Video: 'Frankenstein' trailer
(Saturday, November 21, 1931) — Frankenstein, a horror film about an ardent young scientist and his devoted assistant who piece together a human body from pieces collected from various sources, opened tonight in the U.S.
Directed by James Whale, the film stars Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye and Boris Karloff.
(Saturday, October 24, 1931) — The new $60 million George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River, the world’s the longest main span connecting New York and New Jersey, was dedicated today (opened to traffic the following day, Oct. 25, 1931). Click here for video of today’s dedication ceremonies.
The World At War: Banzai!: Japan (1931–1942) (Japanese invasion of Manchuria @ 7:21)
(Saturday, September 19, 1931) — Manchuria was invaded today by the Kwantung Army of the Empire of Japan immediately following the Mukden Incident. The Japanese established a puppet state, called Manchukoku, and their occupation would last until the end of World War II.
(watch Gandhi's arrival in London @ 1:12 into embedded video)
(Saturday, September 12, 1931) — Mahatma Gandhi, the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement, arrived in London this afternoon in a chilling and drenching rain, determined to do his best at the second Round Table Conference for the “dumb and semi-starved millions” of India.
Presidential gravesites: Warren G. Harding
(Tuesday, June 16, 1931) — U.S. President Herbert Hoover scored the betrayal of Warren G. Harding “by a few of the men he had trusted” in dedicating in Marion, Ohio, today the Harding Memorial, the burial location of the 29th President of the United States and First Lady Florence Kling Harding.