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1932 January 4 Japan establishes the puppet state of Manchukuo.
1932 January 29 Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
1932 February 2 The Reconstruction Finance Corporation is established. In Geneva, sixty nations gather for the World Disarmament Conference.
1932 February Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels writes a letter to a member of the (ONT) Order of the New Templars stating "Hitler is one of our pupils...you will one day experience that he, and through him we, will one day be victorious and develop a movement that makes the world tremble." (Ellic Howe; Roots)
1932 March 3 Chinese forces are driven from Shanghai by Japanese attacks.
1932 March The Romano-Soviet negotiations are held in Riga. The French have asked their allies Romania and Poland to come to a nonaggression agreement with their Russian neighbors.
1932 March 13 Hindenburg fails to win a majority in the Presidentiall elections. Hitler receives 11,339,446 votes (30.1%).
1932 March 16 Prime Minister Ramsey MacDonald, head of Britain's national coalition government, proposes a reduction in the national armies of Europe. Japan withdraws its troops from Shanghai after mediation by the League of Nations.
1932 March Theodor Eicke is arrested and accused of terrorism. Several dozen homemade bombs are found in his possession. After posting bail, Eicke flees to Italy, where he takes command of a group of SS exiles.
1932 April Romano-Soviet negotiations are broken off in Riga when the Russians attempt to introduce a clause alluding to Russia's pretensions upon a part of Romanian territory.
1932 April 10 Hindenburg is re-elected President in a runoff election with Hitler. Hindenburg receives a clear majority, but Hitler receives 13,418,547 votes (36.8%).
1932 April 13 The SA and SS are banned after plans for a coup are discovered.
1932 May 6 Paul Doumer, President of the French Republic, is assassinated by Dr. Paul Gourgoulov, a Russian emigre.
1932 May 30 President Hindenburg ousts Heinrich Bruning and appoints Franz von Papen as Chancellor. Papen, only hours before, had promised Monsignor Kaas that he would not undertake the formation of a new government. The Center Party quickly censures Papen.
1932 May 31 Franz von Papen becomes Chancellor and declares his exit from the Catholic Center Party. (The Center Party is angry as Bruning's dismissal and soon begins negotiations with the National Socialists aimed at the formation of a coalition government.) (Lewy)
1932 June-July Nearly 500 pitched battles take place between Nazis and Communists in Prussia alone. At least least 82 people were killed and 400 wounded. (The SS, Time-Life)
1932 June 3 President Hindenburg dissolves the Reichstag.
1932 June The German government lifts the ban on the SA and SS.
1932 June 16 The Lausanne Conference opens for the revision of the Young Plan for German reparation payments. It is the first international economic conference since the crash of 1929, and due to worldwide economic conditions, its representatives agree to cancel all German reparations until better economic conditions return.
1932 July The Reverend Wilhelm Senn, one of the first Catholic priests to join the National Socialist Party, is suspended by the Catholic Church. Senn has broken a promise to submit all future writings to the censorship of the Church. (An article written by Senn earlier in the year had declared Hitler and his movement to be "instruments of divine providence.") (Lewy)
1932 July 2 A committee of the Prussian State Health Council advises and recommends that a law on sterilization be brought in under the title: "Eugenics in the service of public welfare." The law was to permit the "voluntary" sterilization of the same groups of persons (with the exception of alcoholics) as were later specified in the law of 14 July 1933. (Science)
1932 July 31 The National Socialists win 230 seats in Reichstag elections. The Socialists win 133, the Catholic Center 97, and the Communists, 89. The total vote for the National Socialists is 13,745,000 (37%).
1932 August 13 Hindenburg rejects Hitler's demand to be appointed Chancellor.
1932 August 13 Formal talks begin between Hitler, Bruning and the Catholic Center Party. The meetings drag on for weeks.
1932 August 21 The Third International Congress on Eugenics is held at the Museum of Natural History in New York. The Congress proceedings are dedicated to Averell Harriman's mother, who had paid for the founding of the race-science movement in America (see 1910).
1932 August 23 Dr. C. B. Davenport, speaking at the International Congress of Eugenics in New York, suggests Professor Fischer as his successor as president of the International Federation of Eugenic Organizations. Professor Fischer declines, due to other commitments, and Dr Rüdin (in Munich) is elected. (Science)
1932 August 30 Hermann Goering, with backing from the Catholic Center Party, becomes President of the Reichstag.
1932 Presidential nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt pledges a New Deal.
1932 September The Catholic Center Party deputies in the Reichstag vote for a Communist sponsored no-confidence motion against Papen's government.
1932 September 12 President Hindenburg again dissolves the Reichstag.
1932 September 19 Russia joins the League of Nations.
1932 October 4 The Lytton report, on behalf of the League of Nations, condemns Japan's aggression in Manchuria but tempers its criticism by proposing that Japan be granted certain preferred rights in an autonomous Manchuria. Japan serves notice of its withdrawal from the League of Nations.
1932 October Sir Oswald Mosley founds the British Union of Fascists.
1932 November 6 New elections in Germany fail to break a parliamentary deadlock. The National Socialists lose 34 seats.
1932 November 8 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected President of the U.S. with 27, 831,857 votes to Herbert Hoover's 15,761,841.
1932 November 9 Leon Nicole, leader of the Bolsheviks in Switzerland, and his assistant, a Russian Jew named Dicker, instigate an uprising that results in the deaths of 13 people. More than a hundred are injured.
1932 November 11 Johann Warthari Wölfl, a longtime follower of Lanz von Liebenfels, founds the Lumenclub in Vienna to reintroduce ONT (Order of the New Templars) ideas to a new right-wing public. (Roots)
1932 November 17 Franz von Papen and his Cabinet are forced to resign.
1932 November Thirty-nine prominent German industrialists and businessmen petition Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as his new Chancellor. Hindenburg refuses.
1932 December 3 General von Schleicher is appointed Chancellor of Germany.
1932 December 8 Gregor Strasser resigns from his Nazi party offices.
1932 December 14 The Reverend Wilhelm Senn is reinstated by the Catholic Church in Germany.
1932 December 19 Japan denounces the naval agreements signed at the disarmament conferences of 1922 and 1930.
1932 A famine in Russia brings mounting opposition to Stalin within his own party. Brutally suppressing the peasant resistance, Stalin refuses to slacken the pace of his collectivization.
1932 Eamon de Valera is elected President of the Republic of Ireland.
1932 Engelbert Dollfuss is elected chancellor of Austria.
1932 Karl Maria Wiligut, the Austrian occultist, flees his family and emigrates to Munich. He is 66 years old. (Roots)