NEW YORK CUNARD LINE PIER FIRE - 1932 A rubbish fire under the Cunard Line Pier (later renamed Pier 54) becomes one of the most notorious blazes of 1932. More than 400 fire fighters are injured during their four-day fight to put out the flames. The only death is Lieutenant Colonel Ralph A Kluge, the original designer of the pier.
EMPLOYMENT UP FOR SOME - 1932 - 1 A revival for some businesses across the U.S. puts thousands back to work as factories open their doors. A Pennsylvania wool mill, Milwaukee shoe factory and a Sacramento fruit-packing plant all get busy while New Yorkers now have a little more money to spend on dinner and dancing.
"THERMOS" CAR TRANSPORTS MOLTEN METAL - 1932 Molten ore is heated to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit then poured into a new type of Ohio-based freight car that keeps the metal in its liquid state as its shipped to a mill 12 miles away. The new car is designed on the same principle as a thermos and is hailed as a significant advance in the iron industry.
PASSOVER SHOPPING NY COMMUNITIES - 1932 The Jewish community on the lower east side of New York City is alive with activity as busy purchasers look for bargains as they shop for Passover. Charitable agencies supply the poor with Matzos.
GREAT DEPRESSION BRINGS HUNGER & DESPAIR - 1932 Haunting scenes of poverty and hunger in the cities as the Great Depression brings unemployment to an all time high. People stand in long lines for aid and possible employment while others dig through garbage for scraps and live in extreme poverty.
EMPLOYMENT UP FOR SOME - 1932 A much welcomed upturn in some factories across the nation puts thousands back on the payroll. A Cincinnati electrotype plant, an Oregon furniture factory, a Massachusetts appliances manufacturer and an Illinois clock factory all open for business heralding a brighter future for the nation.
GAS EXPLOSION AFTERMATH - 1932 Buildings lie in rubble following a possible broken gas line in Detroit, Michigan that rocked a three-block area following an explosion. Crowds gather as rescue squads and police searchers gather at the scene while a couple who survived tells their story.
BOTTLE UNCAPPING CONTEST - 1932 Home brewers in Portland, Oregon hold an unusual competition to find who can uncap a group of the bottles the fastest then make it back to the finish line first. The winner sets a new record of nine seconds
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