On This Day

What Happened in January 1932

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Jacob Cocey Sr chosen as Mayor of Massillon, Ohio

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jan 1 Rasse und Siedlungshauptamt publishes Himmler's wedding laws

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • Jan 1 The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.
  • Jan 1 18th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Tulane, 21-12
  • Jan 2 Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri
  • Jan 3 Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop revolt by banana workers fired by United Fruit.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 British Viceroy of India Lord Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Jan 4 State of siege proclaimed in Honduras
  • Jan 7 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich
  • Jan 8 Ratification of present SF City Charter
  • Jan 10 "Mickey Mouse" & "Silly Symphony" comics syndicated
  • Jan 10 "Pete the Tramp" cartoon strip by C D Russell debuts
  • Jan 12 Hattie W Caraway elected 1st woman senator (D-Ark)
  • Jan 12 Philip Barry's "Animal Kingdom" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 14 1st totalisator (to record racetrack bets) in US installed, Hialeah

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 14 Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his 1st race

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • Jan 19 Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game
  • Jan 21 USSR and Finland stop non-attack treaty
  • Jan 23 El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers
  • Jan 25 1st commencement exercises at Hebrew U in Jerusalem
  • Jan 26 British submarine M-2 sinks in English Channel (60 dead)
  • Jan 26 KUT-AM in Austin Texas changes call letters to KNOW
  • Jan 28 1st US state unemployment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin)
  • Jan 28 Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
  • Jan 29 Test debut of Bill O'Reilly, vs South Africa at Adelaide
  • Jan 30 Grimmett 7-116 in South Africa 1st innings at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 31 US railway unions accept 10% wage reduction

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Arnfried G D P, Dutch manufacturer (breadcrumbs)/drugs dealer
  • Jan 1 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • Jan 2 Dabney Coleman, ((Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Mayor Jeeter"; Buffalo Bill; Boardwalk Empire), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 2 Harchand Singh Longowai [Sant Ji], Indian Sikh leader and President of the Akali Dal during the Punjab insurgency of the 1980s, British India (d. 1985) [1]
  • Jan 3 Anatoli Petrovich Kuklin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 3 Jaswick Taylor, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; 5/109 in Test debut 1958), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1999)
  • Jan 3 Mara Corday [Marilyn Joan Watts], American actress, model and Playboy Playmate (Foxfire, Black Scorpion), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 3 Coo Coo Marlin, American auto racer (NASCAR nine top 5, 51 top 10 finishes in 165 Winston Cup starts), born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)
  • Jan 4 Richard Stahl, American actor (Howard-It's a Living), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • Jan 4 Carlos Saura, Spanish director

Person of interestChuck Noll

Jan 5 Chuck Noll, American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • Jan 5 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher & author (Name of the Rose), born in Alessandria, Piedmont (d. 2016)
  • Jan 6 Stuart A. Rice, American chemist, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 7 Joe Berinson, Australian politician
  • Jan 7 Tormod Knutsen, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold individual 1964, silver 1960), born in Eidsvoll, Norway (d. 2021)
  • Jan 9 Jane Ross [Breslaw], American actress (Star Trek, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Wild Is My Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • Jan 10 Elaine Devry [Thelma Mahnken], American actress (The Atomic Kid, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf), born in Compton, California
  • Jan 10 Lou Henson, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (all-time leader in victories University of Illinois and New Mexico State), born in Okay, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • Jan 11 Alfonso Arau, Mexican film director
  • Jan 12 Alain Teister, Dutch writer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • Jan 12 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, born in Stepney, London (d. 2020)
  • Jan 12 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2015)
  • Jan 14 Harriet Andersson, Swedish actress (Cries & Whispers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan 14 Don Garlits, American racing driver (1st drag racer over 200mph for 1/4 mile), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer & singer, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Jan 15 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • Jan 15 Enrique Raxach, Dutch composer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 15 Lou Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1956), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 16 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • Jan 16 Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Jan 18 Robert Anton Wilson, American sci-fi author (Trick Top Hat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jan 19 Joe Schmidt, College/Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (10 x Pro Bowl; 8 x First-team All-Pro; NFL C'ship 1953, 57; Detroit Lions) and coach (Detroit Lions 1967-72), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 19 Richard Lester, movie director (Hard Day's Night, Help!, Petulia)
  • Jan 20 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 20 Frank Arok AM, Yugoslavian-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1983-89), born in Kanjiža, Serbia (d. 2021)
  • Jan 21 Boris Shakhlin, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1956-60-64)
  • Jan 21 John Chaney, American Basketball Hall of Fame college coach (Cheyney University, Temple University), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2021)
  • Jan 22 Piper Laurie [Rosetta Jacobs], American actress (Twin Peaks, Carrie, The Hustler), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 22 Berthold Grünfeld, Norwegian psychiatrist and former sexologist
  • Jan 23 Bud Shuster, American politician (Rep-R-PA, 1973- ), born in Glassport, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2020)
  • Jan 25 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), born in Union Church, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • Jan 26 Christopher Price, Director (Leeds Metropolitan U)
  • Jan 26 George H Clements, first Roman Catholic Priest to adopt a child.
  • Jan 26 Ronald Allison, British author/broadcaster
  • Jan 26 Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Jamaican record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2004)
  • Jan 27 Neville Trotter, British MP
  • Jan 28 David Thompson, CEO (Gestetner Holdings)
  • Jan 28 Thomas J Bliley Jr, (Rep-R-VA, 1981- )
  • Jan 28 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 28 David Hennessy, Lord Windlesham, British peer and TV executive, Leader of the House of Lords (1973-4) (d. 2010)
  • Jan 29 Raman Subba Row, CEO (Test/County Cricket Board)
  • Jan 29 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Smithies, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • Jan 29 George Allen, English footballer
  • Jan 30 Kazuo Inamori, Japanese business executive (Kyocera Ceramics Co), born in Yakushi, Japan
  • Jan 30 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian & politician, born in Kobe, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Jan 30 Vladimír Heger, Czech basketball coach (Czechoslovakia 1965-69, 72-76; Netherlands 1983-85), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2021)
  • Jan 31 Pieter Brattinga, Dutch graphic artist
  • Jan 31 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), born in Forest Grove, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Jan 31 [Anna] Ottilie Patterson, Irish blues and jazz singer (Chris Barber Jazz Band), born in Comber, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 C. P. Scott, British journalist, publisher and politician, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor (A Chique Little Boy, Bright Paradise), dies at 60
  • Jan 8 Eurosia Fabris, Italian Catholic (model of holiness in the daily life of a Catholic family), dies at 65
  • Jan 13 Sophia of Prussia, Queen consort of Constantine I of Greece, dies at 61
  • Jan 15 Georg Kerschensteiner, German educationalist, dies at 77
  • Jan 17 Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)
  • Jan 21 [Giles] Lytton Strachey, English biographer and critic, dies at 51
  • Jan 24 Alfred Yarrow, English shipbuilder (b. 1842)
  • Jan 26 William K Wrigley, owner (Wrigley Gum, Chicago Cubs), dies
  • Jan 28 Franz Xavier Arens, composer, dies at 75