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- January 1 – The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.
- January 3 – The British arrest and intern Mohandas Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel.
- January 7 – The Stimson Doctrine is proclaimed, in response to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria.
- January 8 – In Britain the Archbishop of Canterbury forbids church remarriage of divorced persons.
- January 12 – Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
- January 14 – Maurice Ravel's Concerto in G debuts with piano soloist Marguerite Long and Ravel conducting the Lamoureux Orchestra.
- January 15 – About 6 million are unemployed in Germany.
- January 26 – The British submarine HMS M2 sinks with all 60 hands.
- January 28 – Japan occupies Shanghai.
- January 29 – The minority government of Karl Buresch in Austria ends the governmental crisis.
- January 30 – Brave New World, a novel by Aldous Huxley, is first published.
- January 31 – Japanese warships arrive in Nanking.
- February 2
- February 4
- 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, having originally been a late evening program.
- February 18 – Japan declares Manzhouguo (Japanese name for Manchuria) formally independent from China.
- February 22 – The first Purple Heart was awarded.
- February 25 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, opening the opportunity for him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
- February 27 – The Mäntsälä Rebellion occurs in Finland.
- March 1 – Charles Lindbergh, Jr., the infant son of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey.
- March 7 – Four people are killed when police fire upon 3,000 unemployed autoworkers marching outside the Ford River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
- March 9 – 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.
- March 18 – Peace negotiations between China and Japan begin.
- March 19 – The Sydney Harbour Bridge opens.
- March 20 – The Graf Zeppelin begins a regular route to South America.
- March 25 – Tarzan the Ape Man opens, with Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the title role (Weismuller will star in a total of 12 Tarzan films).
- April – 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.
- April 5 – Prohibition is lifted in Finland at 10 in the morning (local time), resulting in a new mnemonic "543210".
- April 6
- April 10 – Paul von Hindenburg is elected president of 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 – Two of the companions of Islam's Last Prophet Muhammad are 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 are Hazrat Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman and Hazrat Jabir ibn Abd-Allah.
- May 6 – Paul Gorguloff shoots French president Paul Doumer in Paris; Doumer dies the next day.
- May 10 – Albert Lebrun becomes the new president of France.
- May 12 – Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead just a few miles from the Lindberghs' home.
- May 13 – The Premier of New South Wales, Jack Lang, is dismissed by the State Governor, Sir Phillip Game.
- May 15 – Japanese troops leave Shanghai; the May 15 Incident, the assassination of Japanese prime minister Tsuyoshi Inukai, occurs.
- May 16 – Massive riots between Hindus and Muslims in Bombay leave thousands dead and injured.
- May 20-21 – Amelia Earhart flies from the USA to Derry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes.
- May 29 – 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.
- May 30 – German chancellor Heinrich Brüning resigns. President Hindenburg asks Franz von Papen to form a new government.
- June 4 – A military coup occurs in Chile.
- June 6 – 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.
- June 14 – Bans against the SS and SA are overturned in Germany.
- June 20 – The Benelux customs union is negotiated.
- June 24 – After a relatively bloodless military rebellion, Siam becomes a constitutional monarchy.
- June 29 – The comedy serial Vic and Sade debuts on NBC Radio.
- July 5 – Antonio de Oliveira Salazar becomes the fascist prime minister of Portugal (for the next 36 years).
- July 7 – The French submarine Prométhée sinks off Cherbourg; 66 are killed.
- July 8 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22.
- July 12
- July 17 – Bloody Sunday: In Altona, Germany, armed communists attack a National Socialist demonstration; 18 are killed. Many other political street fights follow.
- July 28 – 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 disperse the last of the Bonus Army the next day.
- July 30 – The 1932 Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles.
- August 1 – The second International Polar Year, an international scientific collaboration, begins.
- August 2 – The first positron is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
- August 6 – The first Venice Film Festival is held.
- August 10 – A 5.1 kg chondrite-type meteorite breaks into at least 7 fragments and strikes earth near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.
- August 18 – Auguste Piccard reaches an altitude of 16,197 meters with an air balloon.
- August 30 – Hermann Göring is elected as chairman of the German Senate.
- August 31 – A total solar eclipse is visible from northern Canada through NE Vermont, New Hampshire, SW Maine, and the Capes of Massachusetts.
- September 9 – The Generalitat reinstated, Catalonia regains political autonomy inside the 2nd Spanish Republic from September 25 on.
- September 11 – Canadian operations end on the Great Gorge and International Railway.
- September 20 – Mohandas Gandhi begins a hunger strike in Poona prison.
- September 23 – The Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd is renamed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- September 28 – According to Prussian statistics, 115 people have been killed in political riots during the year.
- October 15
- October 19 – Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden marries Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
- November 1 – The San Francisco Opera House opens.
- November 8 – U.S. presidential election, 1932: Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Republican President Herbert Hoover in a landslide victory.
- November 9
- November 16 – 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.
- November 19 – The second wife of Joseph Stalin is found dead in her home.
- November 21 – German president Hindenburg begins negotiations with Adolf Hitler about the formation of a new government.
- November 24 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
- November 30 – The Cipher Bureau breaks the German Enigma cipher.
- December 3 – Hindenburg names Kurt von Schleicher as German chancellor.
- December 12 – Japan and the Soviet Union reform their diplomatic connections.
- December 19 – BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service.
- December 25 – An earthquake in the Kansu Province in China kills 70,000.
- December 27 – Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.
- August 1 - Meir Kahane, militant American-Israeli rabbi (d. 1990)
- February 22 - Edward Kennedy, American politician (d. 2009)