What Happened in 1932

Significant Events

  • Mar 19 The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened
  • May 21 After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman
  • Dec 19 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
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1932 in Film & TV

  • Apr 12 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)
  • Apr 16 Short film "The Music Box" starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)
  • Apr 29 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)
  • Jul 28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Béla Lugos is released in the US
  • Aug 22 BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts

1932 in Music

  • Dec 27 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City

1932 in Sport

  • Feb 15 US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)
  • Dec 18 1st NFL playoff game; Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 indoors at Chicago Stadium due to blizzard

World Leaders in 1932

Famous People in 1932

Would You Believe?

The "Great Emu War" ends: Emu's surprising resilience to bullets led to Emu victory over Australian military in Campion district, Western Australia

On December 10, 1932

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 1 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn
  • Apr 30 Australian Test cricket batsman Don Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney
  • May 13 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich marries Nina Varsar
  • Jul 2 Platinum blonde screen goddess Jean Harlow (21) weds MGM producer Paul Bern (42)
  • Jul 7 Author Damon Runyon (51) weds Patrice Amati del Grande
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