On This Day

February 1932 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
  • Feb 2 Grimmett takes 14 wickets v South Africa (7-116 & 7-83)
  • Feb 2 Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) organized in the US to provide financial support to state and local governments and to make loans to banks, railroads, mortgage associations and other businesses
  • Feb 4 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • Feb 6 Fascist coup in the Memel territory
  • Feb 9 US airship Columbia crashes during storm (Flushing, NY)
  • Feb 11 73°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February
  • Feb 11 Johan Grøttumsbraaten leads a Norwegian medal sweep of the Nordic combined event at the Lake Placid Games; retains combined title after also winning in St. Moritz
  • Feb 12 Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees
  • Feb 13 "Free Eats" introduces George "Spanky" McFarland to "Our Gang"
  • Feb 14 South Africa all out for 36 in 1st innings v Australia (Ironmonger 5-6)
  • Feb 15 George Burns & Gracie Allen debut as regulars on the "Guy Lombardo Show"
  • Feb 15 John Van Druten's "There's Always Juliet" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 16 1st patent for a tree issued to James Markham for a peach tree
  • Feb 18 Japan declares Manchuria independent
  • Feb 18 Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title
  • Feb 18 Japan proclaims and names Manchukuo state in north east China

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Pierre Laval's first French government falls

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • Feb 20 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China
  • Feb 21 Andre Tardieu becomes Premier of France
  • Feb 21 Camera exposure meter patented, WN Goodwin
  • Feb 22 Purple Heart (the Badge of Military Merit) award reinstituted
  • Feb 24 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 253.96 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Austrian immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 27 Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA leaves 38 dead
  • Feb 29 Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland
  • Feb 29 TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William "Alfalfa" Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 John Nott, British policitican(C), Secretary of State for Defence during Falkland War, born in Bideford, Devon
  • Feb 6 Francois Truffaut, French director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • Feb 6 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1959)
  • Feb 7 Alfred M. Worden, American Colonel USAF, NASA astronaut (Apollo 15), born in Jackson, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • Feb 7 Gay Talese, author (Honor Thy Father)
  • Feb 8 Jan H Christiaanse, president Dutch political party (CDA)
  • Feb 9 Gerhard Richter, German painter
  • Feb 10 Donald Hilton, Moderator (General Assembly of United Reformed Church)
  • Feb 11 Dennis Skinner, British politician (L), Chairman of the Labour Party (1988-89), born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire
  • Feb 12 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • Feb 14 Jack Hibbert, director (Central Statistical Office)
  • Feb 14 Jocelyn Stevens, CEO (English Heritage)
  • Feb 14 Michael Ball, Bishop (Truro)
  • Feb 14 Peter Ball, Bishop (Gloucester)
  • Feb 14 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • Feb 15 Adrian Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
  • Feb 16 Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli writer, born in Jadova Commune, Kingdom of Romania
  • Feb 16 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/TV-host
  • Feb 16 Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, President of Sierra Leone
  • Feb 18 Miloš Forman, Czech-American award-winning director (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus, The Firemen's Ball), born in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia (d. 2018)
  • Feb 18 Duane Michals, American photographer (Sequences, The journey of the spirit after death), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Joseph P Kerwin, Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Feb 20 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 22 Ted Kennedy, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 24 Andrew Jacobs Jr, American politician (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75-97), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2013)
  • Feb 24 Everard Goodman, English real estate developer (TOPS Estates)
  • Feb 25 Laurence New, Major-General
  • Feb 27 Dolf Zwerver, Dutch painter
  • Feb 27 Lord Young of Graffham, CEO (Cables & Wireless)
  • Feb 28 Brian Moore, British sports commentator (BBC Radio, London Weekend Television 'The Big Match'), born in Benenden, Kent, England (d. 2001)
  • Feb 29 Jaguar [Sérgio Jaguaribe], Brazilian cartoonist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 29 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader

MurderMad Dog Coll

Feb 8 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, Irish-American mob hitman, murdered at 23 by the Dutch Schultz gang

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • Feb 9 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered

Person of interestEdgar Wallace

Feb 10 Edgar Wallace, English novelist, playwright and journalist (The Terror, The Four Just Men) who created King Kong, dies of diabetes at 76

  • Feb 16 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  • Feb 17 Franz Gailliard, Belgian painter and graphic artist (Egina), dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Frederick Augustus III, last King of Saxony (1904-18), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, dies at 88
  • Feb 28 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)