What Happened in March 1912

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry performs 1st (attached-type) parachute jump from an airplane
  • Mar 1 Isabella Goodwin, 1st US woman detective, appointed, NYC
  • Mar 5 Spanish steamer "Principe de Asturias" sinks NE of Spain, 500 die
  • Mar 5 Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.

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Mar 7 Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Mar 11 1st Stanley Cup game to be played in 3 20-min periods, formerly played in 30-min halfs, Quebec beats Moncton 9-3 on way to sweep
  • Mar 11 Eleftherios Venizelos, leader of the Liberal Party, wins the Greek elections again.

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Mar 12 Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) forms in Savannah, by Juliette Gordon Low

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low
  • Mar 12 Helen Hayes Theater opens at 238 W 44th St NYC
  • Mar 12 Establishment of the first football club in Bulgaria - Botev Plovdiv
  • Mar 13 Stanley Cup: Quebec Bulldogs sweep Moncton (NB) in 2 games
  • Mar 13 Bulgaria and Serbia conclude an alliance pact ostensibly against Austria, but it secretly provides for a possible war against Turkey
  • Mar 14 King Vittorio Emanuel III of Italy injured in an assassination attempt

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Mar 15 Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Mar 16 Mrs William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 17 Camp Fire Girls organization announced by Mrs Luther Halsey Gulick
  • Mar 22 Agnes Martin, Macklin Canada, Canadian-American abstract painter
  • Mar 27 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C.

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Mar 29 Capt Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott
  • Mar 29 74th Grand National: Ernie Piggott aboard Jerry M. wins
  • Mar 30 French protectorate in Morocco established

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, archbishop of Toronto (d. 2003)
  • Mar 2 Arthur Beaumont C Langton, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930's)
  • Mar 3 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 4 Afro, [Basaldella], Italian painter
  • Mar 4 John Garfield, actor (Air Force, Destination: Tokyo, Juarez), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4 Carl Marzani, American documentarian (d. 1994)
  • Mar 6 Madge Adam, astronomer
  • Mar 8 Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (d. 2003)
  • Mar 9 Alan David Melville, polymath
  • Mar 11 Robert Clifford Latham, pepys Scholar
  • Mar 11 Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer (El gato con botas)
  • Mar 12 James McKay, lord provost of Edinburgh
  • Mar 12 Kylie Tennant, novelist (Battlers, Lost Haven)
  • Mar 12 Paul Weston, orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Mar 12 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (d. 2006)
  • Mar 13 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, born in Schaffhausen (d. 1968)
  • Mar 13 Igor Youskevitch, dancer
  • Mar 13 James Friell, political cartoonist
  • Mar 14 Les Brown, Reinerton Pa, American bandleader (d. 2001)
  • Mar 15 Duncan Stuart Wilson-MacDonald, fighter pilot

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Mar 15 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • Mar 15 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Kapellekensbaan)
  • Mar 16 Patricia Nixon, [Thelma Catherine], Ely Nevada, 1st lady (1968-74)
  • Mar 19 Adolf Galland, fighter Pilot
  • Mar 19 Russ Case, Hamburg Iowa, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show)
  • Mar 21 Peter Bull, actor/author (Executioner, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove)
  • Mar 22 Henri Rousselot, admiral
  • Mar 22 Lord Alport [Cuthbert Alport], politician, cabinet minister, and life peer
  • Mar 22 Wilfrid Brambell, actor (Hard Day's Night), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 22 Karl Malden, actor (Mike-Streets of SF, American Express), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 23 Alfred Schwarzmann, Germany, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1936)

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Mar 23 Werner von Braun, German rocket scientist (I Aim at the Stars), born in Wirsitz, Germany (now Wyrzysk, Poland) (d. 1977)

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun

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Mar 24 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2010)

Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • Mar 25 Jean Vilar, French stage and film actor (d. 1971)
  • Mar 27 James Callaghan, (L) British PM (1976-79)
  • Mar 27 Reuel Lahmer, composer
  • Mar 27 Robert Watson Hughes, composer
  • Mar 28 A[rthur] Bertram Chandler, UK, sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space)
  • Mar 28 Marina Raskova, Russian navigator (d. 1943)
  • Mar 29 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (d. 1979)
  • Mar 30 Andrew Rodger Waterson, scholar/naturalist
  • Mar 30 Jack Cowie, cricketer (successful NZ fast bowler either side of WWII)
  • Mar 31 Wilhelmus Berkelmans, civil servant/resistance fighter

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 George Grossmith, English actor and comic writer (b. 1847)

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Mar 29 Robert Falcon Scott, British pole explorer, dies in Antarctica at 43

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott
  • Mar 30 Karl May, German writer (Winnetou/Kara Ben Nemsi), dies at 70