What Happened in April 1932

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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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

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

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet

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

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • Apr 19 36th Boston Marathon won by Paul de Bruyn of Germany in 2:33:36.4

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Apr 19 President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week

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

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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 23 153-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

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Alexander Colleridge Vanderpuiye Baka Tetteh-Lartey, actor
  • Apr 1 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Apr 1 Gordon Jump, actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Apr 1 Jiri Smutny, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Apr 2 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (68 wkts in 27 Tests)
  • Apr 3 Janet Bately, Prof of English Language (King's College London)
  • Apr 3 Nourse, British lord justice
  • Apr 4 Andrei Tarkovski, Russian director (Solaris, Stalker)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 4 Anthony Perkins, American actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 4 Bapu Nadkarni, cricketer (economical Indian slow left-armer 1956-68)
  • Apr 4 Richard G Lugar, (Sen-R-IN, 1977- )
  • Apr 4 Clive Davis, American record producer
  • Apr 4 Estelle Harris, American actress
  • Apr 4 Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), born in Zavrazhye, Yuryevetsky District, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1986)
  • Apr 5 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter
  • Apr 7 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger
  • Apr 9 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Apr 9 Jim Fowler, naturalist (Wild Kingdom), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Apr 9 Paul Krassner, comic strip cartoonist (MAD Magazine)/founder (Yippies)
  • Apr 9 Peter Moores, director (Littlewoods)
  • Apr 9 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Degtyaryov, cosmonaut
  • Apr 9 Jim Fowler, American zoologist
  • Apr 9 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (d. 2006)
  • Apr 9 Cheeta, chimpanzee actor
  • Apr 10 Adrian Henri, poet/president (Liverpool Academy of Arts)
  • Apr 10 Delphine Seyrig, French actress (Freak Orlando, Reperages) born in Beirut Lebanon
  • Apr 10 Hari Rhodes, actor (Mike-Daktari, Roots), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 10 Mae Heriwentha Faggs Starr, NJ, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Apr 10 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - ''I Only Have Eyes for You.''), (d. 1984)
  • Apr 10 Omar Sharif, [Michael Shalhoub], Egyptian actor (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Alexandria (d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, born in Bombay (d. 2017)
  • Apr 11 F Gregory Neubeck, USAF pilot
  • Apr 11 Joel Grey, [Joe Katz], American actor (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 Henri Lazarof, composer
  • Apr 12 Jack Gelber, American playwright (Connection, Apple)
  • Apr 12 Dennis Banks, American activist
  • Apr 12 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 Tiny Tim [ Herbert Khaury], New York, musician, (d. 1996)
  • Apr 13 Barney Simon, theatre director/writer
  • Apr 13 Karl Kroeger, composer
  • Apr 13 Orlando Letelier, Chilean politician (d. 1976)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter (Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Butcher's Hollow Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • Apr 14 Bob Grant, English actor (d. 2003)
  • Apr 15 David Bolton, director (British Royal United Service for Defense)
  • Apr 15 Nikolai Stepanovich Porvatkin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 16 Imre Polyak, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Apr 16 Vince Hill, singer (Roses of Picardy, La Vie en Rose)
  • Apr 17 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • Apr 17 Han J A Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!)
  • Apr 17 Ramsay Melhuish, diplomat
  • Apr 18 Dominic Milroy, OSB/headmaster (Ampleforth College England)
  • Apr 19 Andrea Mead Lawrence, Rutland Vt, alpine slalom skier (Olympic 2 gold-52)
  • Apr 21 Angela Mortimer, English tennis player, Wimbledon)
  • Apr 21 Elaine May, American comedienne/writer/actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 22 Michael Colgrass, composer (Best Wishes), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 23 Halston, [R Halston Frowick], fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame)
  • Apr 23 Jim Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running)
  • Apr 24 Coen[rad] Flink, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943, Havinck, Honneponnetje)
  • Apr 24 Vladimir Yengibaryan, Yerevan, Armenia, welterweight boxer (Olympic gold, 1956), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 25 Lia Manoliu, Romania, discus thrower (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Apr 25 Meadowlark Lemmon, basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Apr 25 William Roache, England, actor (Ken Barlow-Coronation Street)
  • Apr 26 Francis Lai, French film music composer
  • Apr 26 Michael Smith, English-born chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)

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Apr 27 Casey Kasem, radio personality (American Top 40), born in Detroit, Michigan

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • Apr 27 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Apr 27 Chuck Knox, NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks)
  • Apr 27 Francois Bayle, composer
  • Apr 27 Maxine Brown, country music singer (Browns), born in Campti, Louisiana
  • Apr 27 Petar Ozgijan, composer
  • Apr 27 Anouk Aimée, French actress
  • Apr 27 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born mathematician and philosopher (d. 1999)
  • Apr 28 Marek Kopelent, composer
  • Apr 29 King Hu, film director
  • Apr 29 Yevgeni Alekseyevich Zaikin, Russian cosmonaut (Voshkod 2 backup)
  • Apr 30 Anton Larrauri, composer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Cricketer Donald Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 2 Bill Pickett, American cowboy and rodeo performer who invented bulldogging, dies after being kicked in the head by a bronco at 61
  • Apr 4 Ottokar T Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Austrian minister, dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Wilhelm Ostwald, physical chemist (Nobel 1909), dies
  • Apr 7 Erv A Kelley, US policeman, shot to death by Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Apr 10 Andre 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 19 Wladyslaw Rzepko, composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Peano, mathematician, dies
  • Apr 26 Bill Lockwood, cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • Apr 27 Harold "Heart" Crane, US poet (Bridge), commits suicide at 32
  • Apr 27 Hart Crane, American poet (The Bridge), dies at 32