1932 was a leap year.
January 28 - Japan occupies Shanghai.
February 16 - Ireland's general election is won by the Fiana Feil party, a separate wing of Shin Fein, and its leader, Eamon de Valera, becomes chairman of the Executive Committee of the Free State of Ireland.
March 3 - Japan declares independence from Manchuria, led by ousted Chinese Emperor Pu Yi (Emperors of Manchukuo).
March 4 - Asteroid 1241 Dyson is discovered, named after English astronomer Frank Dyson.
July 5 - Antonio de Oliveira Salazar becomes Prime Minister of Portugal.
6-7. September - Velebit Uprising
September 23 - Nejad, Hedjas and several other areas annexed by the Saudi dynasty in the Arabian Peninsula under the auspices of Great Britain, are united in the state of Saudi Arabia.
November 8 - In the US presidential election, Democratic Party candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States by defeating incumbent Republican President Herbert Hoover.
January 3 - Dabney Coleman, American actor
January 5 - Umberto Eco, Italian writer, philosopher, semiologist, literary theorist, essayist and medieval historian (prem. 2016)
January 9 - Božidar Pavićević, Serbian actor (prem. 2004)
January 16 - Diane Fossie, American zoologist and protector of mountain gorillas (1985)
January 22 - Piper Laurie, American actress
January 27 - Zoran Prljincevic, Serbian football player (prem. 2013)
February 2 - Bosiljka Boci, Serbian actress (prem. 1997)
February 5 - Cesare Maldini, Italian footballer and football coach (prem. 2016)
February 6 - Francois Trifo, French director, screenwriter, producer, actor and film critic (prem. 1984)
February 8 - John Williams, American composer, conductor and pianist
February 9 - Kruno Valentić, Croatian actor (prem. 2000)
February 18 - Miloš Forman, Czech-American director, screenwriter and actor (prem. 2018)
February 26 - Johnny Cash, American musician, actor and writer (prem. 2003)
February 27 - Elizabeth Taylor, American-English actress (prem. 2011)
March 4 - Miriam Makeba, South African singer, actress and activist