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January 1932

Politics and Society

  • Reconstruction Finance Corporation established by the Hoover administration as an attempt to restart the economy

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes resigns from the Supreme Court

  • Albany: FDR enters presidential race

Science and Technology

USC wins the the college football national championship by defeating Tulane 21-12 in the Rose Bowl


Japan takes control of Manchuria

U.S.S.R signs non-aggression pact with Poland

February 1932

Politics and Society

Benjamin N. Cardozo named to U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy is born
Science and Technology

Films Released in 1932

  • Shanghai Expressstarring Marlene Dietrich

  • The Music Box, featuring Laurel and Hardy

  • Scarface, directed by Howard Hawks

  • Horse Feathers, featuring the Marx Brothers

  • I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, starring Paul Muni

  • The Mummy, starring Boris Karloff

  • A Farewell to Arms, starring Gary Cooper

Shouldn’t this be under culture??????


In the Lake Placid, NY, Winter Olympics, the U.S. wins 10 gold medals and has the best team performance


Soviets strip Trotsky of Russian citizenship
Mussolini meets Pope Pius XI for the first time, mending the split between Fascists and Catholics (picture?)

Manchurian independence formally declared

Hitler is Nazi party candidate for presidential elections

March 1932

Politics and Society

  • Charles Lindbergh's baby is kidnapped, and a ransom is demanded and paid

  • Four protesters are killed during a riot at the Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan

  • The 20th Amendment, which will move the presidential inauguration to January 20, is sent to the states for ratification

  • The Norris-LaGuardia Anti-Injunction Act is passed, marking a victory for labor

Science and Technology

George Eastman, founder of Kodak, dies (suicide)

Writer John Updike is born on March 18

Composer and “March King” John Philip Sousa dies at 77

Tarzan? (clip?)


Books Released in 1932

  • Death in the Afternoon--Ernest Hemingway

  • Light in August--William Faulkner

  • 1919--John Dos Passos

  • The Thin Man--Dashiell Hammett

  • Tobacco Road--Erskine Caldwell

  • Young Lonigan--James Farrell

  • Mutiny on the Bounty--Charles Nordhoff and James Hall

  • Little House in the Big Woods--Laura Ingalls Wilder

Shouldn’t this be under culture???????

Britain warns Ireland that loyalty oath is mandatory

April 1932

Politics and Society

Daughters of American Revolution ask for deportation of jobless aliens

Thomas Massie murder trial in Honolulu—he pleads insanity (says he can’t remember killing his wife) and city is divided over verdict, troops guard city

Science and Technology

John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton publish information on their splitting the atom

Chemist C.C. King isolates vitamin C

First yellow fever vaccine announced; developed by Sawyer, Lloyd and Kitchen


  • The Toronto Maple Leafs win the NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the New York Rangers

  • Paul Debruyn wins the Boston Marathon


Ethiopia: Haile Selassie abolishes slavery

Kitler loses run-off election for the presidency to Hindenberg

May 1932
Politics and Society

  • The Lindbergh baby is found dead

  • Bonus Marchers begin arriving in Washington, D.

  • Communist Party nominates William Z. Foster for presidency

Sci and Tech

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic


  • Pulitzer prizes given for Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth (fiction), Henry Pringle's Theodore Roosevelt (biography), John J. Pershing's My Experiences in the World War (history), George Dillon's The Flowering Stone (poetry), and the musical Of Thee I Sing (drama) by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, and Ira Gershwin

Burgoo King wins the Kentucky Derby

French President Paul Doumer assassinated; succeeded by Albert Lebrun

June 1932

Politics and Society

Federal gasoline tax takes effect

Rep. Edward Eslick dies on floor of House while pleading for thee passage of the bonus bill—bill later defeated by Senate

Hoover re-nominated on Republican ticket
Sci and Tech

  • Gene Sarazen wins the U.S. Open golf tournament

  • Jack Sharkey defeats Germany's Max Schmeling to win the heavyweight boxing championship

Lou Gerhig ties record with four straight homeruns


Girl Before a Mirror, by Pablo Picasso

Conference on war reparation opens in Lausanne, Switzerland; Germany tells France reparations will not be repaid

July 1932

Politics and Society

  • The Democratic Party nominates Franklin Roosevelt as its presidential candidate

  • In his acceptance speech, Roosevelt introduces the phrase "New Deal"

  • The Relief and Reconstruction Act signed by President Hoover to support state and local relief agencies

  • Led by General Douglass MacArthur, U.S. army troops force the bonus marchers out of their camp, and two policemen and two marchers are killed

Film or sound of FDR’s speech

Sci and Tech

King Camp Gillette inventor of the safety razor dies at age 77

River Rouge Plant, by Charles Sheeler

Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles


The Nazi party wins control of the Reichstag

After three weeks of negotiations, German reparation payments are suspended.

Turkey becomes 56th member of League of Nations

China: 10,000 die as Chiang opens campaign against Communists

U.S.S.R. Signs non-aggression pact with Poland, Japan

August 1932

Politics and Society

Sci and Tech

Rome: Marconi successfully tests first short-wave radio

Millions in Maine watch solar eclipse

The U.S. teams wins 16 gold medals in the Summer Olympics (July 30-Aug. 14) in Los Angeles


German Chancellor von Papen bars Hitler from German government; Hitler predicts the Nazi Party’s “total victory”

September 1932

Politics and Society

Songs Released in 1932

  • "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" by Rudy Vallee

  • "Night and Day" by Fred Astaire

  • "All of Me" by Louis Armstrong

  • "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl" by Bessie Smith

  • "Dinah" by Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers

  • "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Bing Crosby

  • "Paradise" by Guy Lombardo

  • "Say It Isn't So" by George Olsen

Shouldn’t this be under culture??????
New York Mayor Jimmy Walker resigns under charges of corruption; editorials???

15,000 begin five-day work week at GM

Sci and Tech

In Cleveland, Jimmy Doolittle is the first person to fly over 300 mph


In Germany, Nazi leader Hermann Wilhelm Goering is elected as Speaker of the Reichstag

Von Papen dissolves Reichstag after vote of no confidence

World Peace Conference convenes in Vienna Austria, attended by 80 delegats from 14 countries

Gandhi 5-day hunger strike in prison to protest separate electorate for untouchables; ends when Hindus and untouchables sign Poona Pact, allowing increased representation for untouchables

October 1932
Politics and Society

Hoover lays cornerstone for Supreme Court Building


FDR urges five-day work week, federal aid for unemployed
Sci and Tech

Einstein places age of Earth at ten billion years

Zippo lighter invented by George C. Blaisdell

New York Yankees (AL) defeat the Chicago Cubs (NL) at Wrigley Field to win 29th World Series in a four-game sweep; Babe Ruth hits "called shot" home run

Hurricane Express (John Wayne)


Iraq joins League of Nations

November 1932

Politics and Society

  • In the Supreme Court case Powell v. Alabama, the Scottsboro Boys are granted a new trial

  • Democratic candidate Franklin Roosevelt wins the presidential election over the Republican incumbent Herbert Hoover

  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated in Arlington National Cemetery

First woman is elected to the U.S. Senate: Hattie Caraway of Arkansas was earlier appointed to fill the unexpired term of her late husband

Sci and Tech

Irving Langmuir wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Charles W. Chesnutt, author of stories such as "The Goophered Grapevine," dies

Buck Rogers” airs on CBS radio

Cole Porter’s “Gay Divorce” opens on Broadway to limited success; features hit song “Night and Day”

U.S.S.R. signs non-aggression pact with France

December 1932

Politics and Society

Science and Technology

Telephone service established (inaugurated?) between Hawaii and U.S.


  • Radio City Music Hall opens

  • Academy Awards given to Grand Hotel (best picture), Fredric March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (best actor), Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (best actress), and Walt Disney, for inventing the character Mickey Mouse

  • Army beats Navy 20-0


70,000 killed in massive earthquake in China

Should year in review be at end or beginning?????


First woman elected to senate? Hattie Caraway, dem ark.

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