On This Day

What Happened in August 1932

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 George Washington quarter goes into circulation

Famous Photo

Aug 2 Carl David Anderson discovers and photographs a positron, the first known antiparticle

  • Aug 3 Official automatic timing & photo-finish camera for track events is used for the 1st time at Los Angeles Olympics, instrumental in changing 110m hurdles final, review gives Donald Finley bronze ahead of American Jack Keller

Historic Event

Aug 5 Clyde Barrow and two associates kill Sheriff C.G. Maxwell and his deputy, Eugene C. Moore, the first time the Barrow gang kills a lawman

  • Aug 6 1st Venice Film Festival opens, the world's oldest film festival
  • Aug 10 A 5.1-kg (11.2-pound) chondrite-type meteorite breaks into at least seven pieces and lands near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.

Historic Event

Aug 13 Adolf Hitler refuses President von Hindenburg's proposal to become vice-chancellor of Germany

  • Aug 13 Yankees hurler Red Ruffing becomes first MLB pitcher since 1906 to hit an extra-inning, game-winning home run in NY's 1-0 win over the Senators in Washington
  • Aug 14 X Summer Olympic Games close in Los Angeles, USA
  • Aug 14 Brooklyn Dodgers reliever John Quinn, 49, becomes oldest pitcher to win a MLB game in a 2-1, 10th inning victory over NY Giants at the Polo Grounds
  • Aug 14 Philips makes 1 millionth radio
  • Aug 18 Auguste Piccard and Max Cosyns reach 16,201m in a balloon launched from Dübendorf, Switzerland
  • Aug 18 Englishman James Mollisson is 1st to fly east to west over Atlantic
  • Aug 19 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin Babcock Stark 6-2, 6-2 for her first of 4 straight US singles crowns
  • Aug 21 Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons
  • Aug 22 BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts

Historic Event

Aug 24 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart

  • Aug 25 Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight
  • Aug 27 200,000 English textile workers strike
  • Aug 27 International anti-war congress opens in Amsterdam
  • Aug 29 International Anti-War Committee forms in Amsterdam
  • Aug 29 United Cigar Stores shuts 800 shops

Election of Interest

Aug 30 Hermann Goering elected Chairman of the Reichstag


Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Meir Kahane, American founder of the Jewish Defense League, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • Aug 1 Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (Parineeta), born in Dadar, Mumbai, India (d. 1972)
  • Aug 2 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • Aug 2 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2015)

Peter O'Toole

Aug 2 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Leeds (d. 2013)

  • Aug 2 Leo Boivin, Canadian Hockey HOF defenceman (Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs) and coach (St. Louis Blues), born in Prescott, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Aug 5 Sister Vince Otto, American mental health activist (Vince)
  • Aug 5 Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer, born in Velsen, Netherlands (d.1996)
  • Aug 6 Anneli Sauli [Savolainen], Finnish actress (Milkmaid), born in Pyhäjoki, Finland
  • Aug 6 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, born in London (d. 2017)
  • Aug 7 Maurice Rabb Jr., American ophthalmologist, born in Shelbyville, Kentucky (d. 2005)
  • Aug 7 Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2011)

Abebe Bikila

Aug 7 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, born in Jato, Ethiopian Empire (d. 1973)

  • Aug 8 (Lonnie Melvin) "Mel" Tillis, American country singer ("Who's Julie"; "M-M-Mel"), born in Pahokee, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Aug 8 Luis García Meza Tejada, Bolivian dictator
  • Aug 9 John Gomery, Canadian jurist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 10 Alexander Goehr, composer
  • Aug 10 Trudy Pitts, American jazz Hammond B-3 organist, pianist, and vocalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Angela Rumbold, British politician (C), born in Bristol (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Fernando Arrabal, Spanish song/romance writer (Baal Babilonia)
  • Aug 11 Geoffrey Cass, CEO (Cambridge U Press)
  • Aug 11 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, born in Poolsbrook, Derbyshire (d. 2008)
  • Aug 11 Sam McCluskie, trade unionist
  • Aug 11 Wilson "Papa" Godett, Curacaos worker's union leader/boxer
  • Aug 11 Israel Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (d. 2003)
  • Aug 11 John Gorrie, English director
  • Aug 12 Queen Ferekit, of Thailand (Queens Day)
  • Aug 12 Sergey Mikhaylovich Slonimsky, composer
  • Aug 12 Charlie O'Donnell, American game show announcer (Wheel of Fortune), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Aug 14 James V. Hansen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2018)
  • Aug 14 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Aug 14 Barry Frank, American television sports impresario (CBS, ABC and IMG), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Aug 15 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and sci-fi writer (Dragon's Egg, Starquake), born in Geneva, NY (d. 2002)
  • Aug 16 Jon Lindbergh, 2nd son of aviator Charles Lindbergh

V. S. Naipaul

Aug 17 V.S. Naipaul, British novelist (Middle Passage), born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2018)

  • Aug 18 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), born in Budapest. Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Aug 18 Luc Montagnier, French virologist (Nobel Prize 2008, discovered HIV), born in Chabris, France
  • Aug 19 Thomas P. Salmon, American politician, 75th Governor of Vermont (1973-77), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 19 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), born in Suphanburi, Thailand (d. 2016)
  • Aug 20 Anthony Ainley, British actor (Doctor Who), born in Stanmore, Middlesex (d. 2004)
  • Aug 20 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), born in Kazan, Soviet Union (d. 2009)
  • Aug 20 Atholl Mckinnon, South African cricket spin bowler (8 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1983)

Melvin Van Peebles

Aug 21 Melvin Van Peebles, American stage and screen actor, director (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; Sophisticated Gent), composer, and novelist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2021)

  • Aug 22 Gerald P Carr, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 22 Theoni Vachliotis Aldredge, Greek-American award-winning costume designer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 2011)
  • Aug 23 Mark Russell, American political satirist and pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 24 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer (Three Miró Pieces; Voss), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2009)
  • Aug 24 Robert D. Hales, LDS Church apostle, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 25 Anatoli Yakovlevich Kartashov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Sadovoye, Russia (d. 2005)
  • Aug 26 Joe H. Engle, American USAF Major General, test pilot (X-15), and NASA astronaut (STS-2; STS-51-I), born in Chapman, Kansas
  • Aug 27 Antonia Fraser, British author and biographer (Mary Queen of Scots), born in London, England
  • Aug 27 François Glorieux, Flemish pianist and composer, born in Courtrai, Belgium
  • Aug 27 Mikhail Nikolayevich Burdayev, Feodosina Krim, Russian cosmonaut
  • Aug 28 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • Aug 28 Carlene Polite, American dancer, activist and author (Sister X), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Aug 31 Benito Wogatzki, writer
  • Aug 31 Robert [Franklin] Adams, American sci-fi author (Castaways in Time)
  • Aug 31 Roy Castle, English dancer and television entertainer (Record Breakers), born in Scholes, Yorkshire (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 3 Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill; divorce in 1949

Bette Davis

Aug 18 Actress Bette Davis (24) weds musician Harmon Nelson (25)


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Arnold Fothergill, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 8 wickets. BB 4/19; Somerset CCC, MCC), dies at 77
  • Aug 2 Dan Brouthers, American baseball first baseman (first great slugger in history; 4×NL batting champion; Buffalo Bisons, Detroit Wolverines, Boston Beaneaters, Brooklyn Grooms), dies at 74
  • Aug 5 Israël Querido, Dutch writer (Jordan), dies at 59
  • Aug 9 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, dies after a three-month illness at 69
  • Aug 10 Rin Tin Tin, American Hollywood shepherd dog (Clash of the Wolves), dies at 13
  • Aug 20 Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 20 Paul Keller, German writer (Vergrabenes Gut), dies at 59
  • Aug 20 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 21 Frederick Corder, British composer (The Nabob's Pickle), dies at 80
  • Aug 24 Gheorghe Cucu, Romanian composer, dies at 50
  • Aug 30 Willem Marinus van Rossum, Dutch cardinal and prefect of Propaganda Fide, dies at 77