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1932

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Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar.

Events of 1932

January

3 January: Arrest of Gandhi & Patel.
3 January: Arrest of Gandhi & Patel.
  • 12 January - Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
  • 14 January - Maurice Ravel's Concerto in G debuts with piano soloist Marguerite Long and Ravel conducting the Lamoureux Orchestra.
  • 15 January - About 6 million are unemployed in Germany.
  • 26 January - British submarine HMS M2 sinks with all 60 hands.
  • 28 January - Japan occupies Shanghai.
  • 29 January - Minority government of Karl Mureschi in Austria ends the governmental crisis.
  • 30 January - Brave New World, a novel by Aldous Huxley, is first published.
  • 31 January - Japanese warships arrive in Nanking.

February

  • 2 February
  • 4 February - 1932 Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York. Japan occupies Harbin, China.
  • 11 February - Pope Pius XI meets Benito Mussolini in Vatican City.
  • 15 February - Clara, Lu & Em, generally regarded as the first daytime network soap opera, debuts in its morning time slot over the Blue Network of NBC Radio, having originally been a late evening program.
  • 18 February - Japan declares Manzhouguo (Japanese name for Manchuria) formally independent from China.
  • 25 February - Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, opening the opportunity for him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
  • 27 February - Mäntsälä Rebellion occurs in Finland.

March

  • 1 March - Charles Lindbergh, Jr., the infant son of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey.
  • 7 March - Four people are killed when police fire upon 3000 unemployed autoworkers marching outside the Ford River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
  • 9 March - Eamon de Valera is elected President of the Executive Council. It is the first change of government in the Irish Free State in 10 years.
  • 18 March - Peace negotiations between China and Japan begin.
  • 19 March - Sydney Harbour Bridge opens.
  • 20 March - Graf Zeppelin begins a regular route to South America.
  • 25 March - Tarzan the Ape Man opens, with Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the title role. Weismuller starred in a total of 12 Tarzan films.

April

  • April - 10 000 disgruntled Newfoundlanders march on their legislature to show discontent with their current political situation; this was a flash point in the demise of the Dominion of Newfoundland.
  • April - Kreuger & Toll, the company of the "Match King" Ivar Kreuger, collapses.
  • 5 April - Prohibition is lifted in Finland at 10 in the morning (local time), resulting in a new mnemonic " 543210".
  • 6 April
    • U.S. president Herbert Hoover supports armament limitations.
    • Trial against fraudulent art dealer Otto Wacker begins in Berlin.
  • 10 April - Paul von Hindenburg is elected president of Germany.
  • 17 April - Haile Selassie announces an anti-slavery law in Abyssinia.
  • 19 April - German art dealer Otto Wacker is sentenced to 19 months in prison for selling fraudulent paintings he attributed to Vincent van Gogh.
  • 25 April - Two of the companions of Islam's Last Prophet Muhammad were moved from their graves upon informing of water in the graves in the dream of King Faisal of Iraq in Salmaan Paak, Iraq. Their names were Hazrat Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman and Hazrat Jabir ibn Abd-Allah.

May

  • 2 May - Comedian Jack Benny's radio show airs for the first time.
  • 6 May - Paul Gorguloff assassinates French president Paul Doumer in Paris. Doumer dies the next day.
  • 10 May - Albert Lebrun becomes the new president of France.
  • 12 May - Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead just a few miles from the Lindberghs' home.
  • 13 May - The Premier of New South Wales, Jack Lang, is dismissed by the State Governor, Sir Phillip Game.
  • 15 May - Japanese troops leave Shanghai; May 15 Incident, the assassination of Japanese prime minister Tsuyoshi Inukai, occurs.
  • 16 May - Massive riots between Hindus and Muslims in Bombay - thousands dead and injured.
  • 20 May-21 - Amelia Earhart flies from USA to Derry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes.
  • 29 May - The first of approximately 15,000 World War I veterans arrive in Washington, D.C. demanding the immediate payment of their military bonus, becoming known as the Bonus Army.
  • 30 May - German chancellor Heinrich Brüning resigns. President Hindenburg takes Franz von Papen to form a new government.

June

  • 4 June - Military coup occurs in Chile.
  • 6 June - The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States at 1 cent per US gallon (0.26 ¢/L) sold.
  • 14 June - Bans against SS and SA overturned in Germany.
  • 20 June - Benelux customs union is negotiated.
  • 24 June - After a relatively bloodless military rebellion, Siam becomes a constitutional monarchy.
  • 29 June - The comedy serial Vic and Sade debuts on NBC Radio.

July

  • 5 July - Antonio de Oliveira Salazar becomes the fascist prime minister of Portugal (for the next 36 years).
  • 7 July - French submarine Sromethee sinks off Cherbourg - 66 dead.
  • 8 July - The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22.
  • 12 July
    • Norway annexes northern Greenland.
    • Hedley Verity establishes a new first-class cricket record by taking all ten wickets for only ten runs against Nottinghamshire on a pitch affected by a storm.
  • 17 July - Bloody Sunday of Altona in Germany - armed communists attack a national socialist demonstration - 18 dead. Many other political street fights follow.
  • 28 July - U.S. President Herbert Hoover orders the U.S. Army to forcibly evict the Bonus Army of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, D.C.. Troops dispersed the last of the Bonus Army the next day.
  • 30 July
    • 1932 Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles.
    • Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees, the first animated cartoon to be presented in full Technicolor, premieres in Los Angeles, California. It releases in theaters, along with Eugene O'Neill's experimental play Strange Interlude (starring Norma Shearer and Clark Gable), and will go on to win the first Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

August

  • August - Beginning of farmers' revolt in Midwestern United States.
  • 1 August - Beginning of the second International Polar Year, an international scientific collaboration.
  • 2 August - First positron is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
  • 6 August - First Venice Film Festival is held.
  • 7 August - Raymond Edward Welch (1894 - 1964) became first one legged man to scale the 6,288 ft. Mount Washington, NH.
  • 10 August - A 5.1 kg chondrite-type meteorite broke into at least seven fragments and struck earth near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.
  • 18 August - Auguste Piccard reaches altitude of 16,197 meters with an air balloon.
  • 30 August - Hermann Göring is elected as a chairman of German senate.
  • 31 August - Total solar eclipse visible from northern Canada through NE Vermont, New Hampshire, SW Maine, and the Capes of Massachusetts.

September

  • 9 September - The Generalitat reinstated, Catalonia regains political autonomy inside the 2nd Spanish Republic from 25 September.
  • 11 September - Canadian operations end on the Great Gorge and International Railway.
  • 18 September - Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide jumping from the letter H of the (then) " Hollywoodland" sign.
  • 20 September - Mohandas Gandhi begins a hunger strike in Poona prison.
  • 23 September - The Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd is renamed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 28 September - According to Prussian statistics, 115 people have been killed in political riots during the year.

October

  • 15 October
    • Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
    • The Michigan Marching Band (then called the Varsity band) debuts Script Ohio at the Michigan versus Ohio State game in Columbus.
  • 19 October - Wedding of Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
  • 23 October - Fred Allen's radio comedy show debuts on CBS.

November

In 1932 the Cipher Bureau broke the German Enigma cipher and overcame the ever-growing structural and operating complexities of the evolving Enigma with plugboard, the main German cipher device during World War II.
In 1932 the Cipher Bureau broke the German Enigma cipher and overcame the ever-growing structural and operating complexities of the evolving Enigma with plugboard, the main German cipher device during World War II.
  • 1 November - San Francisco Opera House opens.
  • 7 November - Buck Rogers in the 25th Century airs on radio for the first time.
  • 8 November - U.S. presidential election, 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Herbert Hoover in a landslide victory.
  • 9 November
    • Riots between conservative and socialist supporters in Switzerland - 13 dead, 60 injured.
    • A hurricane and huge waves kills about 2,500 in Santa Cruz del Sur in the worst natural disaster in Cuba history.
  • 16 November - New York City's Palace Theatre fully converts to a cinema, which is considered the final death knell of vaudeville as a popular entertainment in the United States.
  • 19 November - Second wife of Joseph Stalin is found dead in her home.
  • 21 November - German president Hindenburg begins negotiations with Adolf Hitler about the formation of a new government.
  • 24 November - In Washington, DC, the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 30 November - The Cipher Bureau breaks the German Enigma cipher.

December

  • 3 December - Hindenburg names Kurt von Schleicher as a German chancellor.
  • 12 December - Japan and Soviet Union reform their diplomatic connections.
  • 19 December - BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service.
  • 25 December - Earthquake in the Kansu Province in China: 70,000 dead.
  • 27 December - Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.

Undated

  • Heath Hen becomes extinct.
  • Female suffrage granted in Brazil.
  • Beginning of the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay.
  • Mars Bar is sold for the first time.
  • Zippo lighters are developed.
  • Zero-length springs are invented, revolutionizing seismometers and gravimeters.
  • The Kennedy-Thorndike experiment shows that measured time as well as length are affected by motion, in accordance with the theory of special relativity.
  • James Chadwick discovers the neutron.
  • Geneticist J. B. S. Haldane publishes The Causes of Evolution and thereby unifies the findings of Mendelian genetics with those of evolutionary science.
  • Republican Citizens Committee Against National Prohibition established for repeal of prohibition in U.S.
  • Prontosil, the first oral antibiotic, is discovered by Gerhard Domagk, but no publication occurs until 1935.

Births

1932 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 1932
MCMXXXII
Ab urbe condita 2685
Armenian calendar 1381
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Bahá'í calendar 88 – 89
Berber calendar 2882
Buddhist calendar 2476
Burmese calendar 1294
Byzantine calendar 7440 – 7441
Chinese calendar 辛未年十一月廿四日
(4568/4628-11-24)
— to —
壬申年十二月初五日
(4569/4629-12-5)
Coptic calendar 1648 – 1649
Ethiopian calendar 1924 – 1925
Hebrew calendar 5692 – 5693
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1987 – 1988
 - Shaka Samvat 1854 – 1855
 - Kali Yuga 5033 – 5034
Holocene calendar 11932
Iranian calendar 1310 – 1311
Islamic calendar 1350 – 1351
Japanese calendar Shōwa 7
(昭和7年)
Korean calendar 4265
Thai solar calendar 2475

January-February

  • 1 January - Tzaims Luksus, American artist and fashion designer
  • 3 January
    • Dabney Coleman, American actor
    • Neil Levang, American musician
    • Coo Coo Marlin, American race car driver (d. 2005)
  • 5 January
    • Johnny Adams, American musician (d. 1998)
    • Umberto Eco, Italian scholar and author
  • 6 January - Stuart A. Rice, American chemist
  • 13 January - Joseph Cardinal Zen, Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong
  • 16 January - Dian Fossey, American zoologist (d. 1985)
  • 18 January - Robert Anton Wilson, American author (d. 2007)
  • 22 January - Piper Laurie, American actress
  • 25 January - Nikolay Anikin, Soviet cross-country skier
  • 26 January - Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer (d. 2004)
  • 29 January
    • Tommy Taylor, English footballer (d. 1958)
    • George Allen, English footballer
  • 30 January - Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician
  • 1 February - John Nott, British polictian
  • 3 February - Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (d. 1984)
  • 6 February - François Truffaut, French film director (d. 1984)
  • 7 February - Gay Talese, American author
  • 8 February - John Williams, American composer and conductor
  • 9 February - Gerhard Richter, German painter
  • 11 February
    • Jerome Lowenthal, American pianist
    • Dennis Skinner, British politician
  • 12 February - Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (d. 1998)
  • 14 February - Alexander Kluge, German author and film director
  • 16 February - Harry Goz, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 18 February - Miloš Forman, Czech film director
  • 20 February - Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • 22 February - Edward Kennedy, American politician
  • 22 February - Robert Opron, French automotive designer
  • 23 February - Majel Barrett, American actress
  • 24 February - Michel Legrand, French composer
  • 25 February - Faron Young American singer (d. 1996)
  • 26 February - Johnny Cash, American singer (d. 2003)
  • 27 February - Elizabeth Taylor, English-born actress
  • 28 February - Don Francks, Canadian actor

March-April

  • 4 March
    • Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist (d. 2007)
    • Miriam Makeba, South African singer
    • Ed Roth, American car designer (d. 2001)
    • Frank Wells, American entertainment businessman (d. 1994)
  • 6 March - Bronisław Geremek, Polish social historian and politician (d. 2008)
  • 12 March
    • Barbara Feldon, American actress
    • Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • 16 March - Don Blasingame, Major League Baseball player and Japanese baseball manager (d. 2005)
  • 17 March - Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist
  • 18 March - John Updike, American author
  • 21 March - Walter Gilbert, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 25 March - Gene Shalit, American film critic
  • 30 March - Ted Morgan, French-born author, biographer, and journalist
  • 1 April
    • Gordon Jump, American television actor (d. 2003)
    • Debbie Reynolds, American actress
  • 2 April - Michael Vernon, Australian consumer activist (d.1993)
  • 4 April
    • Anthony Perkins, American actor (d. 1992)
    • Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian film director (d. 1986)
  • 8 April - Baginda Almutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, King of Malaysia
  • 9 April
    • Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (d. 2006)
    • Carl Perkins, American musician (d. 1998)
  • 11 April - Joel Grey, American actor
  • 12 April
    • Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (assassinated) (d. 2005)
    • Tiny Tim, American musician (d. 1996)
  • 21 April - Elaine May, American movie director
  • 23 April - Halston, American fashion designer (d. 1990)
  • 25 April - William Roache, British actor (Coronation Street)
  • 26 April - Michael Smith, English-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)
  • 27 April
    • Casey Kasem, American disc jockey and voice actor
    • Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born mathematician and philosopher (d. 1999)

May-June

  • 7 May
    • Jenny Joseph, English poet
    • Jordi Bonet, Canadian artist
  • 8 May
    • Phyllida Law, Scottish actress
    • Sonny Liston, American boxer (d. 1970)
  • May
  • 19 May - Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
  • 25 May
    • John Gregory Dunne, American writer (d. 2003)
    • Roger Bowen, American actor (d. 1996)
    • K.C. Jones, American basketball player and coach
  • 4 June
    • John Drew Barrymore, American actor (d. 2004)
    • Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (d. 2004)
  • 9 June - Jack Imel, American singer
  • 12 June - Rona Jaffe, American novelist (d. 2005)
  • 15 June - Mario Cuomo, American politician
  • 18 June
    • Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
    • Geoffrey Hill, English poet
  • 22 June - Prunella Scales, English Actress
  • 25 June - Peter Blake, English artist
  • 27 June - Anna Moffo, American soprano (d. 2006)
  • 28 June - Pat Morita, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 29 June - Brian Hutton, Baron Hutton, British Law Lord

July-August

  • 2 July - Dave Thomas, American fast-food entrepreneur (d. 2002)
  • 4 July - Otis Young, African-American actor (d. 2001)
  • 7 July - Eileen Lemass, Irish politician
  • 9 July - Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • 12 July - Otis Davis, American runner
  • 16 July
    • Tim Asch, Anthropologist, photographer and ethnographic filmmaker
    • Max McGee, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 21 July - Ernie Warlick, American football player
  • 29 July - Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, U.S. Senator
  • 1 August - Meena Kumari, Indian actress (d. 1972)
  • 2 August
    • Lamar Hunt, American sportsman
    • Peter O'Toole, Irish actor
  • 6 August - Howard Hodgkin, British painter and print-maker
  • 7 August - Dr. Maurice Rabb, Jr., African American ophthalmologist (d. 2005)
  • 8 August - Mel Tillis, American singer
  • 11 August - Fernando Arrabal, Moroccan-born writer
  • 12 August - Charlie O'Donnell, American game show announcer
  • 17 August - V. S. Naipaul, West Indian-born writer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 18 August - William R. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia

September-October

  • 4 September - Dinsdale Landen, British actor (d. 2003)
  • 7 September - Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (d. 2003)
  • 8 September - Patsy Cline, American singer (d. 1963)
  • 11 September - Peter Anderson, English footballer
  • 18 September - Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (d. 2002)
  • 22 September - Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania
  • 25 September
    • Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (d. 1982)
    • Charles Stanley, American televangelist
  • 26 September
    • Richard Herd, American actor
    • Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
  • 27 September - Oliver E. Williamson, American economist
  • 29 September - Mehmood, Indian actor (d. 2004)
  • 30 September - Shintaro Ishihara, Japanese author and politician
  • 4 October - Milan Chvostek, Canadian television director
  • 5 October - Michael John Rogers, English ornithologist (d. 2006)
  • 8 October - Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player
  • 9 October - David Plowden, American photographer
  • 10 October - Harry Smith, English footballer
  • 11 October - Dottie West, American singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 12 October - Dick Gregory, American comedian and activist
  • 13 October - Jean Edward Smith, American political scientist and biographer
  • 18 October - Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuanian politician
  • 19 October - Robert Reed, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 20 October
    • Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
    • William Christopher, American actor
  • 24 October
    • Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
    • Robert Mundell, Canadian economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 25 October - Harry Gregg, Irish footballer and football manager
  • 27 October - Sylvia Plath, American poet and author (d. 1963)
  • 28 October - Suzy Parker, American actress (d. 2003)

November-December

  • 3 November - Albert Reynolds, eighth Taoiseach of Ireland
  • 4 November
    • Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (d. 2004)
    • Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (d. 1999)
  • 11 November - Germano Mosconi, Italian journalist
  • 10 November - Roy Scheider, American film actor (d. 2008)
  • 12 November - Jerry Douglas, American actor
  • 13 November - Richard Mulligan, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 15 November -
    • Clyde McPhatter, American singer (d. 1972)
    • Petula Clark, British singer, actress, and songwriter
  • 18 November - Yoyoy Villame, Philippine Novelty singer and movie actor (d. 2007)
  • 20 November - Richard Dawson, British-born comedian and game show host
  • 22 November - Robert Vaughn, American actor
    • 22 November - Keith Wickenden, British politician (d. 1983)
  • 27 November - Benigno Aquino, Jr., Filipino politician and senator (d. 1983)
  • 29 November
    • Jacques Chirac, President of France
    • Diane Ladd, American actress
  • 2 December - Manuel Puig, Argentinian writer (d. 1990)
  • 5 December
    • Sheldon Lee Glashow, American physicist
    • Little Richard, American singer
  • 6 December - Don King, American boxing promoter
  • 7 December
    • Ellen Burstyn, American actress
    • Paul Caponigro, American photographer
  • 9 December - Bill Hartack, American jockey
  • 9 December - Morton Downey, Jr., American television personality (d. 2001)
  • 21 December - Edward Hoagland, American essayist
  • 24 December
    • On Kawara, Japanese conceptual artist
    • Earl Dodge, American temperance movement leader
  • 28 December
    • Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (d. 2002)
    • Dorsey Burnette, American singer (d. 1979)
    • Roy Hattersley, British politician
    • Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer
  • date unknown
    • Basil Blackshaw, Irish artist
    • Mohamed Hamri, Moroccan artist (d. 2000)
    • Irene Jai Narayan, Fiji politician
    • Blaze Starr, American dancer

Deaths

January - June

  • 8 January - Eurosia Fabris, Italian Catholic Blessed (b. 1866)
  • 13 January - J. Ernest Mangnall, English football manager (b. 1866)
  • 21 January - Giles Lytton Strachey British writer and biographer (b. 1880)
  • 24 January - Sir Alfred Yarrow, English shipbuilder and philanthropist (b. 1842)
  • 26 January - William Wrigley Jr., U.S. chewing gum industrialist (b. 1861)
  • 10 February - Edgar Wallace, English novelist and screenwriter (b. 1875)
  • 16 February - Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1841)
  • 1 March - Frank Teschemacher, American musician (b. 1706)
  • 6 March - John Philip Sousa, American band leader, conductor, and composer (b. 1854)
  • 7 March - Aristide Briand, French statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1862)
  • 14 March - George Eastman, American inventor (b. 1854)
  • 31 March - Eben Byers, American steel tycoon and socialite (radiation poisoning) (b. 1880)
  • 4 April - Wilhelm Ostwald, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1853)
  • 20 April - Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician (b. 1858)
  • 26 April - William Lockwood, English cricketer (b. 1868)
  • 27 April - Hart Crane, American poet (b. 1899)
  • 3 May -
    • Henri de Gaulle, father of Charles de Gaulle (b. 1848
    • Charles Fort, American researcher of the unusual (b. 1874)
  • 7 May - Paul Doumer, President of France (assassinated) (b. 1857)
  • 15 May - Tsuyoshi Inukai, Prime Minister of Japan (assassinated) (b. 1855)
  • 17 May - Frederick C. Billard, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (b. 1873)
  • 22 May - Lady Gregory, Irish writer and folklorist (b. 1852)
  • 21 June - Major Taylor, American cyclist (b. 1878)
  • 22 June - Tommy Treichel, American professional wrestler (b. 1892)

July - December

  • 2 July - Manuel II of Portugal, last king of Portugal (b. 1889)
  • 6 July - Kenneth Grahame, English author (b. 1859)
  • 7 July - Henry Eyster Jacobs, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1844)
  • 22 July - Errico Malatesta, Italian Anarchist (b. 1853)
  • 23 July - Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian aviation pioneer (b. 1873)
  • 23 July - Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner (b. 1884)
  • 16 September - Ronald Ross, English physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1857)
  • 20 September - Wovoka, Paiute visionary
  • 23 September - Jules Chéret, French poster designer (b. 1836)
  • 5 October - Christopher Brennan (b. 1870)
  • 17 October - Lucy Bacon, American painter (b. 1857)
  • 19 December - Yoon Bong-Gil, Korean resister against Japanese occupation of Korea (executed) (b. 1708)
  • Edward Bernstein, German socialist (b. 1850).

Nobel prizes

  • Physics - Werner Karl Heisenberg
  • Chemistry - Irving Langmuir
  • Physiology or Medicine - Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, Edgar Douglas Adrian
  • Literature - John Galsworthy
  • Peace - not awarded

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