What Happened in March 1946

Historical Events

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2nd Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam

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

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

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

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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Famous Deaths

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