Historical Events in 1932

Events 1 - 200 of 328

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Mar 17 German police raid Hitler's Nazi headquarter
  • 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
  • Apr 2 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • Apr 4 Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh
  • Apr 5 Dutch textile strike broken by trade unions
  • Apr 5 Dominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.
  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep NY Rangers in 3 games

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 10 Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected President of Germany in a runoff election against Adolf Hitler

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • Apr 12 Emmanuel Chabriers & Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo
  • Apr 12 "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 13 Kozakken Boys soccer team forms in Werkendam forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • Apr 23 The 153-year old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, the Netherlands burns down.
  • Apr 24 German national election (NSDAP 36.3% in Prussia)
  • Apr 25 Rose Franken's "Another Language" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 26 Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine" premieres in Paris
  • Apr 28 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio
  • 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)
  • May 4 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion
  • 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
  • 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"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • Jun 1 Lunteren soccer team forms in Lunteren
  • Jun 2 German Chancellor Franz von Papen forms his "Cabinet of the Barons"
  • Jun 3 John McGraw, who came to NY in 1902, resigns as manager of Giants

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jun 3 Paul von Hindenburg disbands German Parliament
  • Jun 4 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
  • Jun 4 Edouard Herriot becomes Premier of France
  • Jun 4 Chilean coup led by Colonel Marmaduke Grove against President Juan Esteban Montero
  • Jun 6 Ijsselmeervogels soccer team forms in Spakenburg
  • Jun 6 US Federal gas tax enacted
  • Jun 6 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 6 37th Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Giorgio de Stefani (6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 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 7 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 10 1st demonstration of artificial lightning Pittsfield Mass
  • Jun 10 67th British Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 283 at Prince's England
  • Jun 13 Great Britain & France sign peace treaty
  • Jun 14 German government of von Papen forms
  • Jun 16 Germany forbids SA/SS-gang fights
  • Jun 16 President Hoover & VP Charles Curtis renominated by Republican Convention
  • Jun 16 Sutcliffe & Holmes make 555 opening cricket stand for Yorks v Essex
  • Jun 17 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
  • Jun 17 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 19 1st concert given in SF's Stern Grove
  • Jun 19 Hailstones kill 200 in Hunan Province, China
  • Jun 20 A's Roger Cramer gets 6 consecutive hits in a game (repeats in 1935)
  • Jun 21 Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)
  • Jun 21 Jack Sharkey beats Max Schmeling in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 22 NL finally approves players wearing numbers
  • Jun 23 Lou Gehrig plays 1,103rd successive game in a NY uniform, equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland)
  • Jun 24 Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand
  • Jun 25 36th US Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 286 at Fresh Meadows NY
  • Jun 25 Commencement of India's 1st cricket Test v England at Lord's
  • Jun 29 USSR & China sign non-aggression treaty
  • Jul 1 45th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (6-3 6-1)

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

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