This Day In History
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On This Day

1932

Events

March 19, 1932

The Sydney Harbour Bridge...
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, bridge, Sydney

December 25, 1932

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake...
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Gansu. The 1932 Changma earthquake occurred at 10:04:27 local time (02:04:07 UTC) on 25 December. With an estimated magnitude of 7.6 on the surface wave magnitude scale, and a maximum felt intensity of X (Intense) on the Mercalli intensity scale, the quake destroyed 1,167 houses, and 275 people were killed with a further 320 injured.
earthquake, Gansu, China

December 27, 1932

Radio City Music Hall...
Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City. Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York City's Rockefeller Center. Its nickname is the «Showplace of the Nation», and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city. Its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978.
Radio City Music Hall, New York City

Births

January 5, 1932
Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco is an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist, best known for his novel “The Name of the Rose” (“Il nome della rosa”, 1980), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory.
February 26, 1932
Johnny Cash

John R. "Johnny" Cash, A.K.A. "The Man In Black", was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
February 27, 1932
Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor was a British-American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. As one of the world's most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty and distinctive violet eyes.
June 28, 1932
Pat Morita

Noriyuki "Pat" Morita was an American actor of Japanese descent who was well-known for playing the roles of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days and Mr. Miyagi in the «The Karate Kid» movie series, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1984.
November 29, 1932
Jacques Chirac

Jacques René Chirac is a French politician who served as President of France from 1995 to 2007. He previously served as Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988 (making him the only person to hold the position of Prime Minister twice under the Fifth Republic), and as Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.

Deaths

January 26, 1932
William Wrigley Jr

William Wrigley Jr. was a U.S. chewing gum industrialist. He was founder and eponym of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 1891. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
March 14, 1932
George Eastman

George Eastman was an American innovator and entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company and invented roll film, helping to bring photography to the mainstream. Roll film was also the basis for the invention of motion picture film in 1888 by the world's first filmmakers Eadward Muybridge and Louis Le Prince, and a few years later by their followers Léon Bouly, Thomas Edison, the Lumière Brothers and Georges Méliès.
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