On This Day

What Happened in February 1932

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Australian cricket's master batsman Don Bradman scores 299 not out in 10 wicket 4th Test win vs South Africa in Adelaide; runs out of partners going for 300

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 2 Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
  • Feb 2 Grimmett takes 14 wickets v South Africa (7-116 & 7-83)
  • Feb 2 Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) organized in the US to provide financial support to state and local governments and to make loans to banks, railroads, mortgage associations and other businesses

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 3 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • Feb 4 III Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 4 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • Feb 5 American speed skater Jack Shea wins the 1,500m at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; clinches sprint double after also taking out the 500m
  • Feb 6 1st Olympic dog sled race at Lake Placid, New York (demonstration sport)
  • Feb 6 Fascist coup in the Memel territory
  • Feb 8 American speed skater Irving Jaffee wins the 10,000m at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; clinches distance double after also taking out the 5,000m
  • Feb 9 USA enters Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
  • Feb 9 US airship Columbia crashes during storm (Flushing, NY)
  • Feb 10 Sweden goes 1-2 in the 18k cross country event at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; Sven Utterström wins gold ahead of team mate Axel Wikström
  • Feb 11 73°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February
  • Feb 11 Johan Grøttumsbraaten leads a Norwegian medal sweep of the Nordic combined event at the Lake Placid Games; retains combined title after also winning in St. Moritz

  • Feb 12 Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees
  • Feb 12 Sonja Henie of Norway wins her 2nd of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in women’s figure skating at the Lake Placid Winter Games; beats Austria’s Fritzi Burger into 2nd place for 2nd straight Games
  • Feb 12 World champion French husband and wife team Pierrre and Andrée Brunet win their 2nd consecutive Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the Lake Placid Games
  • Feb 12 Karl Schäfer of Austria wins the first of 2 consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Games in the United States
  • Feb 13 "Free Eats" introduces George "Spanky" McFarland to "Our Gang"
  • Feb 13 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Coral McInnes Buttsworth retains title; beats Kathrine Le Mesurier 9-7, 6-4
  • Feb 13 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Jack Crawford retains title and repeats previous year's win over Harry Hopman 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • Feb 13 A 2-2 final round tie with the US is good enough for Canada to clinch its 4th consecutive Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Lake Placid; Canadian center Walter Monson is tournament top scorer with 11 points
  • Feb 13 Finland goes 1-2 in the 50k cross country event at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; Veli Saarinen wins gold ahead of team mate Väinö Liikkanen
  • Feb 14 South Africa all out for 36 in 1st innings v Australia (Ironmonger 5-6)
  • Feb 15 III Winter Olympic Games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 15 Australia beat South Africa in cricket by an innings in 5 hrs 53 min playing time
  • Feb 15 George Burns & Gracie Allen debut as regulars on the "Guy Lombardo Show"
  • Feb 15 John Van Druten's "There's Always Juliet" premieres in NYC

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Feb 15 As a member of gold medal winning US 4-man bobsleigh team at Lake Placid, Eddie Eagan (boxing gold Antwerp 1920) becomes only Olympian to win gold medals at both summer & winter Games in different sports

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • Feb 15 American brothers Hubert and Curtis Stevens beat the 8-nation field to win the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • Feb 16 1st patent for a tree issued to James Markham for a peach tree

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 17 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Feb 18 Japan declares Manchuria independent
  • Feb 18 Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title
  • Feb 18 Japan proclaims and names Manchukuo state in north east China

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Feb 19 William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner

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Feb 20 Pierre Laval's first French government falls

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • Feb 20 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China
  • Feb 21 Andre Tardieu becomes Premier of France
  • Feb 21 Camera exposure meter patented, WN Goodwin
  • Feb 22 Purple Heart (the Badge of Military Merit) award reinstituted
  • Feb 24 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 253.96 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida

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Feb 25 Austrian immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 27 Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA leaves 38 dead
  • Feb 29 Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland
  • Feb 29 TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William "Alfalfa" Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 John Hart, American TV journalist (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 1 John Nott, British policitican(C), Secretary of State for Defence during Falkland War, born in Bideford, Devon
  • Feb 2 Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom "Soap", born in Clever, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Feb 3 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 2013)
  • Feb 3 Maria Itkina, USSR, sprinter (9 world records)
  • Feb 3 Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • Feb 4 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • Feb 5 Cesare Maldini - Italian footballer and manager
  • Feb 6 Francois Truffaut, French director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • Feb 6 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1959)
  • Feb 7 Alfred M. Worden, American Colonel USAF, NASA astronaut (Apollo 15), born in Jackson, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • Feb 7 Gay Talese, author (Honor Thy Father)
  • Feb 8 Jan H Christiaanse, president Dutch political party (CDA)

Person of interestJohn Williams

Feb 8 John Williams, American composer responsible for some of the most recognizable film scores (Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, India Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in NYC, New York

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • Feb 9 Tatsuro Hirooka, Japanese baseball player
  • Feb 9 Gerhard Richter, German painter
  • Feb 10 Donald Hilton, Moderator (General Assembly of United Reformed Church)
  • Feb 10 Rockin Dopsie Sr, [Alton Jay Rubin], American Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), born in Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • Feb 11 Dennis Skinner, British politician (L), Chairman of the Labour Party (1988-89), born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire
  • Feb 11 Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Lincoln Kilpatrick, American actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2004)
  • Feb 12 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • Feb 13 Susan Oliver, American actress (Ann-Peyton Place, Star Trek-Cage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • Feb 14 Alexander Kluge, German author and film director (Yesterday Girl), born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony
  • Feb 14 Jack Hibbert, director (Central Statistical Office)
  • Feb 14 Jocelyn Stevens, CEO (English Heritage)
  • Feb 14 Michael Ball, Bishop (Truro)
  • Feb 14 Peter Ball, Bishop (Gloucester)
  • Feb 14 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • Feb 14 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner, constructer (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Feb 15 Adrian Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
  • Feb 16 Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli writer, born in Jadova Commune, Kingdom of Romania
  • Feb 16 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer and animal rights activist (Silk Stockings), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/TV-host
  • Feb 16 Otis Blackwell, composer/singer
  • Feb 16 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Feb 16 Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, President of Sierra Leone
  • Feb 17 Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)
  • Feb 18 Miloš Forman, Czech-American award-winning director (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus, The Firemen's Ball), born in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia (d. 2018)
  • Feb 18 Duane Michals, American photographer (Sequences, The journey of the spirit after death), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 19 Joseph P Kerwin, Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Feb 20 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 22 Ted Kennedy, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009 ), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 23 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Feb 24 Andrew Jacobs Jr, American politician (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75-97), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2013)
  • Feb 24 Everard Goodman, English real estate developer (TOPS Estates)
  • Feb 24 John Vernon [Adolphus Agopsowicz], Canadian actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry), born in Zehner, Saskatchewan (d. 2005)
  • Feb 24 Michel Legrand, French composer and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), born in Paris, France (d. 2019)
  • Feb 25 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Laurence New, Major-General
  • Feb 25 Martin William Karlins, composer
  • Feb 25 Tony Brooks, English auto racer (F1 World C'ship third 1958, runner-up 1959; 6 x F1 wins), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England

Person of interestJohnny Cash

Feb 26 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Feb 27 Dolf Zwerver, Dutch painter

Person of interestElizabeth Taylor

Feb 27 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian (Father of the Bride, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra), born in London, England (d. 2011)

  • Feb 27 Lord Young of Graffham, CEO (Cables & Wireless)
  • Feb 28 Brian Moore, British sports commentator (BBC Radio, London Weekend Television 'The Big Match'), born in Benenden, Kent, England (d. 2001)
  • Feb 28 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 29 Gavin Stevens, Australian cricket batsman (4 Tests), born in Glenelg, South Australia
  • Feb 29 Jaguar [Sérgio Jaguaribe ], Brazilian cartoonist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 29 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • Feb 29 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • Feb 29 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 1 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader

MurderMad Dog Coll

Feb 8 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, Irish-American mob hitman, murdered at 23 by the Dutch Schultz gang

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • Feb 9 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered

Person of interestEdgar Wallace

Feb 10 Edgar Wallace, English novelist, playwright and journalist (The Terror, The Four Just Men) who created King Kong, dies of diabetes at 76

  • Feb 15 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), dies at 66
  • Feb 16 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  • Feb 17 Franz Gailliard, Belgian painter and graphic artist (Egina), dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Frederick Augustus III, last King of Saxony (1904-18), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, dies at 88
  • Feb 28 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)