What Happened in March 1916

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic
  • Mar 8 US invades Cuba for 3rd time, this to end corrupt Menocal regime
  • Mar 9 Mexican General Francisco "Pancho" Villa invades US (18 killed)
  • Mar 9 Germany declares war against Portugal
  • Mar 12 French airship mistakenly attacks and sinks British submarine D3 with loss of all hands
  • Mar 14 Battle of Verdun - German attack on Mort-Homme ridge, West of Verdun
  • Mar 15 Dutch merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed by German submarine & sinks in North Sea
  • Mar 15 Gen Pershing and 15,000 troops chase Villa into Mexico; they stay 10 for 10 months
  • Mar 15 University of Ghent taken under Dutch control
  • Mar 16 James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella" premieres in London
  • Mar 16 US & Canada sign migratory bird treaty
  • Mar 20 Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
  • Mar 21 JP Van Limburg Stirum succeeds AWF Idenburg as Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
  • Mar 24 German submarines torpedo the unarmed French cross-channel packet 'Sussex'
  • Mar 25 Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • Mar 25 Women are allowed to attend a boxing match

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 28 First performance of "Jerusalem" by Geroge Parry set to words by William Blake at a Fight for Right meeting at the Queen’s Hall, London

Poet/Artist William Blake
Poet/Artist
William Blake
  • Mar 30 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Mar 31 Dutch government ends all military engagements

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Anne Vondeling, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 2 Bernard George Stevens, composer
  • Mar 4 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer (Botteghe Oscure)
  • Mar 4 Hans Eysenck, psychologist
  • Mar 5 Horace Ian Parrott, composer
  • Mar 6 Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Mar 8 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1986)
  • Mar 8 John Seybold, American economist and computer typesetting pioneer (d. 2004)
  • Mar 10 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 11 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 1974-76), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1995)

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 11 Ezra Jack Keats, children's literature author (d. 1983)
  • Mar 13 Corinne Boggs, political administrator
  • Mar 13 Lindy Boggs, (Rep-D-LA, 1973-1991), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 13 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer and founder of the Venus Project, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Mar 14 Horton Foote, American author, playwright and screenwriter
  • Mar 15 Geert Lubberhuizen, publisher (Busy Bee)
  • Mar 15 Harry James, trumpeter (married to Betty Grable), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Mar 15 Fadil Hoxha, Yugoslav politician (d. 2001)
  • Mar 16 Lloyd McBride, union president (United Steelworkers)
  • Mar 16 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (d. 2004)
  • Mar 17 Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • Mar 18 Louis Toebosch, composer
  • Mar 19 Irving Wallace, author (People's Almanac, The Man) [or Mar 18]
  • Mar 19 Eric Christmas, British actor (d. 2000)
  • Mar 20 Pierre Messmer, PM (France)
  • Mar 22 George Wyle, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show, Flip Wilson Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 22 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress/director (Bluejackets)
  • Mar 24 Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • Mar 25 Nikolay Ivanovich Peyko, composer
  • Mar 26 Bill Edrich, English cricketer (Middlesex & England bat, Compton's mate)
  • Mar 26 Christian B Anfinsen, US chemist (cell physiology, Nobel 1972)
  • Mar 26 Mort Abrahams, producer (Dr Doolittle, Planet Of Apes)
  • Mar 26 Sterling Hayden, NJ, actor (Dr Strangelove, Asphalt Jungle, Cobra)
  • Mar 26 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 29 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, born in Watkins, Minnesota (d. 2005)

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • Mar 29 John Paul, Governor-General (Bahamas)
  • Mar 31 John Vivyan, actor (Imitation of Life, Mr Lucky), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 31 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 31 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (d. 1979)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 22 British author "The Lord of the Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Actress Gloria Swanson (17) weds actor Wallace Beery (30)


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Elisabeth OL, [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
  • Mar 4 Franz Marc, German painter/co-founder (Blaue Reiter), killed at 36
  • Mar 9 Ken Hutchings, cricketer (exciting England batsman, WW I), dies
  • Mar 12 M v Ebner-Eschenbach, writer, dies at 39
  • Mar 19 Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (b. 1848)
  • Mar 20 Ota Benga, Congolese pygmy (b. 1884)
  • Mar 21 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art expert, dies at 72
  • Mar 24 Enrique y Campina Granados, Sp opera composer (Goyescas), drowns at 48