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1932 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1932 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Yankees|
Stanley Cup Champions
|Toronto Maple Leafs|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|H. Ellsworth Vines/Helen H. Jacobs|
|Ellsworth Vines/Helen Moody|
NCAA Football Champions
|Michigan & USC|
|Rose Bowl: January 1, 1932 - USC over Tulane|
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Franklin D. Roosevelt|
1932's Fresh Faces and Top Celebrities
|Josephine Baker, Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Dolores Del Rio, Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Todd, Mae West|
|"I want to be alone."
- Greta Garbo, in Grand Hotel
"Ah'd like to kiss ya, but ah jest washed ma hair."
- Bette Davis, in Cabin in the Cotton
When the BBC World Service started broadcasting in 1932, it announced several times that "The programs will neither be very interesting nor very good."
1932 Pop Culture History
|Babe Ruth did not call a home run in the 1932 World
Betty Boop was originally supposed to be an anthropomorphic dog. They decided to change her to human but kept her dog ears from 1930 to 1932. he 1932 Betty Boop short "Minnie the Moocher" features the earliest known film of Cab Calloway performing.
Al Capone's Cadillac was seized by the government in 1932 and later used as Franklin Roosevelt's limousine
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
The largest bass fish ever caught was reeled in by George Perry and weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces.
20 month-old Charles Lindbergh Jr was kidnapped on March 1st, and found dead on May 21st. Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty of the crime and executed in 1936.
James Chadwick discovered the neutron. Carl David Anderson discovered the positron.
The first Summer Olympics to turn a profit was in 1932 in Los Angeles. The second was in 1984, also in Los Angeles. Because of the Great Depression, only one city made a bid to host the 1932 olympics; Los Angeles. More than half of the nations that had gone to the 1928 games couldn't afford to send a team.
The mesmerizing hook from White Town's classic 90s tune Your Woman is sampled from Al Bowlly's 1932 song My Woman.
In May 1932, Al Capone was sent to Atlanta for eleven years, the toughest of the federal prisons and obtained special privileges from the authorities such as furnishing his cell with a mirror, typewriter, rugs, and a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
In the summer olympics of 1932, India beat USA 24 - 1 at Field Hockey. Idia won Gold. Japan won Silver and the US won Bronze. There were no other contestants.
Aladár Gerevich won his first gold medal in six sequential Olympics between 1932-1960. It probably would have been 8, but the 1940 and 1944 games were cancelled due to World War II.
Even though the 1932 NFL Championship Game was played on an 80 yard field, at the Chicago Stadium, the ball was moved back 20 yards once the offense crossed midfield, simulating a regular 100 yard field.
Ethan Allen Interiors opened in Beecher Falls, Vermont.
Radio City Music hall opened on December 27, 1932. The first show featured Ray Bolger (vaudville song-and-dance man, Wizard of Oz's scarecrow) and dancing great Martha Graham.
The famous 1932 photograph "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper" was among many posed photos taken and distributed to the news media with the intention of promoting Depression-era real estate.
The staple remover wasn't invented until 1932, 66 years after the stapler was invented.
The disclaimer at the end of movies ("This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.") was introduced after Princess Irina Yusupova sued MGM for implying in a 1932 movie that she had been seduced by Rasputin.
The cost of tuition for 1 year at Yale was $1,056 for one year.
World War II News and Information
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
15,000-17,000 World War I veterans set up camp throughout Washington
DC to force Congress to immediately pay their bonus. They were forcibly
removed by tanks and cavalry.
Mary Elizabeth Frye, an American housewife and florist, wrote a
not stand at my grave and weep) on a paper bag.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
1932's White Zombie is considered to be the first feature
length zombie film.
|Reading The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Reading Light in August by William Faulkner
Reading Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
Mary Elizabeth Frye
|Mary Elizabeth Frye (November 13, 1905 - September
15, 2004), an American housewife and florist, who, in 1932, scribbled
a poem ('Do not stand at my grave and weep') on a paper bag. She circulated
the poem privately, but never published or copyrighted it. In 1995
a BBC poll found that the poem "became the nation's favourite
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1932 include:
Louis Armstrong, Ted Black & His Orchestra, Bing Crosby, Jack Denny & His Orchestra, Duke Ellingon, Jimmie Grier & His Orchestra, Jack Hylton and His Orchestra, Art Kassel and His Kassels-in-the-Air, Wayne King and His Orchestra, Ted Lewis and His Band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, The Mills Brothers, Ruby Newman & His Orchestra, Ray Noble and His Orchestra, George Olsen and His Orchestra, Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, Peter van Steeden & His Orchestra, Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Charts based on Billboard music charts.
|A Bill of Divorcement, A Farewell to Arms, Blonde Venus, Boudu Saved From Drowning, Cabin in The Cotton, Freaks, Grand Hotel, Horse Feathers, I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, The Kid From Spain, LOve Me Tonight, Me and My Gal, The Most Dangerous Game, Night After Night, The Old Dark House, Red Dust, Scarface, Shanghai Express, The Sign of the Cross, Tarzan the Ape Man, Trouble in Paradise, The Vampyr, White Zombie|
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