On This Day

What Happened in July 1932

Historical Events


Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6-3, 6-1 for her 5th of 8 titles

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 1 NY Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated for president at Democratic Convention in Chicago

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 1 NY newspaper Evening Standard goes bankrupt
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Ellsworth Vines beats hometown favourite Bunny Austin 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 for his only Wimbledon title
  • Jul 2 FDR makes 1st presidential nominating conventional acceptance speech

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 2 American golfer Walter Hagen wins his 5th and last Western Open in Cleveland, 16 years after he won his first

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Jul 3 After 30 years as manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw retires from baseball (2,583 wins / 1,948 losses NY)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 Don Bradman scores a North American record 260 v Western Ontario in Guelph during Australian cricket team's Goodwill Tour of North America

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jul 5 António de Oliveira Salazar becomes the premier and dictator of Portugal (1932-1968), founding the authoritarian Estado Novo (New State) regime
  • Jul 6 1st class postage back up to 3 cents from 2 cents
  • Jul 6 Cubs' future All Star shortstop Billy Jurges is shot twice in Chicago hotel room by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli; no charges laid
  • Jul 7 Australian cricket batsman supreme Don Bradman scores a double century during a Goodwill Tour in Montreal, Canada
  • Jul 8 Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22
  • Jul 8 Herbert Sutcliffe scores his 100th 100, Yorkshire v Gloucshire
  • Jul 9 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • Jul 9 Yanks' Ben Chapman hits 2 inside-the-park HRs, tying record

  • Jul 9 The state of São Paulo revolts against the Brazilian federal government, starting the Constitutionalist Revolution
  • Jul 10 Jack Burnett gets 9 hits, Eddie Rommel relieves in 2nd 18-17 victory in 18 as his A's beats Indians in longest relief job
  • Jul 12 Hedley Verity establishes a first-class cricket record by taking all ten wickets for only ten runs against Nottinghamshire on a pitch affected by a storm
  • Jul 14 Belgian Chamber rules Dutch language for education of Flanders
  • Jul 15 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Ozaukee CC: Jane Weiller beats June Beebe 5 & 4 for golf's only major title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 15 US President Herbert Hoover cuts own salary 15%

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Jul 18 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands sign Ouchy Convention, a customs treaty
  • Jul 18 US and Canada sign a treaty to develop St Lawrence Seaway
  • Jul 20 In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempt to march to the White House

BattleCoup d'état

Jul 20 Franz von Papen launches a coup against the Prussian government

Diplomat and Chancellor Franz von Papen
Diplomat and Chancellor
Franz von Papen

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 20 An injured Babe Ruth entertains the touring Australian cricketers in his private box at Yankee Stadium as his NY Yankees beat Chicago WS, 7-2; 'The Babe' meets 'The Don' (Don Bradman)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jul 27 Paul Gorgoulov, assassin of French president Doumer, sentenced to death
  • Jul 28 US President Herbert Hoover uses federal troops to evict the Bonus Army (WWI veterans and their families) from their encampment, 4 die

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Bela Lugosi is released in the US

  • Jul 29 Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans
  • Jul 30 X Summer Olympic Games open in Los Angeles, USA
  • Jul 31 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team wins 6th straight title as Jean Borotra beats American Wilmer Allison 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 for unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2
  • Jul 31 Cleveland Indians christen their new home, Municipal Stadium before more than 76,000 fans; lose opener, 1-0 to the Philadelphia A's
  • Jul 31 German Election (NSDAP gets 37.3%)
  • Jul 31 26th Tour de France: French cyclist André Leducq wins after tallying 6 stage victories; his second Tour triumph (1930)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1990)
  • Jul 1 Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist and military correspondent for Haaretz, born in Lille, France (d. 2007)
  • Jul 2 Dave Thomas, American businessman who founded Wendy's Restaurants, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • Jul 2 Kenneth McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Jul 2 Sammy Turner, vocalist (Lavender Blue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jul 4 Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian marathon runner, born in Anzegem, Belgium
  • Jul 5 Teddy Millington-Drake, English painter, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jul 5 Billy Laughlin, American child actor (Froggy- Our Gang), born in San Gabriel, California (d. 1948)
  • Jul 5 Gyula Horn, Hungarian prime minister (1994-8), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • Jul 6 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • Jul 7 [Josef] Joe Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (Weather Report - "Birdland") (d. 2007)
  • Jul 9 Donald Rumsfeld, American politician (involved in Watergate), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 10 Jürgen Becker, German writer, born in Cologne, Germany
  • Jul 10 Carlo Mario Abate, Italian racing driver, born in Turin, Italy
  • Jul 11 Alex Hassilev, American actor and folk musician (The Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 11 Bob McGrath, American musician, voice artist and actor (Sesame Street), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • Jul 11 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter (I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Jul 12 Harold William Woolhouse, British botanist, born in Sheffield (d. 1996)
  • Jul 12 Otis Crandall Davis, American 400m/4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Jul 13 Per Nørgård, Danish composer (Papalagi; Babette's Feast), born in Gentofte, Denmark
  • Jul 13 Hubert Reeves, Canadian astrophysicist
  • Jul 13 Antonio Roma, football goalkeeper (42 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • Jul 14 Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier, American actor, minister, and former professional American football player (Pennsylvania State University), born in Cuthbert, Georgia
  • Jul 15 Nina Van Pallandt, Danish actress and singer (American Gigolo), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • Jul 15 Ed Litzenberger, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1961-4), born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • Jul 16 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jul 16 Milly Vitale, Italian actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2006)
  • Jul 16 Oleg Protopopov, Russian olympic pairs skater (Gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jul 16 Richard Thornburgh, 76th United States Attorney General (1988-91) and 41st Governor of Pennsylvania, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • Jul 16 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), born in Overton, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Niccolo Castiglioni, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (1996)
  • Jul 17 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine) (d. 2013)
  • Jul 17 Hal Riney, American advertising executive, born in Seattle Washington (d. 2008)
  • Jul 17 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jul 17 Quino [Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón], Argentine cartoonist (Mafalda), born in Mendoza, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • Jul 17 Bobby Leonard, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (ABA C'ship 1970, 72, 73; Indiana Pacers) & point guard (Minneapolis/LA Lakers, Chicago Packers/Zephyrs), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • Jul 18 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jul 19 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • Jul 20 Nam June Paik, Korean video artist (Medium is the Medium; hommage à john cage), born in Seoul, Korea (d. 2006)
  • Jul 20 Otto Schily, German politician
  • Jul 21 Ernie Warlick, American football player, born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Jul 22 Oscar de la Renta, Domincan American fashion designer (Coty Hall of Fame-1973), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (d. 2014)
  • Jul 22 William Wilkinson, English conservationist and businessman, born in Warminster, England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 22 Tom Robbins, American author (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
  • Jul 22 Bob Reade, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (NCAA Div III C'ship 1983-86; AFCA Div III Coach of the Year 1983–86; Augustana Vikings), born in Monticello, Iowa (d. 2020)
  • Jul 24 William Ruckelshaus, American attorney and first Head of Environmental Protection Agency, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jul 25 Gibson Kente, South African playwright and composer, born in Duncan Village, Eastern Cape (d. 2014)
  • Jul 25 Paul J. Weitz, American test pilot and NASA astronaut (Skylab 2, STS 6), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Jul 27 Beverly Byron, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 27 Curnick Muzuvukile Ndlovu, Jailed South Africian worker's union leader, born in Matatiele, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • Jul 27 Robert Cowan, CEO (Highlands & Islands Enterprises), born in Edinburgh (d.1993)
  • Jul 28 Natalie Babbitt, American children's writer (Tuck Everlasting), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Jul 29 Marguerite Empey [Diane Webber], American model and Playboy playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2008)
  • Jul 29 Nancy Landon Kassebaum, (Sen-R-Kansas, 1979- )
  • Jul 30 Edd Byrnes, American actor (77 Sunset Strip, Jack the Ripper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Jul 31 Morey Carr, American singer (Playmates) (d. 1987)
  • Jul 31 Robert W Davis, (Rep-R-MI, 1979- )

Person of interestTed Cassidy

Jul 31 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)

  • Jul 31 John Searle, American philosopher, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 31 Sam Coppola, American actor (Saturday Night Fever), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 2 Platinum blonde screen goddess Jean Harlow (21) weds MGM producer Paul Bern (42)

Actress Jean Harlow
Actress
Jean Harlow

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 7 Author Damon Runyon (51) weds Patrice Amati del Grande

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon
Journalist and Author
Damon Runyon
  • Jul 19 "Rebecca" author Daphne Du Maurier (25) weds commander of the I Airborne Corps Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning (35)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Manuel II, last King of Portugal (1908-10), dies at 43
  • Jul 5 Sasha Chorny [Alexander Mikhailovich Glikberg], Russian poet, dies at 51
  • Jul 6 Kenneth Grahame, English author (The Wind in the Willows), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Alexander Grin, Russian novelist (Jessie and Morgiana), dies at 51
  • Jul 7 Henry Eyster Jacobs, American Lutheran theologian, dies at 87
  • Jul 9 Henry Howell, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests 1920-24), dies

Person of interestKing C. Gillette

Jul 9 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, dies at 77

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • Jul 11 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, dies at 46
  • Jul 20 René Bazin, French novelist (b. 1853)
  • Jul 21 Bill Gleason, American late 19th century baseball player, dies at 73
  • Jul 22 Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., American theatre producer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 65
  • Jul 22 Roosje Vos, Dutch trade union leader, dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Roses Fox, Trade union leader, dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Errico Malatesta, Italian anarchist (b. 1853)
  • Jul 22 Reginald Fessenden, Canadian inventor and radio pioneer (b. 1866)
  • Jul 23 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, dies at 48
  • Jul 23 Frank Rankin, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Toronto Eatons, Toronto St. Michael's Majors) and coach (Toronto Granites-Canada Olympic gold 1924), dies at 41
  • Jul 25 Cyriel Buysse, Flemish baron and writer (It Bolleken), dies at 72
  • Jul 31 Francesco Paolo Neglia, Italian composer, dies at 58