot becomes premier of France
  • Jun 4th Chilean coup led by Colonel Marmaduke Grove against President Juan Esteban Montero
  • Jun 6th Ijsselmeervogels soccer team forms in Spakenburg
  • Jun 6th US Federal gas tax enacted
  • Jun 6th The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1/4 ¢/L) sold.
  • Jun 6th 37th Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Giorgio de Stefani (6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6th 37th Women's French Championships: Helen Wills Moody beats Simonne Mathieu (7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jun 7th Pitcher John Quinn, 47, is oldest player to have an extra-base hit (a double) & bat in a run, as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 9-2
  • Jun 10th 1st demonstration of artificial lightning Pittsfield Mass
  • Jun 10th 67th British Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 283 at Prince's England
  • Jun 13th Great Britain & France sign peace treaty
  • Jun 14th German government of von Papen forms
  • Jun 16th Germany forbids SA/SS-gang fights
  • Jun 16th President Hoover & VP Charles Curtis renominated by Republican Convention
  • Jun 16th Sutcliffe & Holmes make 555 opening cricket stand for Yorks v Essex
  • Jun 17th Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
  • Jun 17th Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
  • Jun 19th 1st concert given in SF's Stern Grove
  • Jun 19th Hailstones kill 200 in Hunan Province, China
  • Jun 20th A's Roger Cramer gets 6 consecutive hits in a game (repeats in 1935)
  • Jun 21st Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)
  • Jun 21st Jack Sharkey beats Max Schmeling in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 22nd NL finally approves players wearing numbers
  • Jun 23rd Lou Gehrig plays 1,103rd successive game in a NY uniform, equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland)
  • Jun 24th Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand
  • Jun 25th 36th US Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 286 at Fresh Meadows NY
  • Jun 25th Commencement of India's 1st cricket Test v England at Lord's
  • Jun 29th USSR & China sign non-aggression treaty
  • Jul 1st 45th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (6-3 6-1)

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 1st NY Gov FDR nominated for president at Democratic Convention in Chicago

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 1st NY newspaper Evening Standard goes bankrupt
  • Jul 2nd 52nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ellsworth Vines beats H Austin (6-4 6-2 6-0)
  • Jul 2nd FDR makes 1st presidential nominating conventional acceptance speech
  • Jul 3rd 1st Sunday game at Fenway Park, Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2
  • Jul 3rd John McGraw retires from baseball
  • Jul 4th Bradman scores 260, a North American record, v Western Ontario
  • Jul 5th Antonio de Oliveira Salazar becomes premier/dictator of Portugal
  • Jul 6th 1st class postage back up to 3 cents from 2 cents
  • Jul 6th Cubs shortstop Bill Jurges is shot twice in Chicago hotel room by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli
  • Jul 7th Bradman scores a cricket double century in Montreal
  • Jul 8th Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22
  • Jul 8th Herbert Sutcliffe scores his 100th 100, Yorkshire v Gloucs
  • Jul 9th Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • Jul 9th Yanks' Ben Chapman hits 2 inside-the-park HRs, tying record
  • Jul 9th The state of São Paulo revolts against the Brazilian Federal Government, starting the Constitutionalist Revolution
  • Jul 10th Jack Burnett gets 9 hits, Eddie Rommel relieves in 2nd 18-17 victory in 18 as his A's beats Indians in longest relief job
  • Jul 12th Hedley Verity establishes a first-class cricket record by taking all ten wickets for only ten runs against Nottinghamshire on a pitch affected by a storm
  • Jul 14th Belgian Chamber rules Dutch language for education of Flanders
  • Jul 15th US President Hoover cuts own salary 15%
  • Jul 18th Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands sign Ouchy Convention, a customs treaty
  • Jul 18th US & Canada sign a treaty to develop St Lawrence Seaway
  • Jul 20th In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempt to march to the White House.
  • Jul 27th Paul Gorgoulov, assassin of French president Doumer, sentenced to death
  • Jul 28th Battle between unemployed war veterans & federal troops, 4 die
  • Jul 28th US President Hoover evicts bonus marchers from their encampment
  • Jul 28th "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Béla Lugos is released in the US
  • Jul 29th Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans.
  • Jul 30th 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
  • Jul 31st 27th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • Jul 31st Cleveland Municipal Stadium opens-Philadelphia A's beat Indians 1-0
  • Jul 31st George Washington quarter goes into circulation
  • Jul 31st German Election (NSDAP gets 37.3%)
  • Jul 31st 26th Tour de France won by Andre Leducq of France
  • Aug 2nd Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs