On This Day

What Happened in May 1932

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo

Radio Premiere

May 2 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)

  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)
  • May 3 24 tourists begin 1st air-charter holiday (London-Basle, Switzerland)

Historic Event

May 4 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion

  • May 5 Japan & China sign a peace treaty
  • May 7 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • May 9 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • May 9 Piccadilly Circus, London, first lit by electricity
  • May 9 WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
  • May 10 Government declares "Wilhelmus" as the Netherlands' national anthem
  • May 10 Senate chairman Albert Lebrun becomes President of France

Historic Event

May 12 Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, New Jersey

  • May 14 "We Want Beer!" parade in NY
  • May 15 The 15th May Incident: in an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed
  • May 16 Yanks 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston
  • May 17 US Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
  • May 20 Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria
  • May 21 1st Curtis Cup for Women's team amateur golf: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)

Historic Event

May 21 After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman

  • May 23 Australian cyclist Hubert Opperman sets paced world records 1,384km in 24 hours, and 1,609km (1,000 miles) in 28 hours, 55 minutes, 39 seconds at Melbourne Motordrome
  • May 25 Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney
  • May 26 Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo
  • May 28 Dam closed, at current monument (South Seas)
  • May 29 The Bonus Army of World War I veterans begins to assemble in Washington, D.C. to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945
  • May 30 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Miller Huggins
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Fred Frame takes lead for good on lap 152, winning from 27th on starting grid; accompanied by riding mechanic Jerry Houck

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Sandy Woodward [John Forster], English admiral (British Naval Task Force, Falklands War), born in Penzance, Cornwall (d. 2013)
  • May 2 Bruce Glover, American actor (Diamonds are Forever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 2 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • May 2 Malcolm Lipkin, English composer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2017)
  • May 2 Maury Allen, American sportswriter and columnist (New York Post), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • May 3 Maria Itkina, Russian athlete (9 sprint world records, 60m-400m), born in Roslavl, Russia (d. 2020)
  • May 3 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 2017)
  • May 4 Fausto Razzi, Italian composer, born in Rome
  • May 5 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 2008)
  • May 5 Will Hutchins, American actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord), born in Atwater, California
  • May 6 Günther Hauk, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1979)
  • May 6 John Bond, English cricketer (Lancashire), born in Kearsley, Lancashire, England
  • May 6 Leon Hughes, American pop-rock singer (The Coasters - "Young Blood"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 6 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, born in Klagenfurt, Austria. (d. 2018)
  • May 7 Hans Boskamp [Johannes Hendricus Gerardus Hoelscher], Dutch actor and producer (Oh My Papa), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • May 7 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • May 8 Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Phyllida Law, Scottish actress (Much Ado About Nothing, The Time Machine), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 9 Conrad Hunte, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1958-66)
  • May 9 David Plastow, CEO (Medical Research Council)
  • May 9 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 2003)
  • May 9 Geraldine McEwan, British actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), born in Old Windsor Berkshire (d. 2015)
  • May 9 J Alex McMillan, (Rep-R-NC, 1985- )
  • May 10 Ian Leslie, 21st Earl of Rothes, Scottish nobleman
  • May 10 Francoise Fabian, French actress (Happy New Year), born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • May 11 Henriette Santer, Dutch-English clinical psychologist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • May 11 Valentino [Garavani], Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino company, born in Milan, Italy
  • May 14 Robert Bechtle, American painter
  • May 14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2015)
  • May 16 (Isaac) "Redd" Holt, American jazz and soul drummer (Ramsey Lewis Trio, 1956-66 - "The In Crowd"; Young-Holt Unlimited - "Soulful Strut"), born in Rosedale, Mississippi
  • May 17 Arthur Jones, principal (Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester)
  • May 17 Colin Hope, British industrialist (Turner and Newall), born in Birkenhead (d. 2015)
  • May 17 Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
  • May 17 Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to USSR
  • May 19 Alma Cogan, British pop singer ("Dreamboat"; "I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango"), born in Whitechapel, London, England (d. 1966)
  • May 19 Paul Erdman, American economist and author (d. 2007)
  • May 19 Claude Blanchard, French Canadian singer, comedian and actor, born in Joliette, Canada (d. 2006)
  • May 19 Bill Fitch, American Basketball HOF coach (NBA C'ship 1981, Boston Celtics; NBA Coach of the Year 1976, 80; NBA All-Star coach 1982; Cleveland Cavs; NJ Nets, LA Clippers), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 2022)
  • May 21 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, born in Darmstadt (d. 2015)
  • May 21 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, British composer and music scholar, born in Sunderland
  • May 23 John Lyons, Master (Trinity Hall), born in Cambridge, England
  • May 24 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Bratkartoffeln Inbegriffen), born in London (d. 2016)
  • May 24 Elaine Malbin, American opera singer, born in NYC, New York
  • May 24 Graham Arnold, British artist (Brotherhood of Ruralists), born in Sydenham, London (d. 2019)
  • May 24 James Anderton, British Chief constable (Manchester England), born in Wigan, Lancashire
  • May 24 Terence Heiser, British senior civil servant
  • May 25 Georgy Grechko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2017)
  • May 25 John Gregory Dunne, American writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • May 25 K. C. Jones, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA C'ship 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), born in Taylor, Texas (d. 2020)
  • May 26 "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), born in Tranchovitsa, Bulgaria (d. 1980)
  • May 26 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • May 26 Alvin Ing, American stage and screen singer and actor (Flower Drum Song), born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaiʻi (d. 2021)
  • May 27 Jeffrey Bernard, British writer (Spectator Magazine - Low Life), born in Hampstead, london (d. 1997)
  • May 28 Henning Christiansen, Danish experimental composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2008)
  • May 28 Lord Renton, MP (Conservative)
  • May 28 Neil Black, British oboist, and educator, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2016)
  • May 29 Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author who founded the group Zero Population Growth, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 29 Richie Guerin, American basketball Hall of Fame guard (6-time NBA All Star), born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • May 30 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, born in Oulu, Finland (d. 1981)
  • May 31 Elizabeth Southey, British CEO (National Fed of Women's Institutes)
  • May 31 George Vallings, British Vice Admiral
  • May 31 Ronald Hampel, British CEO (ICI)
  • May 31 Jay Miner, American microchip designer (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Paul Doumer, President France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • May 3 Anton Wildgans, Austrian poet and playwright (Armut), dies at 51
  • May 3 Charles Fort, American writer and researcher (specialized in anomalous phenomena), dies at 57
  • May 7 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), dies at 53
  • May 15 Ki Inukai, premier Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • May 16 Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • May 16 William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
  • May 20 Bipin Chandra Pal, Indian nationalist and freedom fighter, dies at 73
  • May 20 James "Bubber" Miley, American jazz trumpet and cornet player (Duke Ellington, 1923-29 - "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"; "Black And Tan Fantasy"), dies of tuberculosis at 29
  • May 22 Augusta, Lady Gregory, Irish playwright (Gold Apple) and patron of Yeats, dies at 80