On This Day

Historical Events in April 1932

Historic Event

Apr 2 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for his kidnapped son

Theater Premiere

Apr 4 George Bernard Shaw's comedy play "Too True To Be Good" premieres in NYC; runs for 59 performances

  • Apr 4 Charles G. King, University of Pittsburgh isolates Vitamin C, using adrenal samples provided by Hungarian Albert Szent-Györgyi
  • Apr 5 Dutch textile strike broken by trade unions
  • Apr 5 Dominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government
  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat New York Rangers, 6-4 for 3-0 series sweep; Toronto's first SC as the Maple Leafs

Election of Interest

Apr 10 Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected President of Germany in a runoff election against Adolf Hitler

  • Apr 12 Emmanuel Chabriers & Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo

Film Premiere

Apr 12 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)

Music History

Apr 14 Bizet, Massine & Mira's "Jeux d'Enfants" premieres in Monte Carlo

Film Release

Apr 16 Short film "The Music Box" released in the US, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)

Historic Event

Apr 17 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery

  • Apr 18 36th Boston Marathon won by German runner Paul de Bruyn in 2:33:36.4

Historic Event

Apr 19 President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week

Historic Event

Apr 19 Bonnie Parker is captured in a failed hardware store burglary, and subsequently jailed. A grand jury fails to indict her, however, and she is released a few months later

Historic Event

Apr 23 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon, England

  • Apr 23 153-year old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, the Netherlands, burns down
  • Apr 24 German national election (NSDAP 36.3% in Prussia)
  • Apr 25 Rose Franken's "Another Language" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Apr 26 Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine" premieres in Paris

  • Apr 29 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)