1932: On This Year


1932 (MCMXXXII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1932th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1932 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1932 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1932, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1932, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1932, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1932, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1932.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1932 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1932 known for ?

  • 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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1932: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1932, during the 5th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 18/11/1932 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 5 categories honoring the films released in 1932:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1932?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to Grand Hotel, directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1932?

Bad Girl
The Oscar for Best Director went to Frank Borzage, for the movie Bad Girl , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1932?

The Sin of Madelon Claudet
The Oscar for Best Actress went to Helen Hayes, for the movie The Sin of Madelon Claudet, starring Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Robert Young produced in the .

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1932?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to , for the movie , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1932?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to , for the movie , starring produced in the .
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1932: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Franklin D. Roosevelt
In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Roosevelt won the 1932 US Presidential election by a landslide, defeating the incumbent, Herbert Hoover.

1932: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1932 were:

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World


Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" is a seminal work of literature that presents a dystopian vision of a technologically-advanced future where human freedom and individuality are sacrificed for the sake of social stability and control. Huxley, a multifaceted genius and …

Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Bernard Nordhoff

Mutiny on the Bounty


The book "MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" recounts the captivating and tumultuous journey of the HMS Bounty in 1788-1789, which ultimately led to the mutiny of Fletcher Christian against Captain Bligh.

Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Journey to the End of the Night


Celine's novel is a raw, colloquial literary symphony that vividly depicts the author's revulsion and anger towards societal idiocy and hypocrisy, shocking critics upon its initial publication in 1932 but later becoming a success with the reading public in Europe …

Light in August by William Faulkner

Light in August


The novel presents a stark contrast between tragedy and hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, featuring memorable characters such as the guileless and dauntless Lena Grove, the lonely outcast Reverend Gail Hightower, and the desperate and enigmatic drifter Joe …

Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

Tobacco Road


The classic novel "Tobacco Road" by Erskine Caldwell depicts the plight of a Georgia family, the Lesters, who were already impoverished before the Great Depression, and their subsequent descent into destitution and violence as the economic crisis exacerbates their struggles. …

Monkey chinese zodiac sign

1932: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1932?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1932 was the Year of the Monkey.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Monkey sign.

Nobel Prize

1932: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

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1932: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1932 were Robert, James and John for boys and Mary, Betty and Barbara for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1932: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1932 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Robert
  • James
  • John
  • William
  • Richard
  • Charles
  • Donald
  • George
  • Joseph
  • Thomas

1932: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1932 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Betty
  • Barbara
  • Dorothy
  • Joan
  • Patricia
  • Margaret
  • Helen
  • Shirley
  • Doris

1932: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1932 were:

Horse Feathers

Release year: 1932

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

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

Country: United States of America

Grand Hotel

Release year: 1932

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

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

Country: United States of America

The Sign of the Cross

Release year: 1932

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi, Charles Laughton

Country: United States of America

Strange Interlude

Release year: 1932

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Alexander Kirkland, Ralph Morgan

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Release year: 1932

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

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

Country: United States of America


What happened in 1932?

Here's what happened in 1932:

  • Jan 1, 1932: Jacob Cocey Sr chosen as Mayor of Massillon Ohio
  • Jan 2, 1932: Young gang shoots dead six police in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Jan 3, 1932: Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop revolt by banana workers fired by United Fruit.
  • Jan 4, 1932: Bradman scores 167 for Australia vs. South Africa at the MCG
  • Jan 8, 1932: Ratification of present SF City Charter
  • Jan 10, 1932: Mickey Mouse andSilly Symphony comics syndicated
  • Jan 12, 1932: Hattie W Caraway elected 1st woman senator
  • Jan 14, 1932: Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race
  • Jan 19, 1932: Charlie Conacher becomes first Toronto Maple Leafs' player to score five goals in a game, the first coming at 7 seconds of the game.
  • Jan 21, 1932: USSR and Finland stop non-attack treaty
  • Jan 22, 1932: British Anglicans and Old-Catholic church merge.
  • Jan 23, 1932: El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers.
  • Jan 25, 1932: Bradman scores 167 NSW vs. Victoria, 224 mins, 22 fours
  • Jan 26, 1932: British submarine M-2 sinks in Channel
  • Jan 28, 1932: First US state unemployment insurance act enacted, in Wisconsin.
  • Jan 31, 1932: US railway unions accept 10 percent wage reduction.
  • Feb 2, 1932: Al Capone sent to prison
  • Feb 4, 1932: 3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 6, 1932: Fascist coup in the Memel territory.
  • Feb 9, 1932: US airship Columbia crashes during storm (Flushing, New York).
  • Feb 12, 1932: Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees.
  • Feb 13, 1932: Free Eats introduces George Spanky McFarland to Our Gang
  • Feb 15, 1932: 3rd Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 18, 1932: The Empire of Japan declares Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
  • Feb 19, 1932: William Faulkner completes his novel Light in August
  • Feb 20, 1932: Japanese troops occupy Tunhua, China.
  • Feb 21, 1932: Camera exposure meter patented, WN Goodwin.
  • Feb 22, 1932: Purple Heart award re-instituted.
  • Feb 24, 1932: Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona.
  • Feb 25, 1932: Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship.
  • Feb 27, 1932: Explosion in coal mine in Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead).
  • Feb 29, 1932: Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland.
  • Mar 1, 1932: 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.
  • Mar 6, 1932: John Philip Sousa, US composer ("Stars and Stripes Forever"), dies at age 77.
  • Mar 7, 1932: Riots at Ford factory in Dearborn, Michigan, kills 4.
  • Mar 9, 1932: Eamon De Valera becomes President of Ireland.
  • Mar 19, 1932: The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
  • Mar 20, 1932: Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kara-Kalpak ASSR.
  • Mar 24, 1932: First US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker, WABC from Maryland).
  • Mar 27, 1932: De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt.
  • Mar 29, 1932: Jack Benny debuts on radio
  • Mar 30, 1932: Amelia Earhart is 1st woman to fly solo cross the Atlantic
  • Mar 31, 1932: Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine.
  • Apr 2, 1932: Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son.
  • Apr 4, 1932: Vitamin C first isolated, by C C King, at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Apr 5, 1932: Dutch textile strike broken by trade unions.
  • Apr 10, 1932: Paul von Hindenburg elected 1st German President
  • Apr 12, 1932: Emmanuel Chabriers and Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo
  • Apr 13, 1932: Kozakken Boys soccer team forms in Werkendam forms
  • Apr 17, 1932: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery.
  • Apr 19, 1932: US President Herbert Hoover suggests five-day work week.
  • Apr 23, 1932: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon.
  • Apr 24, 1932: German national election (NSDAP 36.3 percent in Prussia).
  • Apr 28, 1932: Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced.
  • May 2, 1932: Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)
  • May 3, 1932: 24 tourists begin first air-charter holiday (London, England, to Basle, Switzerland).
  • May 4, 1932: Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
  • May 5, 1932: Japan and China sign a peace treaty.
  • May 7, 1932: 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • May 9, 1932: WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
  • May 10, 1932: Government declares "Wilhelmus" Netherlands national anthem.
  • May 12, 1932: Body of kidnapped Son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, New Jersey
  • May 13, 1932: Russian Composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar
  • May 14, 1932: We Want Beer! parade in New York
  • May 15, 1932: The May 15 Incident: in an attempted Coup d'etat, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed.
  • May 17, 1932: US Congress changes the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico".
  • May 20, 1932: Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria.
  • May 21, 1932: 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands
  • May 23, 1932: Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman sets 24 hour record of 860 mi, 367 yards
  • May 26, 1932: Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo.
  • May 28, 1932: Dam closed, at current monument
  • May 29, 1932: World War I veterans begin to assemble in Washington, D.C., in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
  • Jun 1, 1932: Lunteren soccer team forms in Lunteren
  • Jun 2, 1932: Franz von Papen Cabinet of the Baron premieres
  • Jun 3, 1932: John McGraw, who came to New York in 1902, resigns as manager of Giants
  • Jun 4, 1932: 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
  • Jun 6, 1932: Carlos Davila coup against President Juan Montero of Chile
  • Jun 7, 1932: 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
  • Jun 10, 1932: First demonstration of artificial lightning, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Jun 13, 1932: Great Britain and France sign peace treaty
  • Jun 14, 1932: German government of von Papen forms
  • Jun 16, 1932: Germany forbids SA / SS-gang fights
  • Jun 17, 1932: Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
  • Jun 19, 1932: Hailstones kill 200 in Hunan Province, China PR
  • Jun 21, 1932: Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling
  • Jun 22, 1932: NL, finally approves players wearing numbers
  • Jun 24, 1932: Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand.
  • Jun 25, 1932: 36th US Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 286 at Fresh Meadows, New York
  • Jun 29, 1932: USSR and China sign no attack treaty
  • Jul 1, 1932: 45th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs
  • Jul 2, 1932: 52nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ellsworth Vines beats H Austin (64 62 60)
  • Jul 3, 1932: John McGraw retires from baseball
  • Jul 4, 1932: Bradman scores 260, a North American record, vs. Western Ontario
  • Jul 5, 1932: Antonio de Oliveira Salazar becomes Premier / Dictator of Portugal
  • Jul 6, 1932: 1st class postage back up to 3 cents from 2 cents
  • Jul 8, 1932: Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22
  • Jul 9, 1932: Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) forms
  • Jul 14, 1932: Belgian Chamber rules Dutch language for education of Flanders
  • Jul 15, 1932: President Hoover cuts own salary 15%
  • Jul 18, 1932: US and Canada sign a treaty to develop Saint Lawrence Seaway.
  • Jul 20, 1932: Crowds in the capitals of Bolivia and Paraguay demand their governments declare war on the other after fighting on their border.
  • Jul 28, 1932: Battle between unemployed war veterans and federal troops, 4 die
  • Jul 30, 1932: 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
  • Jul 31, 1932: 27th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris
  • Aug 2, 1932: Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs.
  • Aug 8, 1932: Congress creates Silver Star medal for gallantry.
  • Aug 10, 1932: In Archie, Missouri, USA a falling meteoroid strikes a homestead; no injuries.
  • Aug 13, 1932: Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing homers andwins game 1-0 in 10 tying
  • Aug 14, 1932: 10th Olympic Games at Los Angeles closes
  • Aug 18, 1932: Auguste Piccard / Max Cosijns reach 16,201m in a balloon
  • Aug 19, 1932: 46th US Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin A Babcock
  • Aug 21, 1932: Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons
  • Aug 22, 1932: BBS begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
  • Aug 24, 1932: 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart
  • Aug 25, 1932: Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight
  • Aug 27, 1932: 200,000 English textile workers strike
  • Aug 29, 1932: International Anti-War Committee forms in Amsterdam
  • Sep 1, 1932: New York City Mayor James J "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigns (graft charges).
  • Sep 3, 1932: Ellsworth Vines beats Henri Cochet for US tennis title.
  • Sep 4, 1932: 15th PGA Championship: Olin Dutra at Keller Golf Club - St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Sep 5, 1932: The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger.
  • Sep 7, 1932: Earl Grace, ends NL catcher record streak of 110 cons errorless games
  • Sep 9, 1932: Mine strikes at Belgian Borinage ended
  • Sep 10, 1932: 52nd US Mens Tennis: Henry E Vines beats Henri Cochet
  • Sep 12, 1932: German government of Papen falls / Reichstag dissolved
  • Sep 13, 1932: New York Yankees clinch their 7th AL pennant
  • Sep 14, 1932: Military coup in Chile under Arturo Alessandri
  • Sep 16, 1932: 30.8 cm rainfall at Westerly, Rhode Island
  • Sep 18, 1932: Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the letter ''H'' in the Hollywood sign.
  • Sep 20, 1932: Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • Sep 23, 1932: The Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd is renamed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Sep 24, 1932: New York Gov Franklin D Roosevelt visits LA
  • Sep 25, 1932: Jimmie Foxx hits his 58th HR in last game of season
  • Sep 28, 1932: New York Yankees win World Series The winning pitcher is Babe Ruth beating Red Sox 9-3
  • Sep 29, 1932: Bill of Divorcement premieres at the Mayfair
  • Oct 1, 1932: Oswald Mosley forms British Union of Fascists
  • Oct 2, 1932: Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play 1st NFL game, lose 14-0
  • Oct 3, 1932: Iraq gains full independence from Britain, joins League of Nations
  • Oct 4, 1932: Clark Griffith announces Walter Johnson will be manager of Senators
  • Oct 8, 1932: The Indian Air Force is established.
  • Oct 10, 1932: Betty & Bob premieres on radio
  • Oct 11, 1932: Stalin forces Zinoviev and Kamenev out of Communist Party
  • Oct 15, 1932: Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
  • Oct 18, 1932: Belgium government of Renkin falls
  • Oct 19, 1932: British government signs trade agreement with Soviet Union
  • Oct 20, 1932: Journalist, Robert Trout, joins CBS
  • Oct 22, 1932: Charles de Broqueville becomes Premier of Belgium
  • Oct 23, 1932: Fred Allen Show premieres on radio
  • Oct 24, 1932: British government signs trade treaty with USSR
  • Oct 25, 1932: Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Company consultant
  • Oct 29, 1932: French liner Normandie is launched
  • Oct 31, 1932: Greek government of Venizelos falls
  • Nov 1, 1932: Wernher von Braun named head of German liquid-fuel rocket program.
  • Nov 5, 1932: Mussolini frees 16,000 criminals
  • Nov 6, 1932: German election - KPD defeats NSDAP
  • Nov 7, 1932: 1st broadcast of Buck Rogers in the 25th century on CBS-radio
  • Nov 8, 1932: Make Mine Music, debuts
  • Nov 9, 1932: Hurricane storm wave sweeps over Santa Cruz del Sur, Cuba; kills 2,500.
  • Nov 12, 1932: 24 killed at Lancashire mine explosion
  • Nov 15, 1932: Walt Disney Art School created
  • Nov 17, 1932: German government of von Papen, resigns
  • Nov 18, 1932: Flowers & Trees receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon
  • Nov 19, 1932: Shaft and Thyssen demand Hitler become German chancellor
  • Nov 20, 1932: Earthquake at Uden Netherlands
  • Nov 22, 1932: Pump patented that computes quantity and price delivered
  • Nov 24, 1932: In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • Nov 27, 1932: Poland and the USSR signs non-attack treaty
  • Nov 28, 1932: France and the USSR signs not-attack treaty
  • Nov 29, 1932: Cole Porters musical Gay Divorcee, premieres in New York City
  • Dec 2, 1932: Adventures of Charlie Chan first heard on NBC-Blue radio network.
  • Dec 5, 1932: German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
  • Dec 7, 1932: First gyro-stabilized vessel to cross the Atlantic arrives in New York, USA.
  • Dec 10, 1932: King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution.
  • Dec 12, 1932: S N Behrmans Biography, premieres in New York City
  • Dec 14, 1932: French government of Edouard Herriot falls.
  • Dec 16, 1932: Heavy earthquake ravages Kansu, China, 70,000 killed.
  • Dec 18, 1932: Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
  • Dec 19, 1932: British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas.
  • Dec 20, 1932: Queensland all out 74 versus Victoria, Bert Ironmonger (age 50) 7-13.
  • Dec 21, 1932: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie
  • Dec 24, 1932: Arturo Alessandri wins presidental election in Chile.
  • Dec 25, 1932: During King George V Christmas dinner speech, his chair collapes.
  • Dec 26, 1932: Earthquake kills 70,000 in Kansu, China.
  • Dec 27, 1932: Radio City Music Hall theater opens in New York City, New York.
  • Jan 21, 1932: Finland and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty.


What does the year 1932 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1932 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 33rd year of the 20th century and the 2nd year of the 1930s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1931 and precedes 1933.

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