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1932

After 17 years of British rule, Iraq gained its independence on October 3, 1932. The Shanghai Express was the top-grossing film of the year starring Marlene Dietrich. Night and Day by Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman was the biggest hit of the year. The Pulitzer award for poetry went to George Dillon for his collection of poems dubbed The Flowering Stone.

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In a sign of changing times in the USA, Ophelia Wyatt Caraway was the first woman elected to the U.S Senate from Arkansas on January 12. She first went to the Senate in November 1931 after the death of her husband, Thaddeus Horatio Caraway. She went to on to serve another term from 1938. The President of the USA, Franklin Roosevelt, later appointed her to the Federal Employees Compensation Commission after failing to capture the seat in 1944.

Despite the raging Great Depression in the USA, thousands of people turned up on December 27 to witness the opening of Radio City Music Hall, in New York City. Billionaire John D. Rockefeller conceived the idea of the theater and in partnership with the Radio Corporation of America, built the theater. The state of the art theater became the cornerstone of the Rockefeller Complex in downtown Manhattan, New York. Since its opening, over 300 million people have gone to the Radio City Music Hall to experience entertainment like no other.

Charles Lindbergh was the first man to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic. Five years later Amelia Earhart became the first female aviator to achieve the same feat. Amelia touched down in Ireland on May 21 after traveling 2,000 miles under 15 hours from Newfoundland, Canada. The U.S Congress awarded her with the Distinguished Flying Cross, in 1932.

Finally, in Science Braggite was discovered to be the first mineral found with the assistance of X-rays, James Chadwick discovered the neutron. The Nobel Prize in Physics went to Werner Karl Heisenberg; Chemistry went to Irving Langmuir and for Medicine, the prize went to Sir Charles Sherrington and Edgar Adrian.

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

Taxi!

Directed by: Roy Del Ruth

Starring: James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone

Country: United States

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Freaks

Directed by: Tod Browning

Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova

Country: United States

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One Hour with You

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin

Country: United States

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Scarface

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Starring: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1932 ?

The Good Earth

By: Pearl S. Buck

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes.Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained ...

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The Fountain

By: Charles Morgan

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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Sons

By: Pearl S. Buck

Second in the trilogy that began with The Good Earth, Buck's classic and starkly real tale of sons rising against their honored fathers tells of the bitter struggle to the death between the old and the new in China.

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Magnolia Street

By: Louis Golding

Louis Golding (1895-1958), a Ukrainian-Jewish writer born in Manchester, wrote Magnolia Street, a 1932 bestseller based on the Hightown area of Manchester, as it was in the 1920s featuring a street divided into 'gentile' and 'Jewish' sides.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1932 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Robert
  2. James
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. Charles
  7. Donald
  8. George
  9. Joseph
  10. Thomas
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Betty
  3. Barbara
  4. Dorothy
  5. Joan
  6. Patricia
  7. Margaret
  8. Helen
  9. Shirley
  10. Doris

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