What Happened in March 1908

Historical Events

  • Mar 4 Primary school catches fire in Collingwood, Ohio (180 killed)
  • Mar 5 1st ascent of Mt Erebus, Antarctica
  • Mar 7 Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
  • Mar 8 Dutch utopist Frederick of Eden speaks in Carnegie Hall, NY
  • Mar 9 Inter Milan is founded.
  • Mar 12 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers sweep Win Maple Leafs in 2 games
  • Mar 12 The Pan-Macedonian group is formed in Athens to support the Greek Struggle for Macedonia.
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4
  • Mar 15 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"
  • Mar 17 Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 17 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Mar 23 American diplomat Durham Stevens is attacked by Korean assassins Jeon Myeong-un and Jang In-hwan, leading to his death in a hospital two days later.
  • Mar 25 Clube Atletico Mineiro, Founded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Mar 27 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe aboard Rubio wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
  • Mar 2 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)
  • Mar 2 Walter Bruch, German engineer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 3 Riccardo Nielsen, composer
  • Mar 4 Boris N Poveloi, [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [NS=Mar 17]

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Mar 5 Rex Harrison, English actor (My Fair Lady, Dr Doolittle), born in Huyton, England (d. 1990)

  • Mar 5 Sophie Stewart, Scotland, actress (As You Like It, Under the Red Robe)
  • Mar 5 Irving Fiske, American writer, playwright, (d. 1990)

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Mar 7 Anna Magnani, Italian actress (Rose Tattoo, Miracle, Wild is the Wind), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1973)

Actress Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
  • Mar 7 Joop [Joseph] van Santen, Dutch 1st chamber member (CPN)
  • Mar 7 Tomas de Manzarraga, composer
  • Mar 9 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, born in Porte Alegre (d. 1965)
  • Mar 10 Carl Albert, US speaker of house (1971-77)
  • Mar 10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • Mar 12 David Saul Marshall, diplomat lawyer/politician
  • Mar 12 Inez Courtney, American actress (13th Man, Crime Ring, Raven), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 12 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 13 Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician
  • Mar 13 Paul Stewart, American actor (Top Secret USA, Deadline), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 13 Walter Annenberg, publisher (Triangle-TV Guide)/Amb to GB, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 14 Maurice (Jean Jacques) Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher
  • Mar 14 Nikolay Petrovich Rakov, composer
  • Mar 14 Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraft; d. 1991)
  • Mar 16 Robert Rossen director/writer (Hustler, All the King's Men, Mambo)
  • Mar 17 Boris N Poveloi, [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [OS=Mar 4]
  • Mar 17 Radie Britain, composer
  • Mar 17 Brigitte Helm, German actress (d. 1996)
  • Mar 18 Louis Gaste, songwriter
  • Mar 20 Frank Stanton, Muskegon Mich, broadcasting executive (CBS)
  • Mar 20 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Lady Vanishes), born in Bristol (d. 1985)
  • Mar 20 Philip "Felix" Bekkers, actor (Czardasvorstin)
  • Mar 22 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, born in Shakopee, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • Mar 22 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, born in Langenbeutingen (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Louis D L'Amour, author (Hondo, Jubal Sackett), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • Mar 22 Maurice H Stans, Shakope Minn, Secretary of Commerce (1969-72)
  • Mar 23 Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate
  • Mar 25 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director

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Mar 25 David Lean, English director (Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter), born in Croydon, England

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Mar 26 Betty MacDonald, [Anne E Campbell Bard], US writer (Egg & I)
  • Mar 26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 26 Hilda Krahwinkel Sperling, Essen Germany, tennis star (French 1935)
  • Mar 26 Kenneth Mellanby, entomologist
  • Mar 26 Robert William Paine, architect
  • Mar 27 Jacques [Izaak] den Haan, Dutch writer (Dangerous Book)
  • Mar 29 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 29 Dennis O'Keefe, actor/director (T-Men, Fighting Seabees), born in Fort Madison, Iowa (d. 1968)
  • Mar 30 Camille Schmit, composer
  • Mar 30 Kurt Bruggemann, composer
  • Mar 30 Leslie O'Brien "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith, Chinese cricket bowler
  • Mar 31 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 11 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 11 Revd Benjamin Waugh, American activist (b. 1839)
  • Mar 12 Edmondo de Amicis, Italian writer (L'idioma Gentile), dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (b. 1851)
  • Mar 28 John Eliot, English meteorologist, dies at 68