On This Day

What Happened in November 1932

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

Nov 1 Wernher von Braun named head of German liquid-fuel rocket program

  • Nov 2 The "Great Emu War" begins: Australian soldiers armed with Lewis Guns sought to cull the Emu population over crop destruction in Campion district, Western Australia

Historic Event

Nov 5 Benito Mussolini frees 16,000 convicts

  • Nov 6 German election - KPD defeats NSDAP
  • Nov 7 1st broadcast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th century" on CBS-radio
  • Nov 8 "Make Mine Music" debuts

Election of Interest

Nov 8 Amidst the Great Depression, Democrat candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected President of the United States, defeating Republican incumbent Herbert Hoover

  • Nov 9 Hurricane storm wave sweeps over Santa Cruz del Sur Cuba kills 2,500
  • Nov 9 Riots between conservative and socialist supporters in Switzerland kill 12 and injure 60.
  • Nov 12 24 killed at Lancashire mine explosion
  • Nov 15 Walt Disney Art School created
  • Nov 17 German government of von Papen resigns
  • Nov 18 "Flowers & Trees" receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon

Academy Awards

Nov 18 5th Academy Awards: Fredric March and Wallace Beery in 1st ever tie for Best Actor. "Grand Hotel" and Helen Hayes also win.

  • Nov 19 Joe Kershalla scores 71 points in a college football game

Historic Event

Nov 19 Shaft & Thyssen demand Adolf Hitler become German chancellor

  • Nov 20 Earthquake at Uden, Netherlands
  • Nov 22 Pump patented that computes quantity and price delivered
  • Nov 24 In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • Nov 27 Poland & USSR sign non-aggression treaty

Radio Premiere

Nov 28 Groucho Marx performs on radio for the first time

  • Nov 29 France & USSR sign non-aggression pact

Music Premiere

Nov 29 Cole Porter's musical "Gay Divorcee" opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, later transferred to the Schubert Theater; runs for 248 performances


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 John Clark, British actor and director (The Two of Us, Saint Joan), born in London, England

Al Arbour

Nov 1 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2015)

  • Nov 2 Henri Namphy, President of Haiti (1986-88), born in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
  • Nov 2 Romano Mazzoli, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1971-95), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nov 2 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 2 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), born in Logansport, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • Nov 2 Ron Sproat, American TV writer and playwright (Dark Shadows), born in USA (d. 2009)
  • Nov 3 Thomas J. Manton, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1985-99), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • Nov 4 David Shipman, English film historian, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1996)
  • Nov 4 Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (Sanford & Son, Bob Newhart), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Nov 4 Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (1992-2004), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2004)
  • Nov 4 Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer, born in Keady, County Armagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2007)
  • Nov 5 Arthur L. Liman, American trial lawyer (Oliver North), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 5 Salvatore Bonanno, American mafioso and son of crime boss Joseph Bonanno, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • Nov 6 Stonewall Jackson, American country music musician ("Waterloo"; "A Wound Time Can't Erase"), born in Tabor City, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • Nov 6 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 2019)
  • Nov 7 Yrrah [Harry Lammertink], Dutch cartoonist (Vrij Netherland), born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Nov 8 Richard E. Lawyer, American astronaut, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 8 Stephane Audran, French actress (Just Before Nightfall), born in Versailles, France (d. 2018)
  • Nov 8 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 9 Marian Christy, American author (Invasions of Privacy), born in Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • Nov 10 Roy Scheider, American actor (Jaws, The French Connection, Marathon Man, Paper Lion), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • Nov 11 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Nov 12 John Marshall, American filmmaker and activist (Ju/'hoan Bushman films), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2005) [1]
  • Nov 13 Olga Connolly-Fikotova, Czech-American discus thrower (Olympic gold, 1956), born in Libiš, Czech Republic
  • Nov 13 Richard Mulligan, American Emmy Award-winning actor (Soap - "Burt"; Empty Nest; The Big Bus), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2000)
  • Nov 14 Henk Mochel, Dutch TV host (Rondom tien)
  • Nov 14 Ramon Zupko, American composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 15 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B and doo-wop tenor vocalist, arranger and songwriter (The Dominos, 1950-53 - "Sixty Minute Man"; The Drifters, 1953-55 -"Honey Love"; solo - "Treasure My Love"), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1972)
  • Nov 15 [Sally] Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter (Downtown, My Love), born in Epsom, England
  • Nov 16 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), born in Sacramento, CA (d. 2016)
  • Nov 20 John Barnes Chance, American composer, born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1972)
  • Nov 20 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), born in Gosport, Hampshire (d. 2012)
  • Nov 21 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • Nov 21 Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Danish composer (Symphony and Antiphony), born in Copenhagen; (d. 2016)
  • Nov 22 Robert Vaughn, American actor (Napolean Solo in Man from UNCLE, I Spy), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Nov 22 Keith Wickenden, British politician (d. 1983)
  • Nov 22 Günter Sawitzki, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps West Germany; VfB Stuttgart), born in Herne, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Nov 23 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker (Lazard Frère), born in Paris, France
  • Nov 24 Fred Titmus, English cricket all-rounder (53 Tests, 153 wickets, 10 x 50s; Middlesex), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Nov 24 Bill Squires, American track & field coach (Greater Boston Track Club: Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, Greg Meyer; Boston State College 1965-78), born in Arlington, Massachusetts (d. 2022)
  • Nov 26 Alan Stout, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2018)
  • Nov 26 Marten Beinema, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • Nov 27 Benigno Aquino Jr, Philippine opposition leader who was assassinated, born in Concepcion, Philippines (d. 1983)
  • Nov 27 Ken Schinkel, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins 636 NHL games) and coach (Pittsburgh Penguins 1972-77), born in Jansen, Saskatchewan (d. 2020)
  • Nov 28 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • Nov 28 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Nov 28 Gato Barbieri, Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • Nov 29 Antoine Tisné, French composer, born in Lourdes, France (d. 1998)
  • Nov 29 John Gary [Strader], American singer (Cold), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1998)

Jacques Chirac

Nov 29 Jacques Chirac, President of France (1995-2007) and Prime Minister of France (1974-76, 1986-88), born in Paris, France (d. 2019)

  • Nov 29 Stephen A. DiMauro, American thoroughbred racing jockey, trainer, breeder and owner (Eclipse Award 1975; Lady Pitt, Dearly Precious, Nassipour, Wajima), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • Nov 30 David Lightbown, British politician and government whip
  • Nov 30 Cho Namchul, South Korean professional Go player (d. 2006)
  • Nov 30 Bob Moore, American session double bassist (Patsy Cline; Elvis Presley; Roger Miller), and orchestra leader ("Mexico"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2021)

Famous Weddings

Muddy Waters

Nov 20 American blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 4 Belle Bennett, American actress (Stella Dallas, Iron Mask), dies of cancer at 41
  • Nov 9 Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Russian woman who was the 2nd wife of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, commits suicide at 31
  • Nov 16 Carry van Bruggen [de Haan], Dutch author (Eva), dies at 51
  • Nov 21 Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument Argentina), dies
  • Nov 21 Pietro Bonfante, Italian lawyer (Roman law) and historian, dies at 68
  • Nov 22 William Walker Atkinson, American author (b. 1862)
  • Nov 23 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), dies at 63
  • Nov 27 Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), dies at 36