What Happened in March 1918

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 NY Yankees purchase 1st baseman George Burns from Detroit Tigers & immediately trades him to Philadelphia A's
  • Mar 3 Richard Goering's "Seeschlacht" premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 3 Facing pressure from internal counterrevolutionary forces and an external German offensive, the Bolsheviks are forced to signs the harsh Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany and Austria
  • Mar 4 Terek Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR (until 1921)
  • Mar 4 First recorded case of Spanish flu at Funston Army Camp, Kanas; start of worldwide pandemic killing 50-100 million
  • Mar 6 US naval boat "Cyclops" disappears in Bermuda Triangle
  • Mar 7 H Carroll & J McCarthy's musical "Oh, Look!" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 7 Pres Wilson authorizes US Army's Distinguished Service Medal
  • Mar 7 World War I: Finland forms an alliance with Germany.
  • Mar 9 Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
  • Mar 9 Ukrainian mobs massacre Jews of Seredino Buda
  • Mar 9 Wageningen Agricultural College Neth opens
  • Mar 11 Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
  • Mar 11 Save the Redwoods League founded
  • Mar 11 First confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu in the US are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 Trotsky gains control of the Red Army

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Mar 13 American Red Magen David (Jewish Red Cross) forms
  • Mar 13 1st NHL championship: Mont Canadiens beat Toronto Arenas, outscoring them 10-7 in a 2 game set
  • Mar 14 1st concrete ship to cross the Atlantic (Faith) is launched, SF
  • Mar 16 Geoffrey O'Hara's "K-K-K-Katy" song published
  • Mar 17 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Rosemary Beresford
  • Mar 17 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
  • Mar 18 Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
  • Mar 18 Socialist Youth AJC organizes in Amsterdam
  • Mar 19 US Congress authorizes time zones & approves daylight saving time
  • Mar 19 S Potter becomes 1st US pilot to shoot down a German seaplane
  • Mar 21 -28] During WW I Germany launches Somme offensive
  • Mar 23 Alick Wickham dives 200' into Australia's Yarra River
  • Mar 23 Crépy-en-Laonnoise: German artillery shells Paris, 256 killed
  • Mar 23 Lithuania proclaims independence
  • Mar 23 Paris bombs "Thick Bertha's Dike" (nickname for the widow Krupp)
  • Mar 23 German forces advance 14 miles to the Somme River (WW1)
  • Mar 25 The Belarusian People's Republic is established.
  • Mar 27 Moldova and Bessarabia join Romania.
  • Mar 30 Stanley Cup: Toronto Arenas (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Mar 31 1st daylight savings time in US goes into effect

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Roger Delgado, actor (Agent 8 3/4, Hot Enought for June), born in London, England
  • Mar 1 Gladys Noon Spellman, American politician (d. 1988)
  • Mar 2 Peter O'Sullevan, horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', born in County Kerry, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 Arnold Newman, photographer (Faces USA)
  • Mar 3 Arthur Kornberg, US biochemist (Nobel 1959)
  • Mar 3 Frank Wigglesworth, composer
  • Mar 3 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrian (d. 2000)
  • Mar 4 Margaret Osborne DuPont, Joseph Oregon, tennis pro (US Open 1948-50), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 5 Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/spy (MI6)/priest
  • Mar 5 Ranga Sohoni, Indian cricketer (pace bowler of late 40's avg 101)
  • Mar 5 Red Storey, Canadian football player and ice hockey referee (d. 2006)
  • Mar 5 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • Mar 5 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • Mar 7 June Wayne, artist/lithographer/teacher
  • Mar 8 Alan Hale [MacKahan] Jr, actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 9 Marguerite Chapman, Chatham NY, actress (Spy Smasher, Flight to Mars)
  • Mar 9 Mickey Spillane, [Frank], mystery writer (I the Jury), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 10 Heywood Hale Broun, TV commentator and sports correspondent, born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • Mar 10 Günther Rall, German ace fighter pilot
  • Mar 12 James Bracken, race horse trainer
  • Mar 12 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (d. 1989)
  • Mar 13 Faye Glenn Abdellan, US government official (health services)
  • Mar 13 George McAfee, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 14 Dennis Patrick, actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 15 Janet Leach, potter, born in Grand Saline, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Mar 15 Richard Ellmann, US, literary scholar/writer (Oscar Wilde)
  • Mar 15 Punch Imlach, Canadian hockey coach and general manager (d. 1987)
  • Mar 16 Aldo E van Eyck, Dutch architect (City Hall)
  • Mar 16 Howard Boatwright, composer
  • Mar 17 D Arendo, [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist/composer (Eleonora)
  • Mar 17 Mercedes McCambridge, actress (All the King's Men), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Mar 17 Wilhelmus M J Russell, Dutch attorney/Member of 1st chamber (KVP/CDA)
  • Mar 18 Al Benton, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • Mar 18 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 18 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Bodaybo, Irkutsk, Soviet Union, fighter pilot, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 20 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (Soldiers)
  • Mar 20 Jack Barry, Lindenhurst NY, game show emcee (Joker's Wild)
  • Mar 20 Marian McPartland, jazz pianist (Bill Mayer, Jimmy McPartland), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 20 Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
  • Mar 21 Joe Carveth, NHL forward (scored 20 or more goals in 3 seasons)
  • Mar 22 Cheddi B Jagan, dentist/founder PPP/Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64)
  • Mar 22 Harry Kay, vice-chancellor (Exeter U)
  • Mar 22 Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer
  • Mar 24 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter
  • Mar 25 Howard Cosell, Winston-Salem NC, sportscaster (Monday Night Football)
  • Mar 28 Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer
  • Mar 29 John Read, CEO (TSB Group)
  • Mar 29 Pearl Bailey, singer (Hello Dolly), born in Newport News, Virginia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 29 Sam Walton, Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart, born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma (d. 1992)

Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • Mar 30 John Gray, FRS/marine biologist
  • Mar 30 Joseph Allen Jr, actor (Death of a Champion), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 31 Ted Post, Dir (Peacemaker, Beneath the Planet of the Apes)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 19 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 4 Eugene D'Harcourt, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 9 [Benjamin] Franc[lin] Wedekind, German writer/press sec, dies at 53
  • Mar 10 Jim McCormick, Scottish-born American baseball player, dies at 61
  • Mar 13 Karel Stecker, composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 13 William Courtleigh, actor (Susie Snowflake), dies at 26
  • Mar 15 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24
  • Mar 15 Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24
  • Mar 18 Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 19 Willem H de Beaufort, Dutch historian/liberal politician, dies at 73
  • Mar 20 Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War General (b. 1828)
  • Mar 23 Cesar Cortinas, composer, dies at 27
  • Mar 24 Theophile Ysaye, composer, dies at 53

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 25 Claude Debussy, French composer (Iberia/La Mer), dies in Paris at 55

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • Mar 26 Caesar A Cui, Lithuanian fort builder/composer, dies at 83