• Reconstruction Finance Corporation established by the Hoover administration as an attempt to restart the economy
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes resigns from the Supreme Court
  • 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
  • The Lindbergh baby is found dead
  • Bonus Marchers begin arriving in Washington, D.C.
  • Federal gasoline tax takes effect
  • 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
    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
  • 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
Franklin D. Roosevelt
    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
  • John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton publish information on their splitting the atom
  • Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic
Amelia Earhart
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  • Irving Langmuir wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
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  • USC wins the college football national championship by defeating Tulane 21-12 in the Rose Bowl
  • In the Lake Placid, NY, Winter Olympics, the U.S. wins 10 gold medals and has the best team performance
  • Writer John Updike is born on March 18
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs win the NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the New York Rangers
  • Paul Debruyn wins the Boston Marathon
  • 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
  • Gene Sarazen wins the U.S. Open golf tournament
  • Jack Sharkey defeats Germany's Max Schmeling to win the heavyweight boxing championship
River Rouge Plant--Charles Sheeler River Rouge Plant, by Charles Sheeler
  • The U.S. teams wins 16 gold medals in the Summer Olympics (July 30-Aug. 14) in Los Angeles
  • 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
  • Charles W. Chesnutt, author of stories such as "The Goophered Grapevine," dies
  • 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
  • Japan takes control of Manchuria
    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
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Girl Before a Mirror--Pablo Picasso Girl Before a Mirror, by Pablo Picasso
  • The Nazi party wins control of the Reichstag
  • In Germany, Hermann Wilhelm Goring is elected as Speaker of the Reichstag
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year in review