On This Day

What Happened in May 1932

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo
  • 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)

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

Gangster Al Capone
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Al Capone
  • 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

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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"

PlaneAmelia Earhart Flies Across the Atlantic

May 20 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland on her journey to become the 1st woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic
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Amelia Earhart not long after she landed in Ireland in 1932, becoming the first woman to fly non-stop solo across the Atlantic
Amelia Earhart not long after she landed in Ireland in 1932, becoming the first woman to fly non-stop solo across the Atlantic
  • May 20 Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria
  • May 21 1st Curtis Cup: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)

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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 wins in 4:48:03.761 (167.604 km/h)

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 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 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

Person of interestSonny Liston

May 8 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sand Slough, Arkansas (d. 1970)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 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), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2015)
  • May 16 Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • 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 18 John Clement, chairman (Unigate Group)
  • May 19 Alma Cogan, English singer (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 21 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, born in Darmstadt (d. 2015)
  • May 21 John Armitage, principal (College of St Hilda & St Bede Durham)
  • May 21 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, composer
  • 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 point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA champion 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), born in Taylor, Texas
  • May 26 "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), born in Tranchovitsa, Bulgaria (d. 1980)
  • May 27 Jeffrey Bernard, singer
  • May 28 Henning Christiansen, composer
  • May 28 Lord Renton, MP (Conservative)
  • 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 Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer
  • 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


LoveWedding of Interest

May 13 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich marries Nina Varsar


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 22 Augusta, Lady Gregory, Irish playwright (Gold Apple) and patron of Yeats, dies at 80