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Events in History in February 1932

  • 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

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

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

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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

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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.