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.

1932

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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Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 5th edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

Starring: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery

Country: United States of America

Best director

Frank Borzage

Bad Girl

Bad Girl

Best actress

Helen Hayes

The Sin of Madelon Claudet

The Sin of Madelon Claudet

Directed by: Edgar Selwyn

Starring: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Robert Young

Best supporting actor

Best supporting actress

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1932


Literature

  • John Galsworthy

Physics

  • Werner Heisenberg

Chemistry

  • Irving Langmuir

Physiology or Medicine

  • Charles Scott Sherrington
  • Edgar Adrian

Movies

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Starring: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Country: United States of America

Freaks

Freaks

Directed by: Tod Browning

Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Country: United States of America

Love Me Tonight

Love Me Tonight

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles, Charles Butterworth

Country: United States of America

Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

Country: United States of America

Blondie of the Follies

Blondie of the Follies

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

Starring: Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Billie Dove, Jimmy Durante

Popular names

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history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1932?


Events

  • 01 Jan Jacob Cocey Sr chosen as Mayor of Massillon Ohio
  • 02 Jan Young gang shoots dead six police in Springfield, Missouri.
  • 03 Jan Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop revolt by banana workers fired by United Fruit.
  • 04 Jan Bradman scores 167 for Australia vs. South Africa at the MCG
  • 08 Jan Ratification of present SF City Charter
  • 10 Jan Mickey Mouse andSilly Symphony comics syndicated
  • 12 Jan Hattie W Caraway elected 1st woman senator (D-Ark)
  • 14 Jan Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race
  • 19 Jan Charlie Conacher becomes first Toronto Maple Leafs' player to score five goals in a game, the first coming at 7 seconds of the game.
  • 21 Jan USSR and Finland stop non-attack treaty
  • 22 Jan British Anglicans and Old-Catholic church merge.
  • 23 Jan El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers.
  • 25 Jan Bradman scores 167 NSW vs. Victoria, 224 mins, 22 fours
  • 26 Jan British submarine M-2 sinks in Channel (60 dead)
  • 28 Jan First US state unemployment insurance act enacted, in Wisconsin.
  • 31 Jan US railway unions accept 10 percent wage reduction.
  • 02 Feb Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • 04 Feb 3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • 06 Feb Fascist coup in the Memel territory.
  • 09 Feb US airship Columbia crashes during storm (Flushing, New York).
  • 12 Feb Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees.
  • 13 Feb Free Eats introduces George Spanky McFarland to Our Gang
  • 15 Feb 3rd Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • 18 Feb The Empire of Japan declares Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
  • 19 Feb William Faulkner completes his novel Light in August
  • 20 Feb Japanese troops occupy Tunhua, China.
  • 21 Feb Camera exposure meter patented, WN Goodwin.
  • 22 Feb Purple Heart award re-instituted.
  • 24 Feb Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona.
  • 25 Feb Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship.
  • 27 Feb Explosion in coal mine in Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead).
  • 29 Feb Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland.
  • 01 Mar Charles Lindbergh III, the 20-month-old son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family's new mansion in Hopewell, New Jersey. A ransom note demanding US$50,000 is left in their son's empty room.
  • 06 Mar John Philip Sousa, US composer ("Stars and Stripes Forever"), dies at age 77.
  • 07 Mar Riots at Ford factory in Dearborn, Michigan, kills 4.
  • 09 Mar Eamon De Valera becomes President of Ireland.
  • 19 Mar The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
  • 20 Mar Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kara-Kalpak ASSR.
  • 24 Mar First US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker, WABC from Maryland).
  • 27 Mar De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt.
  • 29 Mar Jack Benny debuts on radio
  • 30 Mar Amelia Earhart is 1st woman to fly solo cross the Atlantic
  • 31 Mar Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine.
  • 02 Apr Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son.
  • 04 Apr Vitamin C first isolated, by C C King, at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 05 Apr Dutch textile strike broken by trade unions.
  • 10 Apr Paul von Hindenburg elected 1st German President (Hitler is 2nd)
  • 12 Apr Emmanuel Chabriers and Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo
  • 13 Apr Kozakken Boys soccer team forms in Werkendam forms
  • 17 Apr Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery.
  • 19 Apr US President Herbert Hoover suggests five-day work week.
  • 23 Apr Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon.
  • 24 Apr German national election (NSDAP 36.3 percent in Prussia).
  • 28 Apr Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced.
  • 02 May Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)
  • 03 May 24 tourists begin first air-charter holiday (London, England, to Basle, Switzerland).
  • 04 May Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
  • 05 May Japan and China sign a peace treaty.
  • 07 May 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • 09 May WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
  • 10 May Government declares "Wilhelmus" Netherlands national anthem.
  • 12 May Body of kidnapped Son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, New Jersey
  • 13 May Russian Composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar
  • 14 May We Want Beer! parade in New York
  • 15 May The May 15 Incident: in an attempted Coup d'etat, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed.
  • 17 May US Congress changes the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico".
  • 20 May Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria.
  • 21 May 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands
  • 23 May Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman sets 24 hour record of 860 mi, 367 yards
  • 26 May Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo.
  • 28 May Dam closed, at current monument (South Seas)
  • 29 May World War I Veterans begin to assemble in Washington, DC in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
  • 01 Jun Lunteren soccer team forms in Lunteren
  • 02 Jun Franz von Papen Cabinet of the Baron premieres
  • 03 Jun John McGraw, who came to New York in 1902, resigns as manager of Giants
  • 04 Jun 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
  • 06 Jun Carlos Davila coup against President Juan Montero of Chile
  • 07 Jun Pitcher John Quinn, 47, is oldest player to have an extra-base hit (a double) and bat in a run, as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 9-2
  • 10 Jun First demonstration of artificial lightning, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 13 Jun Great Britain and France sign peace treaty
  • 14 Jun German government of von Papen forms
  • 16 Jun Germany forbids SA / SS-gang fights
  • 17 Jun Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
  • 19 Jun Hailstones kill 200 in Hunan Province, China PR
  • 21 Jun Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)
  • 22 Jun NL, finally approves players wearing numbers
  • 24 Jun Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand.
  • 25 Jun 36th US Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 286 at Fresh Meadows, New York
  • 29 Jun USSR and China sign no attack treaty
  • 01 Jul 45th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (63 61)
  • 02 Jul 52nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ellsworth Vines beats H Austin (64 62 60)
  • 03 Jul John McGraw retires from baseball
  • 04 Jul Bradman scores 260, a North American record, vs. Western Ontario
  • 05 Jul Antonio de Oliveira Salazar becomes Premier / Dictator of Portugal
  • 06 Jul 1st class postage back up to 3 cents from 2 cents
  • 08 Jul Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22
  • 09 Jul Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) forms
  • 14 Jul Belgian Chamber rules Dutch language for education of Flanders
  • 15 Jul President Hoover cuts own salary 15%
  • 18 Jul US and Canada sign a treaty to develop Saint Lawrence Seaway.
  • 20 Jul Crowds in the capitals of Bolivia and Paraguay demand their governments declare war on the other after fighting on their border.
  • 28 Jul Battle between unemployed war veterans and federal troops, 4 die
  • 30 Jul 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
  • 31 Jul 27th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • 02 Aug Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs.
  • 08 Aug Congress creates Silver Star medal for gallantry.
  • 10 Aug In Archie, Missouri, USA a falling meteoroid strikes a homestead; no injuries.
  • 13 Aug Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing homers andwins game 1-0 in 10 tying
  • 14 Aug 10th Olympic Games at Los Angeles closes
  • 18 Aug Auguste Piccard / Max Cosijns reach 16,201m in a balloon
  • 19 Aug 46th US Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin A Babcock (62 62)
  • 21 Aug Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons
  • 22 Aug BBS begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
  • 24 Aug 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart
  • 25 Aug Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight
  • 27 Aug 200,000 English textile workers strike
  • 29 Aug International Anti-War Committee forms in Amsterdam
  • 01 Sep New York City Mayor James J "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigns (graft charges).
  • 03 Sep Ellsworth Vines beats Henri Cochet for US tennis title.
  • 04 Sep 15th PGA Championship: Olin Dutra at Keller Golf Club - St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 05 Sep The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger.
  • 07 Sep Earl Grace, ends NL catcher record streak of 110 cons errorless games
  • 09 Sep Mine strikes at Belgian Borinage ended
  • 10 Sep 52nd US Mens Tennis: Henry E Vines beats Henri Cochet (64 64 64)
  • 12 Sep German government of Papen falls / Reichstag dissolved
  • 13 Sep New York Yankees clinch their 7th AL pennant
  • 14 Sep Military coup in Chile under Arturo Alessandri
  • 16 Sep 30.8 cm rainfall at Westerly, Rhode Island (state record)
  • 18 Sep Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the letter ''H'' in the Hollywood sign.
  • 20 Sep Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • 23 Sep The Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd is renamed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 24 Sep New York Gov Franklin D Roosevelt visits LA
  • 25 Sep Jimmie Foxx hits his 58th HR in last game of season
  • 28 Sep New York Yankees win World Series The winning pitcher is Babe Ruth beating Red Sox 9-3
  • 29 Sep Bill of Divorcement premieres at the Mayfair
  • 01 Oct Oswald Mosley forms British Union of Fascists
  • 02 Oct Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play 1st NFL game, lose 14-0
  • 03 Oct Iraq gains full independence from Britain, joins League of Nations
  • 04 Oct Clark Griffith announces Walter Johnson will be manager of Senators
  • 08 Oct The Indian Air Force is established.
  • 10 Oct Betty & Bob premieres on radio
  • 11 Oct Stalin forces Zinoviev and Kamenev out of Communist Party
  • 15 Oct Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
  • 18 Oct Belgium government of Renkin falls
  • 19 Oct British government signs trade agreement with Soviet Union
  • 20 Oct Journalist, Robert Trout, joins CBS
  • 22 Oct Charles de Broqueville becomes Premier of Belgium
  • 23 Oct Fred Allen Show premieres on radio
  • 24 Oct British government signs trade treaty with USSR
  • 25 Oct Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Company consultant
  • 29 Oct French liner Normandie is launched
  • 31 Oct Greek government of Venizelos falls
  • 01 Nov Wernher von Braun named head of German liquid-fuel rocket program.
  • 05 Nov Mussolini frees 16,000 criminals
  • 06 Nov German election - KPD defeats NSDAP
  • 07 Nov 1st broadcast of Buck Rogers in the 25th century on CBS-radio
  • 08 Nov Make Mine Music, debuts
  • 09 Nov Hurricane storm wave sweeps over Santa Cruz del Sur, Cuba; kills 2,500.
  • 12 Nov 24 killed at Lancashire mine explosion
  • 15 Nov Walt Disney Art School created
  • 17 Nov German government of von Papen, resigns
  • 18 Nov Flowers & Trees receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon
  • 19 Nov Shaft and Thyssen demand Hitler become German chancellor
  • 20 Nov Earthquake at Uden Netherlands
  • 22 Nov Pump patented that computes quantity and price delivered
  • 24 Nov In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 27 Nov Poland and the USSR signs non-attack treaty
  • 28 Nov France and the USSR signs not-attack treaty
  • 29 Nov Cole Porters musical Gay Divorcee, premieres in New York City
  • 02 Dec Adventures of Charlie Chan first heard on NBC-Blue radio network.
  • 05 Dec German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
  • 07 Dec First gyro-stabilized vessel to cross the Atlantic arrives in New York, USA.
  • 10 Dec King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution.
  • 12 Dec S N Behrmans Biography, premieres in New York City
  • 14 Dec French government of Edouard Herriot falls.
  • 16 Dec Heavy earthquake ravages Kansu, China, 70,000 killed.
  • 18 Dec Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
  • 19 Dec British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas.
  • 20 Dec Queensland all out 74 versus Victoria, Bert Ironmonger (age 50) 7-13.
  • 21 Dec Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)
  • 24 Dec Arturo Alessandri wins presidental election in Chile.
  • 25 Dec During King George V Christmas dinner speech, his chair collapes.
  • 26 Dec Earthquake kills 70,000 in Kansu, China.
  • 27 Dec Radio City Music Hall theater opens in New York City, New York.