OREGON FOREST FIRE RAGES OUT OF CONTROL - 1932 An enormous forest fire sweeps through the Northwestern corner of Oregon and spills over into Southwestern Washington. Hundreds fight to save their homes, logging camps and farms but are defeated by 50 m.p.h. winds that drive the flames.
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.
PANAMA CANAL FLOODGATES TESTED - 1932 Water roars through the flood gates in the first full test of the Panama Canal. The retaining walls reinforced by concrete bastions resists the force of the water as nine spillways are opened simultaneously.
OPENING CEREMONIES - 1932 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES The opening ceremonies for the 10th Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California include 39 nations who take part in the March of Nations, a speech from Vice President Charles Curtis, peace doves released into the sky and more.
TRACK & FIELD EVENTS - 1932 SUMMER OLYMPICS The best of track and field are cheered on by 85,000 spectators at the 1932 Summer Olympic Games where new records continue to be set. George Saling in the 110 meter hurdles and Italy's Luigi Beccali in the 1500-meter race are among the many champions who win honors.
1932 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES The Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, N.Y. following an introductory ceremony led by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first event sees America's Jack Shea win the gold in the 500 meter speed race leading Norway's Bernt Evensen by five yards.
TRACK & SWIM EVENTS - 1932 SUMMER OLYMPICS Winners of the 1932 Summer Olympics Games include the U.S. in men and women's 400 meter relay and Jean Shiley's high jump. Japan's Yasuji Miyazaki and Tatsugo Kawaishi win the 100 meter swim while U.S. Mickey Riley Galitzen takes first in diving and Helene Madison the women's 100 meter. The biggest surprise is Argentina's Juan Zabala who wins the marathon race in record time.
OLYMPIC SWIM TRYOUT RECORDS - 1932 During tryouts for the U.S. Olympics Helene Madison of Seattle sets a new record in the try-outs for the 400-meter free style race and Eleanor Holm of New York takes the 100 meter backstroke race record.
OLD BICYCLES REUNION - 1932 The original bicycle built for two, the big wheel bike and other old-fashioned models turn out for the 51st annual reunion of the Harlem Wheelman’s Association in New York Central Park. One gentleman shows off the various medals he has won over the years.
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