What Happened in March 1946

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 British government nationalises and takes control of the Bank of England, after 252 years
  • Mar 1 Panama accepts its new constitution
  • Mar 2 Dutch troops land on East Bali

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 2 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Mar 2 Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 3 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 3 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech (Fulton Missouri) popularizes the term and draws attention to division of Europe

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Mar 5 Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.
  • Mar 6 France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
  • Mar 7 "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 performances
  • Mar 7 Max Frisch' "Santa Cruz" premieres in Zurich
  • Mar 7 18th Academy Awards: "The Lost Weekend" Ray Milland & Joan Crawford win
  • Mar 8 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use (NYC)
  • Mar 9 Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 10 Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju Brazil
  • Mar 13 Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms Belgium government - shortest Belgium government (ends 31 March)

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Mar 15 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • Mar 16 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Mar 19 French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique & Reunion become overseas "departments" of France
  • Mar 19 Nicolai Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as president of USSR
  • Mar 21 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
  • Mar 21 UN set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
  • Mar 22 1st US rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles up)
  • Mar 22 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
  • Mar 23 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NC 43-40

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto"

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • Mar 28 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
  • Mar 29 1st Test Cricket between Australia & NZ
  • Mar 29 Test Cricket debuts of Lindwall, Miller & Tallon
  • Mar 30 "St Louis Woman" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Mar 30 Australia beats NZ in cricket at 3 30pm on 2nd day
  • Mar 30 Last Test Cricket appearance of Bill O'Reilly (5-14 & 3-19)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 30 3rd Golden Globes: The Lost Weekend, Ray Milland, & Ingrid Bergman win

  • Mar 31 Belgian government of Spaak resigns - shortest ever Belgian government
  • Mar 31 Belgian government of Acker forms
  • Mar 31 The first election is held in Greece after World War II.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Lana Wood, [Svetlana Gurdin], Santa Rosa California, (Diamonds are Forever)
  • Mar 1 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Blackburn (d. 2001)
  • Mar 1 Gerry Boulet, French-Canadian singer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 2 Brian J Donnelly, (Rep-D-MA, 1979- )
  • Mar 3 James C Adamson, Lt Col USA/astronaut (STS 28, STS 43), born in Warsaw, New York
  • Mar 3 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • Mar 4 Haile Gerima, director (Ashes & Embers)
  • Mar 4 Harvey Goldsmith, impresario
  • Mar 4 Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur/multi-millionaire (Hawley-ADT)
  • Mar 4 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • Mar 4 Robert Raymond, rocker
  • Mar 5 Michael Warren, Indiana, actor (Bobby Hill-Hill Street Blues)
  • Mar 5 Murray Head, British singer (One Night in Bangkok), born in London
  • Mar 5 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 6 David Jon Gilmour, Grantchester Cambridgeshire, English rock guitarist (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)
  • Mar 6 Martin Kove, American actor (Victor-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 6 Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, Cameroon, astronaut (STS 18)
  • Mar 6 Tony Klatka, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • Mar 7 Matthew Fisher, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum), born in London, England
  • Mar 7 Peter Wolf, rock singer (J Giels Band-Centerfold, Freeze Frame)
  • Mar 8 Mohammad Nazir, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (14 Tests 1969-83)
  • Mar 8 Randy Meisner, rock bassist/vocalist (Poco, Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • Mar 9 Gherman Semyonovich Arzamazov, Russian cosmonaut (backup TM-6)
  • Mar 9 Jim Cregan, British rock musician
  • Mar 10 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Reconstruction, Honey Dripper)
  • Mar 10 Hiroshi Fushida, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 10 Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • Mar 11 Brigitte Fossey, Tourcoing France, actress (Man Who Died Twice)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 12 Liza Minnelli, American singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Mar 12 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Mar 12 Peter Whalley, British television writer and author
  • Mar 13 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier who died leading rescue operation Entebbe in Uganda (d. 1976)
  • Mar 14 Jasper Carrott, English comedian (Jane & the Lost City, Detectives)
  • Mar 14 Steve Kanaly, actor (Fleshburn, Ray Krebbs-Dallas), born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 14 Wes Unseld, NBA all-star (Baltimore Bullets, MVP 1969)
  • Mar 15 Bobby Bond, baseball player (Giants, Yankees, etc)
  • Mar 15 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • Mar 15 Howard Scott, San Pedro Cal, rock guitarist/vocalist (War, Cisco Kid)
  • Mar 15 Masaharu Satō, Japanese seiyū
  • Mar 16 Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
  • Mar 17 Harold Brown, rock drummer (War-Summer, Galaxy), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 17 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • Mar 18 Michael Reagan, talk show host, and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan
  • Mar 18 Martyn Griffiths, British racing driver
  • Mar 18 Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • Mar 19 Bigas Luna, director/writer (Anguish)
  • Mar 19 Mohammad Ilyas, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in ten Tests 1964-69)
  • Mar 19 Paul Atkinson, rock guitarist (Zombies-Never Even Thought)
  • Mar 19 Ruth Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I'm So Exicted)
  • Mar 20 Ranger Doug, [Douglas Green], Ill, singer (Riders in Sky-Cowboy Way)
  • Mar 21 Ray Dorset, rocker (Cold Blue Excursion)
  • Mar 21 Timothy Dalton, North Wales, actor (James Bond films)
  • Mar 22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • Mar 22 Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
  • Mar 22 Rudy/Rudolf [von Bittner] Rucker, US, sci-fi author (Wetware)
  • Mar 22 Serge, [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer/guitarist (Saskia & Serge)
  • Mar 24 Lee Oskar, Denmark, rock harmonicist (War-Why Can't We Be Friends)
  • Mar 24 Paul Williams, climber
  • Mar 24 Klaus Dinger, German musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk)
  • Mar 25 Bonnie Bedelia [Culkin], American actress (Die Hard, Heart Like a Wheel), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 25 Cliff Balsam, English footballer
  • Mar 25 Maurice Krafft, French vulcanologist (d. 1991)
  • Mar 25 Gerard John Schaefer, American serial killer (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Johnny Crawford, actor (Mark-The Rifleman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 26 Alain Madelin, French politician
  • Mar 27 Bill Sudakis, baseball player
  • Mar 27 Carl Weintraub, actor (Harry-Executive Suite)
  • Mar 27 Jerry Lacy, actor (Rev Trask-Dark Shadows)
  • Mar 27 Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers)
  • Mar 28 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • Mar 28 Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru
  • Mar 28 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, born in Almelo Netherlands, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 29 Bruce Weber, director (Broken Noses)
  • Mar 29 Ronald Farrow, radio producer/priest
  • Mar 29 Billy Thorpe, Australian singer (d. 2007)
  • Mar 31 Aftab Gul, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman in six Tests 1969-71)
  • Mar 31 Al Nichol, Winston Salem NC, rock guitarist/vocalist (Turtles)
  • Mar 31 Gabe Kaplan, American comedian/actor (Welcome Back Kotter), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 31 Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 14 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries Mary Welsh

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Actress Doris Day (21) weds saxophonist George Weidler

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (b. 1895)
  • Mar 2 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)
  • Mar 4 Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886)
  • Mar 8 Frederick Lanchester, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), dies at 77
  • Mar 12 Philip Merivale, dies at 59
  • Mar 13 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 13 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr, dies at 67
  • Mar 16 Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch Nazi propagandist, executed at 61
  • Mar 17 Dai Li, Chinese spymaster (b. 1897)
  • Mar 19 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Buah Rindu), dies at 35
  • Mar 22 Clemens A von Galen, bishop of Munster/anti fascist, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 Alexandru Zirra, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 23 Gilbert N. Lewis, American Chemist (atomic theory), dies at 70
  • Mar 24 Alexander A Alekhine, world chess champ (1927-35, 37-46), dies at 53
  • Mar 24 Gustaf Heintze, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 28 Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)
  • Mar 30 John S S P V Gort, viscount of Limerick/Hamsterley, dies at 59