|1932 by topic|
|Lists of leaders|
|Birth and death categories|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Ab urbe condita||2685|
|Balinese saka calendar||1853–1854|
|British Regnal year||22 Geo. 5 – 23 Geo. 5|
|Chinese calendar||辛未年 (Metal Goat)|
4628 or 4568
— to —
壬申年 (Water Monkey)
4629 or 4569
|- Vikram Samvat||1988–1989|
|- Shaka Samvat||1853–1854|
|- Kali Yuga||5032–5033|
|Japanese calendar||Shōwa 7|
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 13 days|
|Minguo calendar||ROC 21|
|Thai solar calendar||2474–2475|
2058 or 1677 or 905
— to —
2059 or 1678 or 906
1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1932nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 932nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 32nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1930s decade.
- January 4 – The British authorities in India arrest and intern Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel.
- January 9 – Sakuradamon Incident: Korean nationalist Lee Bong-chang fails in his effort to assassinate Emperor Hirohito of Japan. The Kuomintang's official newspaper runs an editorial expressing regret that the attempt failed, which is used by the Japanese as a pretext to attack Shanghai later in the month.
- January 22 – The 1932 Salvadoran peasant uprising begins; it is suppressed by the government of Maximiliano Hernández Martínez.
- January 24 – Marshal Pietro Badoglio declares the end of Libyan resistance.
- January 26 – British submarine HMS M2 sinks with all 60 hands.
- January 28 – January 28 incident: Conflict between Japan and China in Shanghai.
- January 31 – Japanese warships arrive in Nanking.
- February 2
- A general World Disarmament Conference begins in Geneva. The principal issue at the conference is the demand made by Germany for Gleichberechtigung ("equality of status" i.e. abolishing Part V of the Treaty of Versailles, which had disarmed Germany) and the French demand for sécurité ("security" i.e. maintaining Part V).
- The League of Nations again recommends negotiations between the Republic of China and Japan.
- The Reconstruction Finance Corporation begins operations in Washington, D.C.
- February 4
- February 9 – League of Blood Incident: Junnosuke Inoue, prominent Japanese businessman, banker and former governor of the Bank of Japan is assassinated by the right-wing extremist group the League of Blood.
- February 11 – Pope Pius XI meets Benito Mussolini in Vatican City.
- February 15 – 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 in the United States, having originally been a late evening program.
- February 18 – Japan declares Manchukuo (Japanese name for Manchuria) formally independent from China.
- February 25 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, opening the opportunity for him to run in the 1932 German presidential election.
- February 27 – The Mäntsälä rebellion occurs in Finland.
- March 1
- March 2 – The Mäntsälä rebellion ends in failure; Finnish democracy prevails. The Lapua Movement is condemned by conservative Finnish President Pehr Evind Svinhufvud in a radio speech.
- March 5 – Dan Takuma, prominent Japanese businessman and director of the Mitsui Zaibatsu conglomerate is assassinated by the radical right-wing League of Blood group.
- March 9 – Éamon de Valera is elected President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, the first change of government in the country since its foundation 10 years previously.
- March 14 – George Eastman, founder of Kodak, commits suicide in Rochester, New York.
- March 18 – Peace negotiations between China and Japan begin.
- March 19 – The Sydney Harbour Bridge opens in Australia.
- March 20 – The Graf Zeppelin airship begins a regular route between Germany and South America.
- March 21–22 – 1932 Deep South tornado outbreak: A series of deadly tornadoes in the United States kills more than 220 people in Alabama, 34 in Georgia and 17 in Tennessee.
- April 5
- 10,000 disgruntled Newfoundlanders march on their legislature to show discontent with their current political situation; this is a flash point in the demise of the Dominion of Newfoundland.
- The first Alko stores are opened in Finland at 10 in the morning (local time) following the end of Prohibition in that country, resulting in a new mnemonic "543210".
- April 6
- April 11 – 1932 German presidential election: Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected as Reichspräsident, defeating Hitler.
- April 13 – German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning bans the SA and the SS as threats to public order, arguing that they are chiefly responsible for the wave of political violence afflicting Germany.
- April 14 – John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton focus a proton beam on lithium and split its nucleus.
- April 17 – Haile Selassie announces an anti-slavery law in Abyssinia.
- April 19 – German art dealer Otto Wacker is sentenced to 19 months in prison for selling fraudulent paintings he attributed to Vincent van Gogh.
- April 25
- Gladys Elinor Watkins consecrates the carillon of the National War Memorial in New Zealand.
- The bodies of Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman and Jabir ibn Abd Allah, two of the companions of Islamic prophet Muhammad, are moved from their graves in Salmaan Paak following a dream of King Faisal I of Iraq that they are affected by water.
- April 29 – Korean pro-independence paramilitary Yun Bong-gil detonates a bomb at a gathering of Japanese government and military officials in Shanghai's Hongkou Park, killing General Yoshinori Shirakawa and injuring Mamoru Shigemitsu and Vice Admiral Kichisaburō Nomura.
- May 6
- Paul Gorguloff shoots French president Paul Doumer in Paris; Doumer dies the next day.
- The politically powerful General Kurt von Schleicher meets secretly with Adolf Hitler. Schleicher tells Hitler that he is scheming to bring down the Brüning government in Germany and asks for Nazi support of the new "presidential government" Schleicher is planning to form. Schleicher and Hitler negotiate a "gentlemen's agreement" where in exchange for lifting the ban on the SA and SS and having the Reichstag dissolved for early elections this summer, the Nazis will support Schleicher's new chancellor.
- May 10
- Albert Lebrun becomes the new president of France.
- Violent scenes in the German Reichstag building in Berlin as Hermann Göring and other Nazi MRDs attack the Defense Minister General Wilhelm Groener for his lack of belief in a supposed Social Democratic putsch. After the debate, General Schleicher tells Groener that he has lost the confidence of the Army and must resign at once.
- James Chadwick discovers the neutron.
- May 12 – General Wilhelm Groener resigns as German Defense Minister. Schleicher takes control of the Defense Ministry.
- May 13 – The Premier of New South Wales, Jack Lang, is dismissed by the State Governor, Sir Philip Game.
- May 15 – May 15 Incident, an attempted military coup in which Japanese prime minister Tsuyoshi Inukai is assassinated by naval officers. Japanese troops leave Shanghai.
- May 16 – Massive riots between Hindus and Muslims in Bombay leave thousands dead and injured.
- May 20–21 – Amelia Earhart flies from the United States to County Londonderry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes.
- May 20 – Federación Obrera de la Industria de la Carne initiates a major strike in the Argentinian meat-packing industry.
- May 25 – Goofy makes his appearance in the Disney animated short Mickey's Revue.
- May 26 – Judgement in Donoghue v Stevenson handed down in the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, creating the modern concept of a duty of care in English law.
- May 30 – German chancellor Heinrich Brüning is dismissed by President von Hindenburg. President Hindenburg asks Franz von Papen to form a new government, known as the "Government of the President's Friends", which is openly dedicated to the destruction of democracy and the Weimar Republic. The downfall of Brüning is largely the work of Schleicher, who has been scheming against him since the beginning of May. Schleicher takes the position of Defense Minister in his friend Papen's government.
- c. June – The Republican Citizens Committee Against National Prohibition is established for the repeal of Prohibition in the United States.
- June 4
- June 14 – The Papen government lifts the ban against the SS and SA in Germany.
- June 16– Lausanne conference opens to discuss reparations, which Germany had not paid since the Hoover Moratorium of June 1931.
- June 20 – The Benelux customs union is negotiated.
- June 24 – After a relatively bloodless military rebellion, Siam becomes a constitutional monarchy.
- June 25 – India plays its first Test cricket match with England at Lord's.
- July 5 – António de Oliveira Salazar becomes the fascist prime minister of Portugal (for the next 36 years).
- July 7 – French submarine Prométhée sinks off Cherbourg; 66 are killed.
- July 8 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average in the United States reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22.
- July 9
- July 12
- July 17 – Altona Bloody Sunday: In Altona, Germany, armed communists attack a National Socialist demonstration; 18 are killed and many other political street fights follow.
- July 20 – The Preußenschlag in Germany. The Papen government sends out the Reichswehr under General Gerd von Rundstedt to depose the elected SPD government in Prussia under Otto Braun. The coup gives Papen control of Prussia, the most powerful Land in Germany, and is a major blow to German democracy.
- July 21 – The British Empire Economic Conference opens in Ottawa, Canada.
- July 30
- The 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. It releases in theaters, along with the film version of Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude (starring Norma Shearer and Clark Gable); Flowers and Trees goes on to win the first Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
- July 31 – July 1932 German federal election sees the Nazis become the largest party in the Reichstag, winning 37% of the vote.
- August – A farmers' revolt begins in the Midwestern United States.
- August 1
- August 2 – The first positron is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
- August 5 – Hitler meets with Schleicher and reneges on the "gentlemen's agreement", demanding that he be appointed Chancellor. Schleicher agrees to support Hitler as Chancellor provided that he can remain minister of defense. Schleicher sets up a meeting between Hindenburg and Hitler on for August 13 to discuss Hitler's possible appointment as chancellor.
- August 6
- August 9 – In Germany:
- The Papen government, which likes to take a tough "law and order" stance, passes via Article 48 a law prescribing the death penalty for a variety of offenses and with the court system simplified so that the courts can hand down as many death sentences as possible.
- Potempa Murder of 1932: In the eastern town of Potempa, five Nazi "Brownshirts" break into the house of Konrad Pietrzuch, a Communist miner, and proceed to castrate and beat him to death in front of his mother.
- August 10 – A 5.1 kg chondrite-type meteorite breaks into fragments and strikes earth near the town of Archie, Missouri, United States.
- August 11 – To celebrate Constitution Day in Germany, Chancellor Franz von Papen and his interior minister Baron Wilhelm von Gayl present proposed amendments to the Weimar constitution for a "New State" to deal with the problems besetting Germany.
- August 13 – Hitler meets President von Hindenburg and asks to be appointed as Chancellor. Hindenburg refuses under the grounds that Hitler is not qualified to be Chancellor and asks him instead to serve as Vice-Chancellor in Papen's government. Hitler announces his "all or nothing" strategy in which he will oppose any government not headed by himself and will accept no office other than Chancellor.
- August 18 – Auguste Piccard reaches an altitude of 16,197 m (53,140 ft) with a hot air balloon.
- August 18–19 – Scottish aviator Jim Mollison becomes the first pilot to make an East-to-West solo transatlantic flight, from Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland to RCAF Station Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick, Canada, in his de Havilland Puss Moth high-wing monoplane The Heart's Content.
- August 20 – The Ottawa conference ends with the adoption of Imperial Preference tariff, turning the British Empire into one economic zone with a series of tariffs meant to exclude non-empire states from competing within the markets of Britain; the Dominions; and the rest of the empire.
- August 22 – Potempa murder: The five SA men involved in the torture and murder of Konrad Pietrzuch are quickly convicted and sentenced to death under the new law introduced by the Papen government. The Potempa case becomes a cause célèbre in Germany, where some maintain the death sentences are appropriate given the brutality of the torture and murder, whilst Nazis demonstrate for amnesty for the "Potempa five" on the grounds they are patriotic heroes, justified in killing the Communist Pietrzuch, and should not be executed. Hitler sends a telegram congratulating the five and they are released from jail in 1933 after he becomes Chancellor of Germany.
- August 23 – The Panama Civil Aviation Authority is established.
- August 30 – Hermann Göring is elected as Speaker of the German Reichstag.
- August 31 – A total solar eclipse is visible from northern Canada through northeastern Vermont, New Hampshire, southwestern Maine and the Capes of Massachusetts.
- September 2 – Despite the court's sentence of death against the "Potempa five", Chancellor von Papen in his capacity as Reich Commissioner of Prussia refuses to have the "Potempa five" executed under the grounds that they were not aware of the emergency law at the time they committed the murder, but in reality because he is still hoping for Nazi support for his government.
- September 9
- September 10 – The IND Eighth Avenue Line, at this time the world's longest subway line (31 miles (50 km)), begins operation in Manhattan.
- September 11
- September 12 – The very unpopular Papen government in Germany is defeated on a massive motion of no-confidence in the Reichstag. With the exceptions of the German People's Party and the German National People's Party, every party in the Reichstag votes for the no-confidence motion. Papen has Hindenburg dissolve the Reichstag for new elections in November.
- September 17
- September 20 – Mahatma Gandhi begins a hunger strike in Poona prison, India.
- September 22 – Soviet famine of 1932–33 begins; millions starve to death as a result of forced collectivization and as part of the government's effort to break rural resistance to its policies. The Soviet regime denies the famine and allows the deaths.
- September 23 – The Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd is proclaimed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, concluding the country's unification under the rule of Ibn Saud.
- September 24 – After his party's victory in the election to the Swedish Riksdag's second chamber, Social Democrat Per Albin Hansson becomes the new Prime Minister of Sweden, after Felix Hamrin.
- September 27 – Ryutin Affair at its height in the Soviet Union. The Politburo meets and condemns the so-called "Ryutin Platform" and agrees to expel those associated with it from the Communist Party, but refuses Stalin's request to execute those associated with the Platform.
- October – Hergé's Tintin in America (Tintin en Amérique) concludes serial publication and is issued in book format (in black and white) in Belgium.
- October 1 – Gyula Gömbös becomes Prime Minister of Hungary, the first time a member of the radical right has become the country's head of government.
- October 3 – Iraq becomes an independent kingdom under Faisal.
- October 15 – Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
- October 19 – Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden marries Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
- October 25 – George Lansbury became the leader of the opposition British Labour Party.
- November 1 – The Kennedy–Thorndike experiment is published, showing that measured time as well as length is affected by motion, in accordance with the theory of special relativity.
- November 2 – The Emu War, a nuisance wildlife management military operation, begins in Australia.
- November 3 – Strike by transport workers in Berlin. The Nazis and the Communists both co-operate in support of the strike. The Nazi-Communist co-operation damages the Nazis at the upcoming election with many right-wing voters switching back to the German National People's Party.
- November 6 – November 1932 German federal election: The Nazis remain the largest party in the Reichstag but their share of the seats drops from 37% to 32%.
- November 7 – Buck Rogers in the 25th Century debuts on American radio. It is the first science fiction program on radio.
- November 8 – 1932 United States presidential election: Democratic Governor of New York Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Republican President Herbert Hoover in a landslide victory.
- November 9
- November 21 – German president Hindenburg begins negotiations with Adolf Hitler about the formation of a new government.
- November 27 – The Second Eastern Women's Congress opens in Tehran, Iran.
- November 30 – The Polish Cipher Bureau breaks the German Enigma cipher.
- December 1 – Germany returns to the World Disarmament Conference after the others powers agree to accept gleichberechtigung[clarification needed] "in principle". Henceforward, it is clear that Germany will be allowed to rearm beyond the limits imposed by the Treaty of Versailles.
- December 3 – Hindenburg names Kurt von Schleicher as German chancellor after he ousts Papen. Papen is deeply angry about how his former friend Schleicher has brought him down and decides that he will do anything to get back into power.
- December 4 – Chancellor Schleicher meets with Gregor Strasser and offers to appoint him Vice-Chancellor and Reich Commissioner for Prussia out of the hope that if faced with a split in the NSDAP, Hitler will support his government.
- December 5 – At a secret meeting of the Nazi leaders, Strasser urges Hitler to drop his "all or nothing" strategy and accept Schleicher's offer to have the Nazis serve in his cabinet. Hitler gives a dramatic speech saying that Schleicher's offer is not acceptable and he will stick to his "all or nothing" strategy whatever the consequences might be and wins the Nazi leadership over to his viewpoint.
- December 8 – Gregor Strasser resigns as the chief of the NSDAP's organizational department in protest against Hitler's "all or nothing" strategy.
- December 10 – The Emu War in Australia ends in failure.
- December 12 – Japan and the Soviet Union reform their diplomatic connections.[clarification needed]
- December 19 – BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service using a shortwave radio facility at its Daventry transmitting station in England.
- December 25
- The 7.6 Ms Changma earthquake shakes the Kansu Province in China with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). Two-hundred and seventy-five people are killed.
- IG Farben files a patent application in Germany for the medical application of the first sulfonamide oral antibiotic, which will be marketed as Prontosil, following Gerhard Domagk's laboratory demonstration of its properties as an antibiotic.
- King George V delivers the first Royal Christmas Message on the new BBC Empire Service radio from Sandringham House; the text has been written by Rudyard Kipling.
- December 27 – Internal passports are introduced in the Soviet Union.
- December 28 – The Cologne banker Kurt von Schröder-who is a close friend of Papen and a NSDAP member-meets with Adolf Hitler to tell him that Papen wants to set up a meeting to discuss how they can work together. Papen wants Nazi support to return to the Chancellorship while Hitler wants Papen to convince Hindenburg to appoint him Chancellor. Hitler agrees to meet Papen on January 3, 1933.
- Zero-length springs are invented, revolutionizing seismometers and gravimeters.
- Geneticist J. B. S. Haldane publishes The Causes of Evolution, unifying the findings of Mendelian genetics with those of evolutionary science.
- The heath hen becomes extinct in North America.
- Walter B. Pitkin publishes Life Begins at Forty in the United States.
- SPAR, the global retail brand, is founded in Zegwaart, Netherlands.
- Unemployment in the United States – ca. 33% – 14 million. A similar level of unemployment affects Germany. Many people in depressed countries do not receive unemployment benefit due to governments not being able to afford benefit payments.
|January · February · March · April · May · June · July · August · September · October · November · December|
- January 3 – Dabney Coleman, American actor
- January 5
- January 10
- January 11 – Takkō Ishimori, Japanese voice actor (d. 2013)
- January 13 – Joseph Cardinal Zen, Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong
- January 16 – Dian Fossey, American zoologist (d. 1985)
- January 17 – Sheree North, American actress and singer (d. 2005)
- January 18 – Robert Anton Wilson, American author (d. 2007)
- January 19 – Richard Lester, American film director
- January 22 – Piper Laurie, American actress
- January 25 – Nikolay Anikin, Soviet cross-country skier (d. 2009)
- January 26 – Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer (d. 2004)
- January 27 – Boris Shakhlin, Soviet gymnast (d. 2008)
- January 28 – Ellen Griffin Dunne, American actress and activist (d. 1997)
- January 29 – Tommy Taylor, English footballer (d. 1958)
- January 30
- February 1 – Hassan Al-Turabi, Sudanese spiritual leader (d. 2016)
- February 3
- February 5 – Cesare Maldini, Italian football player and manager (d. 2016)
- February 6
- February 7
- February 8 – John Williams, American composer and conductor
- February 9 – Gerhard Richter, German painter
- February 11 – Margit Carlqvist, Swedish actress
- February 13 – Susan Oliver, American actress (d. 1990)
- February 14 – Alexander Kluge, German author and film director
- February 16
- February 18 – Miloš Forman, Czech-American film director (d. 2018)
- February 19 – Alberto Dines, Brazilian journalist and writer (d. 2018)
- February 20 – Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
- February 22
- February 23 – Irene Jai Narayan, Fiji politician (d. 2011)
- February 24
- February 25
- February 26 – Johnny Cash, American country singer (d. 2003)
- February 27 – Dame Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (d. 2011)
- February 28 – Don Francks, Canadian actor, musician and singer (d. 2016)
- March 4
- March 6
- March 7
- March 11 – Leroy Jenkins, African-American jazz musician and composer (d. 2007)
- March 12 – Bob Houbregs, Canadian basketball player (d. 2014)
- March 15 – Alan Bean, American naval officer and naval aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut (d. 2018)
- March 18 – John Updike, American author (d. 2009)
- March 21
- March 22 – Els Borst, Dutch politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1998–2002) (d. 2014)
- March 27 – Junior Parker, African-American blues musician (d. 1971)
- March 28 – Sven Lindqvist, Swedish author (d. 2019)
- March 30 – Ted Morgan, French-born biographer and journalist
- March 31 – Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director (d. 2013)
- April 1 – Debbie Reynolds, American actress, singer and dancer (d. 2016)
- April 4
- April 8
- April 9
- April 10
- April 11 – Joel Grey, American actor, singer and dancer
- April 12
- April 13
- April 14
- April 16
- April 21 – Elaine May, American comedian, film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actress
- April 24 – Vladimir Yengibaryan, Armenian amateur light-welterweight boxer (d. 2013)
- April 25 – Nikolai Kardashev, Soviet and Russian astrophysicist (d. 2019)
- April 26
- April 27
- April 29 – Wilson Ndolo Ayah, Kenyan politician (d. 2016)
- May 6
- May 7 – Fufi Santori, Puerto Rican basketball player and writer (d. 2018)
- May 8
- May 9 – Geraldine McEwan, English actress (d. 2015)
- May 11
- May 18 – Dean Tavoularis, Greek-American motion picture production designer
- May 19 – Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
- May 21 – Leonidas Vasilikopoulos, Greek admiral and intelligence chief (d. 2014)
- May 24 – Arnold Wesker, British playwright (d. 2016)
- May 25 – K. C. Jones, American basketball player and coach (d. 2020)
- May 27 – José Varacka, Argentine footballer and coach (d. 2018)
- May 29 – Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist
- May 30
- June 4 – Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (d. 2004)
- June 5 – Christy Brown, Irish writer and painter (d. 1981)
- June 6 – David Scott, American astronaut
- June 9 – Dave McKigney, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1988)
- June 10 – Branko Lustig, Croatian film producer (d. 2019)
- June 11 – Athol Fugard, South African author and dramatist
- June 12
- June 13 – Rainer K. Sachs, German-American physicist and biologist
- June 17 – Vesna Krmpotić, Croatian writer and translator (d. 2018)
- June 18 – Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist and Nobel laureate
- June 20 - Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet Poet (d. 1994)
- June 21
- June 22
- June 24
- June 25 – Peter Blake, English artist
- June 26
- June 27 – Anna Moffo, American operatic soprano (d. 2006)
- June 28 – Pat Morita, Asian-American actor (d. 2005)
- June 30 – Ingrid Allen, British neuroscientist (d. 2020)
- July 1
- July 2 – Waldemar Matuška, Czech singer (d. 2009)
- July 4 – Otis Young, African-American actor (d. 2001)
- July 5
- July 6 – Herman Hertzberger, Dutch architect and professor
- July 7
- July 9 – Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense (d. 2021)
- July 10
- July 11 – Hans van Manen, Dutch ballet dancer, choreographer and photographer
- July 12
- July 13
- July 14 – Helga Liné, German-born Portuguese-Spanish film actress and circus acrobat
- July 17
- July 20
- July 22
- July 23
- July 25 – Paul J. Weitz, American astronaut (d. 2017)
- July 28 – Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, Brazilian colonel (d. 2015)
- July 29 – Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, U.S. Senator
- July 30 – Edd Byrnes, American actor (Grease) (d. 2020)
- July 31 – John Searle, American philosopher
- August 1
- August 2
- August 4 – Frances Allen, American computer scientist (d. 2020)
- August 5
- August 6 – Howard Hodgkin, British painter and print-maker (d. 2017)
- August 7 – Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian long-distance runner (d. 1973)
- August 8 – Mel Tillis, American country singer (d. 2017)
- August 9 – Anand Panyarachun, 18th Prime Minister of Thailand
- August 11 – Fernando Arrabal, Spanish writer
- August 12 – Sirikit, Queen mother of Thailand (from 1950 to present)
- August 17
- August 18 – Luc Montagnier, French virologist and Nobel Prize winner (d. 2022)
- August 19 – Banharn Silpa-archa, 32nd Prime Minister of Thailand (d. 2016)
- August 20 – Vasily Aksyonov, Russian writer (d. 2009)
- August 21 – Melvin Van Peebles, African-American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer (d. 2021)
- August 23 – Houari Boumediene, 2nd President of Algeria (d. 1978)
- August 24 – W. Morgan Sheppard, English actor (d. 2019)
- August 25 – Luis Félix López, Ecuadorian doctor, writer and politician (d. 2008)
- August 27
- August 28 – Raul Cortez, Brazilian actor (d. 2006)
- August 29 – Shen Chun-shan, Taiwanese academic (d. 2018)
- September 1
- September 3
- September 5 – Carol Lawrence, American actress, singer and dancer
- September 8
- September 9 – Carm Lino Spiteri, Maltese architect and politician (d. 2008)
- September 11
- September 12 – Atli Dam, 3-Time Prime Minister of Faroe Islands (d. 2005)
- September 13
- September 17 – Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatari Emir (d. 2016)
- September 18 – Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Russian cosmonaut (d. 2002)
- September 22
- September 25
- September 26
- September 27
- September 28 – Víctor Jara, Chilean singer-songwriter (d. 1973)
- September 29
- October 8 – Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player
- October 10 – Frances Fox Piven, American sociologist
- October 11 – Dottie West, American singer and songwriter (d. 1991)
- October 12
- October 13 – Liliane Montevecchi, French-Italian actress, dancer and singer (d. 2018)
- October 14 – Wolf Vostell, German artist (d. 1998)
- October 18 – Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuanian politician
- October 19 – Robert Reed, American actor (The Brady Bunch) (d. 1992)
- October 20 – Rokurō Naya, Japanese voice actor (d. 2014)
- October 24
- October 26 – Manfred Max-Neef, Chilean economist (d. 2019)
- October 27
- October 28
- October 31 – Iemasa Kayumi, Japanese voice actor, actor and narrator (d. 2014)
- November 1 – A. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury, 13th President of Bangladesh
- November 2 – Henri Namphy, 35th President of Haiti (d. 2018)
- November 3 – Albert Reynolds, 8th Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 2014)
- November 4 – Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (d. 2004)
- November 8
- November 9 – Orfeo Reda, Italian painter
- November 10
- November 11 – Germano Mosconi, Italian journalist (d. 2012)
- November 13 – Richard Mulligan, American actor (d. 2000)
- November 15
- November 21 – Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Danish composer (d. 2016)
- November 22 – Robert Vaughn, American actor (d. 2016)
- November 24 – Claudio Naranjo, Chilean psychiatrist (d. 2019)
- November 27 – Benigno Aquino Jr., Filipino politician and senator (d. 1983)
- November 28
- November 29
- December 1
- December 2 – Sergio Bonelli, Italian comic book author and publisher (d. 2011)
- December 3 – Corry Brokken, Dutch singer, Eurovision Song Contest 1957 winner (d. 2016)
- December 4
- December 5
- December 7
- December 9 – Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (d. 2013)
- December 10 – Howard McCurdy, Canadian politician (d. 2018)
- December 11 – Enrique Bermúdez, Nicaraguan Contra leader (d. 1991)
- December 12 – Bob Pettit, American basketball player
- December 13 – Tatsuya Nakadai, Japanese actor
- December 15 – Jesse Belvin, American rhythm and blues singer, pianist, and songwriter (d. 1960)
- December 16 – Rodion Shchedrin, Russian composer and pianist
- December 28
- December 29 – Inga Swenson, American actress and singer
January – February
- January 2 – Paul Pau, French general (b. 1848)
- January 7 – André Maginot, French soldier and politician (b. 1877)
- January 8
- January 12 – James Felts, American newspaper editor and politician (b. 1866)
- January 13 – Ernest Mangnall, English football manager (b. 1866)
- January 18 – Dmitry Shcherbachev, Russian general (b. 1857)
- January 21 – Lytton Strachey, British writer and biographer (b. 1880)
- January 24 – Sir Alfred Yarrow, British shipbuilder and philanthropist (b. 1842)
- January 26
- February 1 – Farabundo Martí, Salvadorean revolutionary (murdered) (b. 1893)
- February 2 – Louise Reed Stowell, American scientist, author (b. 1850)
- February 8
- February 10 – Edgar Wallace, British novelist and screenwriter (b. 1875)
- February 15 – Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (b. 1865)
- February 16
- February 17 – Albert Johnson, Canadian criminal
- February 18 – Frederick Augustus III, last King of Saxony (b. 1865)
- February 23 – László Lukács, 17th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1850)
- February 29 – Ramon Casas i Carbó, Spanish painter (b. 1866)
March – April
- March 1
- March 2 – Angela of the Cross, Spanish Roman Catholic nun and saint (b. 1846)
- March 6 – John Philip Sousa, American band leader, conductor, and composer (The Stars and Stripes Forever) (b. 1854)
- March 7
- March 8 – Minna Craucher, Finnish socialite and spy (b. 1891)
- March 11 – Dora Carrington, British painter (b. 1893)
- March 10 – Paolo Boselli, 22nd Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1838)
- March 14 – Frederick Jackson Turner, American historian (b. 1861)
- March 17 – Iliaz Vrioni, Albanian statesman, former Prime Minister (b. 1882)
- March 14 – George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak) (b. 1854)
- March 18 – Chauncey Olcott, American stage actor and singer-songwriter (b. 1858)
- March 24 – George Harris, 4th Baron Harris, English cricketer and colonial administrator (b. 1851)
- March 31 – Eben Byers, American steel tycoon and socialite (radiation poisoning) (b. 1880)
- April 2
- April 4 – Wilhelm Ostwald, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1853)
- April 5 – Phar Lap, Australian racehorse (b. 1926)
- April 20 – Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician (b. 1858)
- April 22 – Ferenc Oslay, Hungarian-Slovene historian, writer and irredenta (b. 1883)
- April 26 – Bill Lockwood, English cricketer (b. 1868)
- April 27 – Hart Crane, American poet (b. 1899)
- April 29 – José Félix Uriburu, 22nd President of Argentina (b. 1868)
May – June
- May 3
- May 7 – Paul Doumer, President of France (assassinated) (b. 1857)
- May 8 – Petar Gudev, 16th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (b. 1863)
- May 15 – Tsuyoshi Inukai, 18th Prime Minister of Japan (assassinated) (b. 1855)
- May 17 – Frederick C. Billard, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (b. 1873)
- May 22 – Lady Gregory, Irish writer and folklorist (b. 1852)
- May 25 – Franz von Hipper, German admiral (b. 1863)
- May 26 – Yoshinori Shirakawa, Japanese general (assassinated) (b. 1869)
- May 30 – John Hubbard, American admiral (b. 1849)
- June 3 – Dorabji Tata, Indian businessman (b. 1859)
- June 6 – Ernest Broșteanu, Romanian general (b. 1869)
- June 9 – Edith Cowan, Australian social reformer and politician (b. 1861)
- June 12 – Theo Heemskerk, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1852)
- June 13 – Sir Alexander Bethell, British admiral (b. 1855)
- June 14 – Arthur Lawley, 6th Baron Wenlock, British colonial administrator (b. 1860)
- June 16 – Felipe Segundo Guzmán , 30th President of Bolivia (b. 1879)
- June 19 – Sol Plaatje, South African journalist, politician and writer. (b. 1876)
- June 21 – Major Taylor, American cyclist (b. 1878)
- June 24 – Ernst Põdder, Estonian military commander (b. 1879)
- June 27 – Francis P. Duffy, Canadian American Roman Catholic priest (b. 1871)
- June 29 – William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley, 4th Governor-General of Australia (b. 1867)
July – August
- July 2 – King Manuel II of Portugal (b. 1889)
- July 6 – Kenneth Grahame, British-born author (The Wind In The Willows) (b. 1859)
- July 7 – Henry Eyster Jacobs, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1844)
- July 9 – King C. Gillette, American businessman, safety razor inventor (b. 1855)
- July 10 – Martha Hughes Cannon, American politician (b. 1857)
- July 15 – Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven, South African playwright, poet and politician. (b. 1873)
- July 16 – Herbert Plumer, 1st Viscount Plumer, British general (b. 1857)
- July 17 – Rosa Louise Woodberry, American journalist, educator (b. 1869)
- July 22
- July 23
- July 24 - Hidaka Sōnojō, Japanese admiral (b. 1848)
- July 27 – Archduchess Gisela of Austria (b. 1856)
- August 1 – Sulejman Delvina, Albanian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Albania (b. 1884)
- August 2
- August 15 – Traian Moșoiu, Romanian general and politician (b. 1868)
- August 18 – Hans Zenker, German admiral (b. 1870)
- August 19 – Johannes Schober, three-time Chancellor of Austria (b. 1874)
- August 24 – Kate M. Gordon, American suffragette (b. 1861)
September – October
- September 5 – Paul Bern, American screenwriter (b. 1889)
- September 6
- September 8 – Christian von Ehrenfels, Austrian philosopher (b. 1859)
- September 13 – Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch classical composer (b. 1855)
- September 16
- September 18 – C. C. van Asch van Wijck, Dutch artist, sculptor (b. 1900)
- September 20 – Wovoka, Paiute visionary (Ghost Dance) (b. c. 1856)
- September 22 – Claude C. Hopkins, American advertising executive (b. 1866)
- September 23 – Jules Chéret, French poster designer (b. 1836)
- September 25 – Joel R. P. Pringle, American admiral (b. 1873)
- September 29 – Jesse Pomeroy, youngest convicted murderer in Massachusetts (b. 1859)
- September 30
- October 3 – Emanuel Hoffmann, Swiss jurist and art collector.
- October 5 – Christopher Brennan, Australian poet and scholar (b. 1870)
- October 17 – Lucy Bacon, American painter (b. 1857)
- October 22 – Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, American orator and lecturer (b. 1842)
- October 26 – Molly Brown, Denver socialite, noted survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic (b. 1867)
- October 30 – Paul Methuen, 3rd Baron Methuen, British field marshal (b. 1845)
November – December
- November 4 – Belle Bennett, American actress (b. 1891)
- November 12 – Alessandro Tonini, Italian aeronautical engineer and aircraft designer and manufacturer (b. 1885)
- November 14 – Herman Bendell, Civil War surgeon and Superintendent of Indian Affairs Arizona Territory (b. 1843)
- November 15 – Charles W. Chesnutt, African-American author, essayist and political activist (b. 1858)
- November 17 – Leónidas Plaza, 16th President of Ecuador (b. 1865)
- November 22 – William Walker Atkinson, American writer (b. 1862)
- December 2 – Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer (b. 1871)
- December 4 – Gustav Meyrink, Austrian writer (b. 1868)
- December 8 – Gertrude Jekyll, English garden designer, writer and artist (b. 1843)
- December 9
- December 18 – Eduard Bernstein, German socialist (b. 1850)
- December 19 – Yun Bong-gil, Korean resister against Japanese occupation of Korea (executed) (b. 1908)
- December 26 - Max Rogers, American vaudevillian (b. 1873)
- December 28 – Malcolm Whitman, American tennis player (b. 1877)
- 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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