February 1932 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • Feb 6 Fascist coup in the Memel territory
  • 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 14 South Africa all out for 36 in 1st innings v Australia (Ironmonger 5-6)
  • Feb 15 George Burns & Gracie Allen debut as regulars on the "Guy Lombardo Show"
  • Feb 15 John Van Druten's "There's Always Juliet" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 16 1st patent for a tree issued to James Markham for a peach tree
  • 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

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

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner

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Feb 20 Pierre Laval's first French government falls

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • 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

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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.

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 John Nott, British policitican(C), Secretary of State for Defence during Falkland War, born in Bideford, Devon
  • Feb 6 Francois Truffaut, director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 6 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (d. 1959)
  • Feb 7 Alfred M Worden, Jackson Michigan, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15)
  • Feb 7 Gay Talese, author (Honor Thy Father)
  • Feb 8 Jan H Christiaanse, president Dutch political party (CDA)
  • Feb 9 Gerhard Richter, German painter
  • Feb 10 Donald Hilton, Moderator (General Assembly of United Reformed Church)
  • Feb 11 Dennis Skinner, British politician (L), Chairman of the Labour Party (1988-89), born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire
  • Feb 12 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • Feb 14 Jack Hibbert, director (Central Statistical Office)
  • Feb 14 Jocelyn Stevens, CEO (English Heritage)
  • Feb 14 Michael Ball, Bishop (Truro)
  • Feb 14 Peter Ball, Bishop (Gloucester)
  • Feb 14 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • Feb 15 Adrian Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
  • Feb 16 Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli writer, born in Jadova Commune, Kingdom of Romania
  • Feb 16 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/TV-host
  • Feb 16 Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, President of Sierra Leone
  • Feb 18 Milos Forman, Czech/US director (Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus)
  • Feb 19 Joseph P Kerwin, Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Feb 20 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991- )
  • Feb 22 Edward M "Ted" Kennedy, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009 )
  • Feb 24 Andrew Jacobs Jr, (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75- )
  • Feb 24 Everard Goodman, English real estate developer (TOPS Estates)
  • Feb 25 Laurence New, Major-General
  • Feb 27 Dolf Zwerver, Dutch painter
  • Feb 27 Lord Young of Graffham, CEO (Cables & Wireless)
  • Feb 28 Brian Moore, British commentator (Big Match)
  • Feb 29 Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist
  • Feb 29 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader

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Feb 8 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, Irish-American mob hitman, murdered at 23 by the Dutch Schultz gang

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • Feb 9 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered
  • Feb 10 R H Edgar Wallace, British writer/journalist (3 Just Men), dies at 76
  • Feb 16 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  • Feb 17 Frans Gailliard, Belgian painter/graphic artist (Egina), dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Frederik Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, dies at 88
  • Feb 28 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)