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Historical Events in December 1932

  • Dec 2 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network
  • Dec 2 Australia ends Day 1 of controversial 'Bodyline' cricket series v England at 290/6 in Sydney; Stan McCabe 127no (finishes at 187no); notorious England fast bowler Harold Larwood takes 4 wickets; England wins by 10 wickets
  • Dec 3 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Hamilton Tigers defeat Regina Roughriders, 25-6 for their 5th Championship
  • Dec 3 Gen Kurt von Schleicher becomes chancellor of Germany

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Dec 4 Kurt von Schleicher succeeds Franz von Papen as Reich Chancellor of Germany

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

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Dec 5 German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Dec 7 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY
  • Dec 10 King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution
  • Dec 10 The "Great Emu War" ends: Emu's surprising resilience to bullets led to Emu victory over Australian military in Campion district, Western Australia
  • Dec 11 San Francisco's coldest day (27°F) - it snows
  • Dec 12 S N Behrman's "Biography" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 12 USSR & China resume diplomatic relations
  • Dec 14 French government of Édouard Herriot falls
  • Dec 17 Cards trade Jim Bottomley to Reds for Estel Crabtree & Ownie Carroll
  • Dec 18 National Football League Championship; Playoff, Chicago Stadium: Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans, 9-0
  • Dec 19 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
  • Dec 20 50 year old Australian cricket Test spinner Bert Ironmonger captures 7-13 as Queensland dismissed for 74; Victoria wins by an innings & 139 runs in Melbourne
  • Dec 21 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach

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Dec 22 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

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Dec 22 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film

  • Dec 24 Arturo Alessandri wins presidential election in Chile
  • Dec 25 7.6 magnitude earthquake ravages Qansu, China, kills 275

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Dec 25 During King George V's Christmas dinner speech his chair collapses

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V

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Dec 27 Emperor Hirohito of Japan narrowly evades an assassination attempt by a Korean independence activist, Lee Bong-chang

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Dec 27 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City
  • Dec 31 John P O'Brien sworn-in as mayor of NYC