What Happened in March 1940

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
  • Mar 2 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 2 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
  • Mar 3 Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
  • Mar 6 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
  • Mar 7 Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home

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Mar 7 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Mar 10 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
  • Mar 12 Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • Mar 13 Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
  • Mar 14 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas

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Mar 15 Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Mar 16 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow

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Mar 18 Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 19 Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
  • Mar 19 French government of Daladier falls
  • Mar 20 Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
  • Mar 23 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
  • Mar 23 All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
  • Mar 23 The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.

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Mar 26 Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 27 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1941)

  • Mar 28 Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 29 Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Mar 30 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
  • Mar 31 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • Mar 1 Ralph Towner, rocker (Oregon)
  • Mar 1 Robert Grossman, American illustrator
  • Mar 2 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Mar 2 Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 3 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Mar 3 Owen Spencer-Thomas, English broadcaster, journalist and Anglican clergyman
  • Mar 4 Kas Garas, Kaunas Lithuania, actor (Hamlyn-Strange Report)
  • Mar 4 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • Mar 5 Mary Rose Oakar, (Rep)
  • Mar 5 Malcolm Hebden, English actor
  • Mar 6 Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • Mar 6 Willie Stargell, outfielder/1st baseman (Pirates, 1971 NL HR leader)
  • Mar 7 Daniel J Travanti, actor (Frank Furillo-Hill St Blues), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Mar 7 Harald Gerlach, writer
  • Mar 7 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • Mar 7 Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5)
  • Mar 8 Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • Mar 8 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Mar 8 Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Mar 9 Raul Julia, PR, actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman)

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Mar 10 Chuck Norris [Carlos Ray], American martial arts actor (Missing in Action), born in Ryan, Oklahoma

  • Mar 10 David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)
  • Mar 10 Dean Torrence, LA Cal, surf music singer (Jan & Dean-Little Old Lady)
  • Mar 10 Francis Schwartz, composer
  • Mar 11 Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
  • Mar 12 Al Jarreau, jazz singer (Moonlighting), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 12 Albert Johanneson, soccer star
  • Mar 12 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • Mar 14 Eleanor Fount, English actress (Women in Love, Bedazzled)
  • Mar 14 Rita Tushingham, actress (Green Eyes, Doctor Zhivago), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 15 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], California, rock bassist (Grass Roots, Grateful Dead)
  • Mar 15 Frank Dobson, British politician
  • Mar 15 Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • Mar 16 Bernardo Bertolucci, Parma Italy, director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor)
  • Mar 16 Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)
  • Mar 16 Jan P Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 16 Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • Mar 16 Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • Mar 17 Mark White, American politician
  • Mar 18 Kathy Hutchinson, race horse trainer
  • Mar 20 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Mar 20 Mickey Preger, horse trainer
  • Mar 20 Gianpiero Moretti, Milan, Italy, steering wheel designer (Momo), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 21 Solomon Burke, American singer
  • Mar 22 William Ritchie, vice-chancellor (Lancaster U)
  • Mar 22 Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian/American actor (d. 1996)
  • Mar 22 Jorge Ben Jor, Brazilian musician
  • Mar 23 Brian Hastings, cricketer (NZ batsman in 70's)
  • Mar 23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 23 Tariq Yunus, actor (Bollywood, Ashanti, Deceivers)
  • Mar 24 Bob Mackie, Monterey Parks California, designer (Streisand, Cher)
  • Mar 24 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Mar 25 Anita Bryant, Barnsdall Oklahoma, singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner
  • Mar 26 James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 26 Bill Ind, Bishop-designate (Truro)
  • Mar 26 Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)
  • Mar 26 Nancy Pelosi, (Rep-D-California)
  • Mar 26 Rod Lauren, rocker (If I Had a Girl)
  • Mar 26 Servaes [J S] Huys, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Mar 27 Austin Pendleton, Warren OH, actor (Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again)
  • Mar 27 June Wilkinson, Eastbourne England, actress (Absolutely Glamarous)
  • Mar 27 Janis Martin, American singer (d. 2007)
  • Mar 28 J Michael Plumb, Islip NY, equestrian (Oly-2 gold/4 silver-1976,84)
  • Mar 28 Kevin Loughery, NBA star/coach (Balt, Philadelphia)
  • Mar 28 Tony Barber, Australian television personality
  • Mar 29 Raymond Davis, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)
  • Mar 29 Astrud Gilberto, Brazil, singer (Girl From Ipanema)
  • Mar 29 Eden Kane [Richard Graham Sarstedt], British singer, born in New Delhi, India

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Mar 30 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Oly-gold-60, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Mar 30 Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • Mar 31 Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Jim Criner, WLAF head coach (Scottish Claymores)
  • Mar 31 Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Josef Swickard, actor (Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Mar 1 Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (b. 1878)
  • Mar 4 Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 5 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • Mar 10 Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
  • Mar 10 Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)
  • Mar 15 Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies

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Mar 16 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Mar 19 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 25 Ion Nonna Otescu, composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 26 Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • Mar 27 Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • Mar 29 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)