What Happened in April 1932

Historical Events

Film Release

Apr 2 "Tarzan the Ape Man" released starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films

Historic Event

Apr 2 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for his kidnapped son

  • Apr 4 Charles G. King, University of Pittsburgh isolates Vitamin C, using adrenal samples provided by Hungarian Albert Szent-Györgyi

Theater Premiere

Apr 4 George Bernard Shaw's comedy play "Too True To Be Good" premieres in NYC; runs for 59 performances

  • Apr 5 Dominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government
  • Apr 5 Dutch textile strike broken by trade unions
  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat New York Rangers, 6-4 for 3-0 series sweep; Toronto's first SC as the Maple Leafs

Election of Interest

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

Film Premiere

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 12 Emmanuel Chabriers & Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo

Music History

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

  • Apr 14 World's first particle accelerator built by Ernest Walton and John Cockcroft performs the first artificial nuclear fission with Lithium at Cambridge University [1]

Film Release

Apr 16 Short film "The Music Box" released in the US, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)

Historic Event

Apr 17 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery

  • Apr 18 36th Boston Marathon won by German runner Paul de Bruyn in 2:33:36.4

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Apr 19 President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week

  • Apr 23 153-year old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, the Netherlands, burns down

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 24 German national election (NSDAP 36.3% in Prussia)
  • Apr 25 Rose Franken's "Another Language" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Apr 26 Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine" premieres in Paris

  • Apr 29 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 (Mary Frances) "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress and singer (Singin' In The Rain -"Kathy Selden"; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Apr 1 François Moncla, French rugby union flanker (31 Tests; Racing 92, Section Paloise), born in Louvie-Juzon, France (d. 2021)
  • Apr 1 Gordon Jump, American actor (WKFP -"Arthur Carlson"; Growing Pains; Maytag Repairman), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • Apr 1 Jiri Smutny, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Apr 2 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistan cricket swing bowler (27 Tests, 68 wickets; Karachi, Pakistan Universities), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Janet Bately, Prof of English Language (King's College London)
  • Apr 3 Martin Nourse, Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales (d. 2017)
  • Apr 4 Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev: Mirror; Stalker), born in Zavrazhye, Russia, Soviet Union (d. 1986)

Anthony Perkins

Apr 4 Anthony Perkins, American actor (Psycho; Friendly Persuasion;, Fear Strikes Out; Pretty Poison), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

  • Apr 4 Bapu Nadkarni, Indian cricket all-rounder (41 Tests, top score 122; 88 wickets), born in Nashik, India (d. 2020)
  • Apr 4 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive (Columbia, Arista, Sony), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 4 Richard Lugar, American politician (U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1977-2013), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • Apr 5 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Apr 7 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, American blues singer
  • Apr 9 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Apr 9 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor, born in Luzern, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • Apr 9 Carl Perkins, American rockabilly singer and songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • Apr 9 Cheetah [Cheeta, Cheta, Chita], chimpanzee actor (1930s Tarzan franchise), is born (d. 2011)
  • Apr 9 Jim Fowler, American naturalist (Wild Kingdom), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Apr 9 Paul Krassner, American comic strip cartoonist (MAD Magazine) and founder (Yippies), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 9 Peter Moores, British businessman and director (Littlewoods), born in Lancashire, England (d. 2016)
  • Apr 9 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Degtyaryov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Voronezh, Russia
  • Apr 10 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 2000)
  • Apr 10 Delphine Seyrig, French actress (Freak Orlando, Reperages), born in Beirut Lebanon (d. 1990)
  • Apr 10 Hari Rhodes, American actor (Mike-Daktari, Roots), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • Apr 10 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, born in Bombay (d. 2017)
  • Apr 10 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mays Landing, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • Apr 10 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes for You"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • Apr 10 Omar Sharif [Michel Dimitri Shalhoub], Egyptian actor (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Alexandria (d. 2015)
  • Apr 11 Francis G. Neubeck, USAF pilot and astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 11 Joel Grey [Katz], American Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning actor and singer (Cabaret; Remo Williams; 7% Solution), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 11 Max Schubel, American composer (Opus One Records), born in New York (d. 2010)
  • Apr 12 Dennis Banks, American activist (leader of the American Indian Movement), born in Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • Apr 12 Henri Lazarof, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 Jack Gelber, American playwright (The Connection, Apple), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Apr 12 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 Tiny Tim [Herbert Khaury], American singer and ukulele player ("Tiptoe Through The Tulips"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 13 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • Apr 13 Karl Kroeger, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 13 Orlando Letelier, Chilean economist and politician, born in Temuco, Chile (d. 1976)
  • Apr 14 Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), born in Kelowna, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • Apr 14 Bob Grant [Robert St Clair Grant], British actor, comedian and writer (on the Buses), born in Hammersmith, London (d. 2003)

Loretta Lynn

Apr 14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter ("Coal Miner's Daughter"; "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man"), born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky (d. 2022)

  • Apr 15 Nikolai Porvatkin, Russian cosmonaut, born in Vozdvizhenka, Saratov Oblast (d. 2009)
  • Apr 16 Goopy Geer, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Rudolf Ising (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Goopy Geer"
  • Apr 16 Imre Polyák, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964), born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 2010)
  • Apr 16 Vince Hill, English pop singer ("Roses of Picardy"; "La Vie en Rose"), born in Holbrooks, Coventry, England
  • Apr 17 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Apr 17 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer, born in Turin, Italy
  • Apr 17 Han J. A. Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!)
  • Apr 19 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2009)

Fernando Botero

Apr 19 Fernando Botero, Colombian figurative artist and sculptor known for depicting people in exaggerated large sizes, born in Medellín, Colombia

  • Apr 20 Gerry Granahan, American rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont's), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 21 Angela Mortimer, British tennis player (French C'ships 1955, Australian C'ships 1958, Wimbledon 1961), born in Plymouth, England
  • Apr 21 Elaine May, American comedienne, writer and actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 21 Slide Hampton [Locksley Wellington Hampton], American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, born in Jeanette, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Apr 22 Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer ("Déjà vu" - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1978), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • Apr 23 Halston [Roy Halston Frowick], American fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • Apr 23 Jim Fixx, American jogger and writer (Jim Fixx on Running), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Apr 24 Coen Flink, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943, Havinck, Honneponnetje), born in Amsterdam (d. 2000)
  • Apr 24 Vladimir Yengibaryan, Armenian boxer (Olympic gold light welterweight 1956), born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 2013)
  • Apr 25 (Meadow) "Meadowlark" Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters, 1955-80, 1990, and 3 other teams), and clergyman, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Apr 25 Lia Manoliu, Romanian discus thrower (Olympic gold 1968), born in Chişinău, Romania (d. 1998)
  • Apr 25 William Roache, British actor (Ken Barlow-Coronation Street), born in Basford, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Apr 26 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (d. 2018)
  • Apr 26 Michael Smith, English-Canadian biochemist (Nobel 1993- Site-directed mutagenesis), born in Blackpool, England (d. 2000)
  • Apr 27 Anouk Aimée, French actress (A Man and A Woman), born in Paris

Casey Kasem

Apr 27 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)

  • Apr 27 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • Apr 27 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Apr 27 François Bayle, French electronic music composer, born in Toamasina, Madagascar
  • Apr 27 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician and philosopher, born in Vigevano, Italy (d. 1999)
  • Apr 27 Petar Ozgijan, Yugoslav composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1979)
  • Apr 27 Roelof "Pik" Botha, South African minister of Foreign affairs, born in Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Apr 28 Marek Kopelent, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 29 King Hu, Chinese film director and actor (wuxia films), born in Beijing, Republic of China (d. 1997)
  • Apr 29 Yevgeni Alekseyevich Zaikin, Russian cosmonaut (Voshkod 2 backup)
  • Apr 30 Antón Larrauri, Spanish composer, born in Bilbao, Spain

Famous Weddings

Donald Bradman

Apr 30 Australian Test cricket batsman Don Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Bill Pickett, American rodeo performer (invented bulldogging), dies after being kicked in the head by a bronco at 61
  • Apr 2 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 2 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • Apr 4 Ottokar Czernin, Austro-Hungarian diplomat (Imperial Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary) and politician, dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Wilhelm Ostwald, Baltic German physical chemist (Nobel Prize - 1909), dies at 78
  • Apr 7 Erv A Kelley, US policeman, shot to death by Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Apr 10 André Baillon, Belgian-French author (& sabots), dies at 56
  • Apr 13 Johannes T de Visser, 1st Dutch Min of Education, dies at 75 [or 14th]
  • Apr 17 Patrick Geddes, Scottish biologist and town planner who coined the term conurbation, dies at 77
  • Apr 19 Władysław Rzepko, Polish composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician and glottologist, dies at 73
  • Apr 26 Bill Lockwood, English cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 43 wickets, BB 7/71, 1 x 50; Surrey CCC), dies at 64
  • Apr 27 Hart Crane, American poet (The Bridge), commits suicide at 32 by jumping overboard into the Gulf of Mexico