On This Day

What Happened in December 1932

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network
  • Dec 2 Australia ends Day 1 of controversial 'Bodyline' cricket series v England at 290/6 in Sydney; Stan McCabe 127no (finishes at 187no); notorious England fast bowler Harold Larwood takes 4 wickets; England wins by 10 wickets
  • Dec 3 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Hamilton Tigers defeat Regina Roughriders, 25-6 for their 5th Championship
  • Dec 3 Gen Kurt von Schleicher becomes chancellor of Germany
  • Dec 4 Kurt von Schleicher succeeds Franz von Papen as Reich Chancellor of Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Dec 7 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY
  • Dec 10 King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution
  • Dec 10 The "Great Emu War" ends: Emu's surprising resilience to bullets led to Emu victory over Australian military in Campion district, Western Australia
  • Dec 11 San Francisco's coldest day (27°F) - it snows
  • Dec 12 S N Behrman's "Biography" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 12 USSR & China resume diplomatic relations
  • Dec 14 French government of Herriot falls
  • Dec 17 Cards trade Jim Bottomley to Reds for Estel Crabtree & Ownie Carroll
  • Dec 18 National Football League Championship; Playoff, Chicago Stadium: Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans, 9-0
  • Dec 19 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
  • Dec 20 Queensland all out 74 v Victoria, Ironmonger (age 50) 7-13
  • Dec 21 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 22 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 22 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film

  • Dec 24 Arturo Alessandri wins presidental election in Chile
  • Dec 25 7.6 magnitude earthquake ravages Qansu, China, kills 275

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 During King George V's Christmas dinner speech his chair collapes

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • Dec 27 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 Bradman out for a duck v England at cricket MCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 31 John P O'Brien sworn-in as mayor of NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Robert T Herres, USAF/astronaut, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 1 Matt Monro, English singer (d. 1985)
  • Dec 3 Corry Brokken, Dutch singer (1957 Eurovision)
  • Dec 4 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, born in Puno, Peru (d. 2010)
  • Dec 4 Joanne Battiste, artist (heroines) (d. 2009)
  • Dec 4 Roh Tae-Woo, 6th President South Korea (1988-93), born in Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
  • Dec 5 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Dec 5 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Dec 5 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, born in Khunzakhsky District, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • Dec 5 Sheldon Lee Glashow, American theoretical physicist (Electroweak theory, Georgi–Glashow model), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestEllen Burstyn

Dec 7 Ellen Burstyn, American actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here), born in Detroit, Michigan

Actress Ellen Burstyn
Actress
Ellen Burstyn
  • Dec 7 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son), born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • Dec 7 Paul Caponigro, American photographer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 7 François Lafortune Jr., Belgian shooter (competed at 7 Olympic Games 1952-1976, 50m Rifle, Prone Position), born in Visé, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • Dec 9 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • Dec 9 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Dec 10 Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K, born in Scotland (d. 2003)
  • Dec 11 Wynn Irwin, American actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)

Person of interestBob Pettit

Dec 12 Bob Pettit, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1956, 59), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • Dec 14 Abbe Lane, American singer and wife of Xavier Cugat (Xavier Cugat Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 14 Charlie Rich, American country vocalist (Behind Closed Doors), born in Colt, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • Dec 14 George Furth, American actor and director (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Dec 14 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, born in Luluabourg, Central Congo (d. 2017)
  • Dec 15 Elaine Barkin, American composer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 15 Igor Stuhec, Slovenian composer, born in Kremberk
  • Dec 16 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, composer (Humpback Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 16 Quentin Blake, English illustrator, British Children's Laureate (1999-2001), born in Sidcup, England
  • Dec 18 Roger Smith, American actor (77 Sunset Strip), born in South Gate, California (d. 2017)
  • Dec 19 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer
  • Dec 20 John Hillerman, American actor (Magnum PI, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), born in Denison, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Dec 21 Ilja Zeljenka, Slovak composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Dec 21 Edward Hoagland, American essayist, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 22 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • Dec 23 Tertius Metcalf, English businessman, born in Essex, England (d. 1996)
  • Dec 24 Colin Cowdrey CBE, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), born in Udagamandalam, India (d. 2000)
  • Dec 24 On Kawara, Japanese conceptual artist, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 2014)
  • Dec 24 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex (d. 2015)
  • Dec 25 Jose Maria Capricorne, Curacaos graphically designer/painter
  • Dec 25 Peter John Swales, football club chairman
  • Dec 26 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter
  • Dec 26 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), born in Condobolin, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Dec 28 Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
  • Dec 28 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • Dec 28 Manuel Puig, Argentina, writer (Blood of Requited Love)
  • Dec 28 Roy Hattersley, British journalist/Labour-parliament leader
  • Dec 28 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (d. 2002)
  • Dec 28 Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer (Uhura in Star Trek), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • Dec 28 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • Dec 29 Inga Swenson, American actress (Gretchen-Benson), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 31 George Schlatter, American television producer & director (Laugh-in), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 5 "East of Eden" director Elia Kazan (23) weds playwright Molly Day Thatcher (25)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Civil rights activist Rosa McCauley (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 4 Gustav Meyrink, writer, dies at 64
  • Dec 12 Egon Richter, writer, dies
  • Dec 13 Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (b. 1853)
  • Dec 18 Eduard "Ede" Bernstein, German marxist/revisionist, dies at 82
  • Dec 19 Yoon Bong-Gil, Korean activist (b. 1908)
  • Dec 24 Eyvind Alnaes, Norwegian composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 28 John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies
  • Dec 28 Malcolm Whitman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1898-1900), dies of suicide at 55