1932 Hit Parade

The Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building was completed.

The Museum of Modern Art’s International Exhibition of Modern Architects opened.

Construction on Rockefeller Center began.

Congress obtained $13 million for automobile access to national parks.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wore a Sally Milgron original to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugural ball.

Popular films included: 
    The Big Broadcast directed by Frank Tuttle
    Blonde Venus directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich
    Grand Hotel starring Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John and Lionel Barrymoore, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery, and Jean Hersholt.

Fiction included:  Sherwood Anderson’s Beyond Desire, Fielding Burke’s Call Home the Heart, John Dos Passos’s 1919, James T. Farrell’s Young Lonigan: A Boyhood in Chicago Streets, William Faulkner’s Light in August, Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Case of the Velvet Claws, Grace Lumpkin’s To Make My Bread, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods.

Popular songs included:  “How Deep is the Ocean?” by Irving Berlin, “I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You” by George Bassman and Ned Washington, “(I Don’t Stand) a Ghost of a Chance (With You)” by Victor Young, lyrics by Bing Crosby and Ned Washington, “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills, “I Wanna Be Loved” by John Green, lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Heyman, “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway with lyrics by Irving Mills and Clarence Gaskill, “Say It Ain’t So” by Irving Berlin, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, and “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” by Gene Autry and Jimmy Long.

Spring:  Lord and Taylor began window displays specifically to show the talent of American designers.

Joseph Cornell’s sculptures containing found objects were displayed in New York City.

Edwin Herbert Land invented Polaroid film.

March 7:  The Trade Union Unity League and the Detroit Unemployed Council organized a hunger march from Detroit to River Rouge Ford Motor Company Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.  Four men were killed by police fire in the crowd.

March 12:  Six thousand marched in Detroit to the tune of “The Internationale.”

March 31:  Ford introduced the V-8 convertible.

November 8:  Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to his first term as President of the United States with 22,800,000 popular voted to 15,750,000 for Hoover.

December 27:  Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.