What Happened in March 1939

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.
  • Mar 2 Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII
  • Mar 2 Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late

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Mar 3 In Mumbai (Bombay), Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest against autocratic rule in India.

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mar 7 Glamour magazine begins publishing
  • Mar 7 Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record "Auld Lang Syne"
  • Mar 8 Lenore Coffee & William Joyce Cowan's "Family Portrait" premieres
  • Mar 10 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad India
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XII crowned in Vatican ceremonies
  • Mar 14 England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day
  • Mar 14 Nazi Germany dissolves Republic of Czechoslovakia

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Mar 15 Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independent

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 16 Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 16 Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
  • Mar 16 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
  • Mar 17 Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.
  • Mar 20 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania
  • Mar 21 Nazi-Germany demands Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland
  • Mar 22 Lithuania forced to give Memel territory to Germany
  • Mar 24 98th Grand National: Tim Hyde aboard Workman wins
  • Mar 25 Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart
  • Mar 27 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33
  • Mar 28 Dutch hunter shoots down British bombers
  • Mar 28 Philip Barry's "Philadelphia Story" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 28 Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship

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Mar 28 Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Mar 30 The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets the world airspeed record of 463 mph.
  • Mar 30 First flight of the Australian C.A.C. CA-16 Wirraway.
  • Mar 31 Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany

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Mar 31 "The Hound of Baskervilles", starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson for the first time, is released

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Leo Brouwer, Cuban composer, conductor and musician, born in Havana
  • Mar 1 Warren Davis, rocker (Monotones)
  • Mar 2 Barbara Luna, actress (5 Weeks in a Balloon, Gentle Savage), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 2 Gerard van Tongeren, Dutch singer (Buffoons)
  • Mar 3 Hans Pieter Verhagen, Dutch poet (Hoepla/Holland's Hole)
  • Mar 3 M L Jaisimha, cricketer (Indian batsman of the sixties)
  • Mar 4 James Aubrey Turner, scientist
  • Mar 4 Paula Prentiss, [Ragusa] San Ant Tx, actress (Parallax View, He & She)
  • Mar 4 Carlos Vereza, Brazilian actor

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Mar 4 Jack Fisher, MLB Pitcher, born in Frostburg, Maryland

MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • Mar 5 Charles Fuller, US writer (Zooman, Soldier Story)
  • Mar 5 Samantha Eggar, actress (Collector, Dr Doolittle) [or May 3], born in London, England
  • Mar 5 Terry Curry, English multi-millionaire
  • Mar 5 Peter Woodcock, Canadian serial killer
  • Mar 6 Christopher Bond, (Sen-R Missouri)
  • Mar 6 David Spielberg, Weslaco Tx, actor (Jessica Novak, The Practice)
  • Mar 6 Jerry Naylor, Stephenville Tx, rock vocalist (Crickets)
  • Mar 6 Infanta Margarita of Spain, duchess of Soria
  • Mar 6 Cookie Rojas, baseball player
  • Mar 7 Marion Marlowe, singer (Arthur Godfrey & Friends), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 7 Panajot Pano, Albania's most outstanding football player of the past 50 years born in Durres
  • Mar 8 George William Reed, astronomy writer/cartoonist (Dark Sky Legacy)
  • Mar 8 Jim Bouton, pitcher (NY Yankees)/author (Ball Four), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 8 Lydia Skoblikova, USSR, speed skater (Olympics-6 gold-1960, 64)
  • Mar 8 Mike Lowry, (Rep-D-WA, 1979- )
  • Mar 8 Robert Tear, Barry Wales, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970)
  • Mar 8 Yannis Vlachopoulos, composer
  • Mar 10 Irina Press, USSR, 80m hurdles/Pentathelete (Olympic-gold-1960, 64)
  • Mar 11 Lorraine Hunt, former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • Mar 11 Flaco JimĂ©nez, American musician
  • Mar 12 Barbara Feldon, actress (Agent 99-Get Smart), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 12 David Mlinaric, British interior director
  • Mar 13 Neil Sedaka, American singer/songwriter (Breaking Up is Hard to Do), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 14 Bertrand Blier, novelist/director (Going Places), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 14 William Benjamin Lenoir, astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 14 Raymond J. Barry, American actor
  • Mar 14 Stavros Xarhakos, Greek composer
  • Mar 15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Mar 15 Jack Whyte, Scottish-Canadian author
  • Mar 16 Carlos Bilardo, Argetinian football coach
  • Mar 17 Shahid Mahmoud, cricketer (opener scored 16 & 9 in only Pak Test)
  • Mar 17 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • Mar 17 Jim Gary, American sculptor (d. 2006)
  • Mar 18 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • Mar 18 Ron Atkinson, English former footballer and manager
  • Mar 18 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
  • Mar 18 Kenny Lynch, British entertainer
  • Mar 19 Abbas Ali Baig, cricketer (Indian bat 112 on debut v England 1959)
  • Mar 19 Joe Kapp, NFL QB (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)

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Mar 20 Brian Mulroney, 18th Prime Minister of Canada (1984-93), born in Baie-Comeau, Quebec

18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada
Brian Mulroney
  • Mar 20 Earl of Seafield, [Ginger], English large landowner
  • Mar 21 Kathleen Widdoes, actress (Without a Trace), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 21 Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Mar 23 Bert Berdis, Pitts, comedian (Tim Conway Show)
  • Mar 23 Boris Ivanovich Tischenko, composer
  • Mar 23 Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and entertainer
  • Mar 25 Toni Cade Bambara, director
  • Mar 26 Colin Webb, general manager (Press Association)
  • Mar 26 Phillip R Allen, Pitts, actor (Harry-Hardy Boys Mystery, Mitch-Alice)
  • Mar 26 Stuart Sutherland, Professor Emeritus (Sussex U)
  • Mar 27 Cale Yarborough, auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84)
  • Mar 27 Jay C Kim, (Rep-R-California)
  • Mar 27 Lord Lyell [Charles Lyell], British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • Mar 27 Ruth Ashton, general secretary (Royal College of Midwives)
  • Mar 29 Hanumant Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India-century on debut)
  • Mar 29 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, Night Creature)
  • Mar 29 Roland Arnall, American businessman and diplomat (d. 2008).
  • Mar 31 Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first President of Georgia (d. 1993)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Famous Deaths

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Mar 2 Howard Carter, British archaeologist/Egyptologist (King Tut), dies at 65

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • Mar 6 [Carl L] Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician, dies at 86
  • Mar 7 Amadeo Roldan, composer, dies at 38
  • Mar 7 John Jules Barrish, Irish writer (b. 1885)
  • Mar 18 Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader (b. 1859)
  • Mar 19 Lloyd L. Gaines, American civil rights activist
  • Mar 21 Evald Aav, Estonian composer, dies at 39
  • Mar 27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)