What Happened in March 1943

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Jewish old age home for disabled in Amsterdam raided
  • Mar 2 1st transport from Westerbork Neth to Sobibor concentration camp
  • Mar 3 Bomb fleeing crowd falls into London shelter; 173 die
  • Mar 3 F Ryerson & Cohn Claues' "Harriet" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 3 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
  • Mar 4 Transport #50 departs with French Jews to Maidanek/Sobibor

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 4 15th Academy Awards: "Mrs. Miniver", James Cagney & Greer Garson win

  • Mar 5 Anti-fascist strikes in Italy
  • Mar 5 RAF bombs Essen Germany

BattleBattle of Interest

Mar 6 Battle at Medenine, North Africa: Rommel's counterattack

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Sukarno asks for cooperation with Japanese occupiers

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Major General George Patton arrives in Djebel Kouif Tunisia

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • Mar 8 335 allied bombers attack German city of Nuremberg, a centre for military production
  • Mar 8 Limited gambling legalized in Mexico
  • Mar 8 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 8 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Arthur Vaughn
  • Mar 9 Delft opposition group-Pahud de Mortanges overthrown
  • Mar 9 Greek Jews of Salonika are transported to Nazi extermination camps
  • Mar 11 Nazi Militia forms in Netherlands
  • Mar 12 Soviet troops liberate Wjasma
  • Mar 13 Baseball approves official ball (with cork & balata)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 Failed assassin attempt on Hitler during Smolensk-Rastenburg flight

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 13 Frank Dixon wins Knights of Columbus mile (4:09.6)
  • Mar 14 World War II: Kraków Ghetto is "liquidated"
  • Mar 15 Allied reconnaissance flight over Java
  • Mar 15 Red Army evacuates Kharkov
  • Mar 16 Elin K (No) & Zaanland (Neth) torpedoed & sinks
  • Mar 17 Aldemarin (Ned) & Fort Cedar Lake (US) torpedoed & sinks
  • Mar 17 F Hugh Herbert's "Kiss & Tell" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 17 Physician Willem J Kolff performs the world's first 'hemodialysis' using his artificial kidney machine, however the treatment is unsuccessful and the patient dies, the Netherlands
  • Mar 18 James Oglethorpe (US) & Terkolei (Neth), torpedoed & sinks
  • Mar 18 Red Army evacuates Belgorod

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Agnes Moorehead appears in "Sorry, Wrong Number" on the radio program "Suspense", her most successful appearance

  • Mar 19 Airship Canadian Star torpedoed & sinks
  • Mar 19 British 8th army opens assault on Mareth line, Tunisia
  • Mar 19 Frank Nitti, the Chicago Outfit Boss after Al Capone, commits suicide at the Chicago Central Railyard.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 19 In their third match, Jake LaMotta finally defeats Jimmy Reeves by knocking him out in the sixth round

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • Mar 20 German U-384 bombed & sinks
  • Mar 21 Assassination attempt on Hitler fails
  • Mar 21 Massacre of the town of Kalavryta, Greece by German Nazi troops.
  • Mar 22 Dutch work week extended to 54 hour
  • Mar 22 Obligatory work for woman ends in Belgium
  • Mar 22 SS police chief Rauter threatens to kill half Jewish children
  • Mar 23 German counter attack on US lines in Tunisia
  • Mar 25 97% of all Dutch physicians strike againt nazi registration
  • Mar 25 Jimmy Durante & Garry Moore premiere on radio
  • Mar 26 Battle of Komandorski Islands, Pacific Ocean
  • Mar 26 Elsie S Ott becomes 1st woman awarded US Air Force Medal
  • Mar 27 Assassination attempt on Van de Peat at Amsterdams census bureau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • Mar 27 US begins assault on Fondouk Pass, Tunisia
  • Mar 29 Meat( 784 gram/week, 2 kilogram for GI's), butter & cheese rationed in US during WW II
  • Mar 30 5th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Wyoming beat Georgetown 46-34
  • Mar 30 British 1st army recaptures Sejenane
  • Mar 31 Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 31 US errantly bombs Rotterdam, kills 326

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Benjamin W Jipcho, Mt Elgon Kenya, 3K steeplechase (Oly-silver-1972)
  • Mar 1 Franz Hohler, Swiss writer, born in Biel
  • Mar 1 Mauro Checcoli, Italy, 3 day equestrian (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Mar 1 Piet Veerman, Dutch rock vocalist/guitarist (Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • Mar 1 Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Mar 1 Gil Amelio, American venture capitalist
  • Mar 1 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast
  • Mar 1 Richard H. Price, American physicist
  • Mar 1 Rashid Sunyaev, Russian physicist
  • Mar 1 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 2 Tony Meehan [Daniel Meehan], English rocker (Drifters, Vipers), born in London, England
  • Mar 2 Gordon Black, English industrialist
  • Mar 2 Rosa DeLauro, (Rep-D-Connecticut)
  • Mar 2 Stephen Dickman, composer
  • Mar 2 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 2 Peter Straub, American author
  • Mar 3 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point)
  • Mar 4 Zoltan Jeney, composer
  • Mar 5 Billy Backus, American boxer
  • Mar 5 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire (d. 2015)
  • Mar 7 Carole Peel, Australian softball asst coach (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Mar 7 Chris White, rock bassist (Zombies-Never Even Thought), born in New York, NY (d. 2015)
  • Mar 7 Leon Frank Sylvers, rocker
  • Mar 8 Lynn Redgrave, actress (Georgie Girl)/Weight-Watcher, born in London, England
  • Mar 9 Trish Van Devere, [Patricia Dressel], Tenafly New Jersey, actress (Changeling)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 9 Bobby Fischer, American world chess champion (1972-75), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Mar 9 Charles Gibson, American television journalist
  • Mar 10 Alfred Whitford Lerdahl, composer
  • Mar 10 Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Body Talk, Star Trek), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 10 Stephen Montague, composer
  • Mar 13 Andre Techine, director/writer (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous)
  • Mar 14 Jim Pons, bassist (Turtles, Mothers of Invention), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 15 Brenda Scott, actress (Midge-Road West), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 15 David Cronenberg, director (Shivers, Fly, Brood), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 16 Ursula Goodenough, Evolutionary Scholar, Cell Biologist
  • Mar 16 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 17 Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Mar 18 Kevin Dobson, Jackson Hgts NY, actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon)
  • Mar 18 Toula Grivas, Greek actress
  • Mar 19 Mario J. Molina, Mexican chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Mar 19 Mario Monti, Italian politician
  • Mar 19 Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 20 Gerard Malanga, American poet and photographer
  • Mar 20 Naima Neidre, Estonian graphic artist
  • Mar 20 Paul Junger Witt, American TV producer
  • Mar 21 Antal Dunai, Hungary, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Mar 21 Vivian Stanshall, songwriter/comic
  • Mar 21 Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
  • Mar 22 George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 22 Joseph Schwantner, composer
  • Mar 22 Keith Relf, England, rocker (Yardbirds-For Your Love, Renaissance)
  • Mar 23 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)
  • Mar 23 Peter Graves, supt minister (Westminster Central Hall)
  • Mar 23 Lee May, former Major League Baseball player
  • Mar 23 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish writer (d. 2001)
  • Mar 24 H Martin Lancaster, (Rep-D-NC)
  • Mar 24 Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Mar 24 Marika Kilius, German FR, ice skating pair (Olympic-silver-1960, 64)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Lednev, USSR, pentathelete (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Mar 25 Ronald Jeffers, composer
  • Mar 26 Robert "Bob" Woodward, Geneva Illinois, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)
  • Mar 27 Milton Robert Carr, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1975-81, 83-95), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Mar 27 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 28 Conchata Ferrell, Charleston WV, actress (Deadly Hero, Susan-LA Law)
  • Mar 28 Mike Newell, director (Bad Blood, Awakening, Amazing Grace & Chuck)
  • Mar 28 Richard Eyre, British director (National Theatre)
  • Mar 29 Eric Idle, England, comedian/actor (Monty Python)
  • Mar 29 John Major, Carshalton, Surrey, British Prime Minister (C, 1990-97)
  • Mar 29 Vangelis, [Papathanasiou], composer/keyboardist (Chariots of Fire)
  • Mar 30 Bob Blewett, cricketer (father of Greg South Aust batsman 1975-79)
  • Mar 30 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • Mar 30 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (d. 1998)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 31 Christopher Walken, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Brainstorm), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 29 Author John Steinbeck (41) weds Gwyndolyn Conger

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss bacteriologist (bacteria plague), dies at 79
  • Mar 3 George Thomson, cricketer (all-rounder-6 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies
  • Mar 4 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek foreign minister, dies at 71
  • Mar 4 Pieter C Boutens, Dutch poet (Beatrijs), dies at 73
  • Mar 9 Oskar Hêks, Czech marathon runner/antifascist, dies in Auschwitz
  • Mar 10 Tully Marshall, actor (Let's Go, Red Dust), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor (b. 1869)
  • Mar 13 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898)
  • Mar 19 Vicente Ripolles, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 19 Frank Nitti, American gangster (b. 1883)
  • Mar 23 Andre Lichtenberger, French Sudan writer (Le Petit Roi), dies at 72
  • Mar 23 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer, dies at 47
  • Mar 27 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1), killed in crash
  • Mar 28 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer/pianist, dies at 69
  • Mar 30 Jan Bytnar, Polish activist (b. 1921)
  • Mar 30 Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski, Polish activist (b. 1920)