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1931 1932 1933


  • Great Depression: Frederick Louis Allen and William Manchester label 1932 "cruelest year." Deaths of children from malnutrition are reported in New York and San Francisco.
  • Marx brothers film Horse Feathers is released and Marlene Dietrich appears in Blond Venus.
  • Conservative Roman Catholic lawyer António de Oliveira Salazar becomes the fascist dictator of Portugal, a position he will have until his death in 1968. Friend of conservative politicians in Britain and white minority ruled Rhodesia, Salazar insists on holding all of Portuguese overseas empire.
  • Thailand adopts a formal constitution.
  • Pres. Herbert Hoover signs Revenue Act of 1932, rate of the top income tax bracket increased from 25% to 63%.
  • U.S. Marines continue the nineteen year long occupation of Haiti, from 1915-1934.
  • Black Elk Speaks is published.
  • Kim Philby becomes Treasurer of the Cambridge University Socialist Society.
  • Filippo Turrati dies.


  • January 8: The Sakurada or Cheery Gate Incident--a Korean nationalist threw a hand granade at the Japanese Emperor, who was returning from a miltiary parade. The attacker was executed.
  • January 25: Soviet Union and Poland sign a Treaty of Non-aggression.
  • February 22: Future Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy is born.
  • March 29: Filippo Turati, one of the founders of the Italian Socialist Party, dies in Paris.
  • April 3: Vichuga Uprising of textile workers begins in the Soviet Union.
  • July 28: Bonus Army protestor William Hushka is shot and killed by Washington, DC police.
  • September 4: Sergeant's Revolt in Cuba.
  • November 8: Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Herbert Hoover in the U.S. presidential election.
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