What Happened in March 1930

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building
  • Mar 4 Coolidge Dam in Arizona dedicated
  • Mar 4 Emma Fahning bowls 1st sanctioned 300 game by a woman
  • Mar 4 Terrible floods ransack Languedoc and the surrounds in south-west France, resulting in twelve departments being submerged by water and causing the death of over 700 people.
  • Mar 6 Clarence Birdseye develops a method for quick freezing food
  • Mar 7 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball

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Mar 8 Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth"

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 11 William Taft, US 27th President & Chief Justice buried in Arlington

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Mar 12 Mohandas Gandhi begins 200m (300km) march protesting British salt tax

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mar 12 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh] sets record for the 220-yard dash (0:26.1)
  • Mar 13 Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory
  • Mar 15 1st seaplane glider flown, Port Washington, NY
  • Mar 15 1st streamlined submarine of US navy, USS Nautilus, launched
  • Mar 16 USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine
  • Mar 18 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
  • Mar 19 Nakagawa Soen accepted as a student of Katsube Keigaku Roshi
  • Mar 20 Clessie Cummins sets diesel engine speed record of 129.39 kph
  • Mar 23 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 23 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 24 1st religious services telecast in US (W2XBS NYC)
  • Mar 26 Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway
  • Mar 27 1st US radio broadcast from a ship at sea
  • Mar 28 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)
  • Mar 28 Turkish cities Constantinople & Angora change their names to Istanbul & Ankara
  • Mar 29 Heinrich Brüning is appointed German Reichskanzler.
  • Mar 29 89h Grand National: Tommy Cullinan aboard Shaun Goilin wins
  • Mar 30 Babberich-H soccer team forms
  • Mar 31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 C D Gopinath, cricketer (batted in 8 Tests for India in the 1950's)
  • Mar 1 Pierre Max Dubois, composer
  • Mar 1 Raymond St Jacques, actor/director (Cotton Comes to Harlem, Mr Moses)
  • Mar 1 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (d. 1980)
  • Mar 2 Jan van Noor, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • Mar 2 John Cullum, actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mar 2 Emma Penella, Spanish actress (d. 2007)
  • Mar 3 Heiner Geißler, German politician
  • Mar 3 Ion Iliescu, President of Romania
  • Mar 5 Del Crandall, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Lorin Maazel, French conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), born in Neuilly France, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 7 James Broderick, Charlestown, New Hampshire, American actor (Dog Day Afternoon, Family)
  • Mar 7 Lord Snowdon, [Anthony Armstrong-Jones], photographer, born in London, England
  • Mar 8 Bob Grim, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • Mar 9 Harrie J B Aarts, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • Mar 9 Thomas Schippers, Kalamazoo Mich, conductor (Amahl & Night Visitors)
  • Mar 9 Taina Elg, Helsinki Finland, actress (Hercules in NY, Les Girls)

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Mar 9 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • Mar 10 Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer
  • Mar 10 Sandor Iharos, athlete
  • Mar 11 David Gentleman, designer/painter
  • Mar 12 Antony Acland, provost of Eton/British ambassador (to US)
  • Mar 12 Robin Cavendish, disabled campaigner
  • Mar 12 Scoey Mitchill, Newburgh NY, comedian (Barefoot in the Park, Rhoda)
  • Mar 12 Stanko Horvat, composer
  • Mar 13 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter, born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • Mar 13 Jan Howard, American singer
  • Mar 14 Dieter Schnebel, German vicar/composer
  • Mar 14 Ray Flockton, cricketer (prolific NSW batsman of 50's)
  • Mar 15 Zhores Ivanovich Alferov, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Mar 16 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, born in Tokushima (d. 2011)
  • Mar 17 James Benson Irwin, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 18 Maurice Peress, conductor (KC Philharmonic 1974-80), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Pat Halcox, British musician, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 19 Bill Henderson, jazz singer (Torpedo-Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 20 Michel Magne, composer
  • Mar 22 Derek Bok, college president (Harvard)
  • Mar 22 Lynden O Pindling, PM of Bahamas (1967-92)
  • Mar 22 Pat Robertson, televangelist (700 club, Presidential candidate-R-1989)
  • Mar 22 Stephen Sondheim, lyricist (West Side Story, Company), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 22 Derek Bok, American lawyer and educator
  • Mar 24 Kenneth Nelson, Rocky Mount NC, actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family)

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Mar 24 Steve McQueen, American actor (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), born in Beech Grove, Indiana

  • Mar 25 David Russell Burge, composer
  • Mar 26 Cristobal Halffter, composer
  • Mar 26 Gregory Corso, beat poet (Happy Birthday of Death, Long Live Man)
  • Mar 26 Sandra Day O'Connor, Texas, 1st woman Supreme Court Justice (1981- )
  • Mar 27 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist/writer (Bird Watching)
  • Mar 27 David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (The Fugitive, Harry O), born in Naponee Nebraska (d. 1980)
  • Mar 27 Richard Hayman, orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, born in Rome (d. 1996)
  • Mar 28 George Bruce, British portrait painter, born in London
  • Mar 28 Robert Ashley, composer
  • Mar 28 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer
  • Mar 29 Donny Conn, musician (The Playmates), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Mar 29 G R Sunderam, cricket pace bowler (2 Tests India v NZ 1955-56)
  • Mar 29 Hugh Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford
  • Mar 30 Lord Browne-Wilkinson [Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson], Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (UK)
  • Mar 30 John Astin, Balt Md, actor (I'm Dickens He's Fenster, Addams Family)
  • Mar 30 Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist and entertainer, born in Bassendean, Western Australia

Famous Deaths

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Mar 2 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies of tuberculosis at 44

  • Mar 6 William Milton, cricketer (South African Test capt in 3 Tests 1889-92), dies

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Mar 8 William Howard Taft, 27th US President (1909-13) and Chief Justice, dies at 72

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • Mar 8 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
  • Mar 12 Alois Jirásek, Czech writer (b. 1851)

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Mar 12 William George Barker, Canadian fighter ace (Victoria Cross recipient), dies in a training accident at 35

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • Mar 13 Mary E W Freeman, US writer (Pembroke), dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Antonio Beltramelli, writer, dies at 51
  • Mar 16 Miguel Primo de Riveray Orbaneja, Sp dictator (1923-30), dies at 60
  • Mar 19 Arthur Balfour, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1902-05) and Foreign Secretary (Balfour Declaration), dies of unremitting circulatory trouble at 81
  • Mar 29 Anton Bettelheim, writer, dies