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.
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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Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Starring: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis
Country: United States
Directed by: James Whale
Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Starring: William Haines, Madge Evans, Anita Page, Karen Morley
Directed by: Tod Browning
Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1932 in the USA ?
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