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1932 Trivia

<< - 1931
World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
Stanley Cup Champs:
Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf:
Gene Sarazan
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
H. Ellsworth Vines/Helen H. Jacobs
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Ellsworth Vines/Helen Moody
NCAA Football Champions:
Michigan & USC
Kentucky Derby:
Burgoo King
The Hotties, Fashion Icons and Sex Symbols:
Josephine Baker, Joan Blondell, Claudette Colbert, Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Dolores Del Rio, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Todd, Mae West
"The Quote"
"I want to be alone."
- Greta Garbo, in 'Grand Hotel'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Miss America:
none
1932 Pop Culture News:
Carl Magee invented the first parking meter, but it was first used in Oklahoma City in 1935.

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.

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 disclaimer at the end of movies ("Any resemblance to persons living or dead") was introduced after Princess Irina Yusupova sued MGM for implying in a 1932 movie that she had been seduced by Rasputin.

The Habit:
Everyone was reading The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.
1st appearances & 1932's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Tripoly Game
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Grand Hotel
Popular Music in 1932 - # 1 Hits of 1932