What Happened in March 1931

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution
  • Mar 3 Cab Calloway records "Minnie Moocher" (Jazz's 1st million seller)

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Mar 4 Bradman bowled by Herman Griffith for a duck as W I win the Test

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Mar 4 West Indies beat Australia for the 1st time, by 30 runs at SCG

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Mar 5 Gandhi & British viceroy Lord Irwin sign pact

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mar 8 24th Women's Australian Championships: Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Marjorie Cox Crawford (1-6, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Mar 8 24th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats Harry Hopman (6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1)
  • Mar 10 British Labour party removes fascist sir Oswald Mosley
  • Mar 11 Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR, abbreviated as GTO, is introduced in the Soviet Union.
  • Mar 14 1st theater built for rear movie projection (NYC)
  • Mar 16 Genootschap Onze Taal (Our Language) organizes (Neth)

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Mar 17 Stalin throws Krupskaya Lenin out of Central Committee

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Mar 18 1st electric shavers go on sale in US (Schick)
  • Mar 18 Juan Bautista Aznar becomes premier of Spain
  • Mar 19 Nevada legalizes gambling
  • Mar 20 Bishop Schreiber warns against national-socialism in Berlin
  • Mar 21 KRO-broadcast studio initiated in Hilversum Holland
  • Mar 21 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 21 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner

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Mar 23 Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev embrace the gallows during the Indian struggle for independence. Their request to be shot by a firing squad is refused.

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • Mar 25 Hal Kemp & his orchestra record Whistles, with Skinnay Ennis
  • Mar 25 Scottsboro Boys (accused of raping a white woman) arrested in Alabama
  • Mar 26 Iraq & Trans-Jordan sign peace treaty
  • Mar 26 Leo Bentley bowls 3 consecutive perfect games in Lorain, Ohio
  • Mar 26 New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capital of British-Indies

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Mar 27 Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • Mar 27 John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on
  • Mar 27 90th Grand National: Bob Lyall aboard Grakle wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)

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Mar 2 Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), born in Stavropol, Russia

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Mar 2 Tom Wolfe, journalist/author (Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 3 Henk Knol, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • Mar 3 Piet [van] Bambergen, Dutch cabaretier (Mounties, Sherlock Jones)
  • Mar 4 Han Jansen, Dutch painter
  • Mar 4 Wally Bruner, American journalist and television host (d. 1997)
  • Mar 4 Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
  • Mar 4 Alice Rivlin, American economist
  • Mar 5 Anthony Headges, composer
  • Mar 5 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 5 Fred Othon Aristidès, French comics artist
  • Mar 6 Carmen Delavallade, US dancer/singer/actress (Aida)
  • Mar 6 David Haddon Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack)
  • Mar 6 John Smith, actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 6 Hal Needham, American stuntman, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 7 C W Stubblefield, music promoter
  • Mar 7 Cornelis T "Cor" van de Molen, director Social Businesses of Press
  • Mar 8 John McPhee, author (Back to ----)
  • Mar 8 Neil Adcock, cricketer (South African pace bowler, 104 wkts 1953-62), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 8 Neil Postman, American cultural critic (d. 2003)
  • Mar 9 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (d. 2007)
  • Mar 10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • Mar 11 Peter Walters, CEO (Midland Bank)

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Mar 11 Rupert Murdoch, Australian media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Mar 12 Geoffrey de Bellaigue, director (Royal Collection)
  • Mar 12 William "Buckwheat" Thomas, actor (Little Rascals)
  • Mar 12 Herbert Kelleher, Southwest Airlines co-founder
  • Mar 13 Marc Dessauvage, Flemish architect
  • Mar 13 Rosalind Elias, Lowell Mass, mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere)
  • Mar 13 Wolfgang Kohlhaase, actor/director/writer (Solo Sunday), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Mar 14 Bob Goalby, golfer (British Open-1968, Canadian Open-1968, NZ-1970)
  • Mar 14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • Mar 16 Betty Johnson, Guilford County NC, singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed)
  • Mar 16 Don Richard Carpenter, novelist
  • Mar 17 Eunice Gayson, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 David Peakall, British scientist (d. 2001)
  • Mar 18 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 20 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • Mar 20 David Montgomery, chairman (British Forestry Commission)
  • Mar 20 Hal Linden, [Harold Lipshitz], actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic)
  • Mar 20 John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)
  • Mar 21 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • Mar 22 Igor Hajek, translator/writer
  • Mar 22 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), born in Newport (d. 2014)

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Mar 22 William Shatner, actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • Mar 23 Norman F Lent, (Rep-R-NY, 1971- 93 ), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Gorno-Altaysk, Russia, skier (Oly gld 1964), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 24 Thelma Kalama, US, 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Mar 25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer

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Mar 26 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • Mar 27 Burt Collins, trumpeter
  • Mar 27 R P Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)
  • Mar 27 Yoriaki Matsudaira, composer
  • Mar 29 Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 29 James Weatherhead, moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)
  • Mar 29 Lord Tebbit, British CH
  • Mar 29 Sylvia Law, British town planner
  • Mar 30 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 30 Harold Burrage, US singer/pianist (Hi Yo Silver)
  • Mar 30 Sandor Szokolay, composer
  • Mar 31 Miller Barber, PGA golfer (1968 Byron Nelson Classic), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted and imprisoned for ritualist activities (b. 1839)
  • Mar 7 Akseli V Gallen-Kallela, Finnish painter/illustrator, dies at 65
  • Mar 7 Theo van Doesburg, [Christian Kupper], painter/architect, dies at 47
  • Mar 8 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 9 Ida B Wells-Barnett, African American civil rights activist, dies in Chicago at 78
  • Mar 11 F.W. Murnau, German film director (b. 1888)
  • Mar 20 Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • Mar 22 Ban Johnson, founder of baseball's American League, dies at 67

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Mar 23 Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev Indian freedom fighters

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • Mar 27 Arnold Bennett, English novelist, dies at 63
  • Mar 31 Knute Rockne, football player/coach, dies in a plane crash at 43