What Happened in March 1947

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 International Monetary Fund begins operation
  • Mar 4 WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 6 XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc, CA
  • Mar 7 The Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War.
  • Mar 9 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 9 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 12 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances
  • Mar 12 Belgian government of Huysmans resigns

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Mar 12 US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Mar 13 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances
  • Mar 13 19th Academy Awards: "Best Years of Our Lives", De Havilland, March win
  • Mar 15 John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy
  • Mar 16 Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested
  • Mar 19 Belgian government of Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms

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Mar 19 Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conquers Jenan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Mar 20 180 tonne blue whale (record) caught in South Atlantic
  • Mar 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur
  • Mar 21 US President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
  • Mar 21 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch
  • Mar 22 President Harry Truman signs executive order calling for loyalty
  • Mar 24 Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency

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Mar 24 John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • Mar 25 9th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma 58-47
  • Mar 25 Agreement of Linggadjati ratified in Batavia
  • Mar 25 Coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill, claims 111
  • Mar 25 Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (v NZ, Christchurch)
  • Mar 29 "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances
  • Mar 29 101st Grand National: Eddie Dempsey aboard Caughoo wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Alan Thicke, Ontario, actor/host (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains)
  • Mar 2 Harry Redknapp, English football manager
  • Mar 3 Dave Mount, rocker (Mud), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2006)
  • Mar 3 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)
  • Mar 3 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • Mar 4 David Franzoni, American screenwriter
  • Mar 4 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • Mar 4 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Reykjavík (d. 2015)
  • Mar 4 Gwen Welles, American actress (d. 1993)
  • Mar 5 Eddie Hodges, Miss, actor/singer (High Hopes, Adv of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Mar 5 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer
  • Mar 5 Kent Tekulve, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Richard "Dick" Fosbury, Portland Oregon, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1968)
  • Mar 6 Judy Loe, Urmston Manchester UK, actress (Singles, Meaning of Life)
  • Mar 6 Kiki Dee, Yorkshire England, singer (Don't Go Breaking My Heart)
  • Mar 6 Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
  • Mar 6 Rob Reiner, actor/director (All in the Family, Stand By Me), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 7 Donna Loren, singer/actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 7 Lewis J Stadlen, American actor (John-Benson, Savages, Windy City), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 7 Richard Lawson, actor (Eddie-O'Neills)
  • Mar 7 Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician
  • Mar 7 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • Mar 7 Helen Eadie, Scottish politician
  • Mar 8 Mike Allsup, Modesto Ca, rock guitarist (Three Dog Night)
  • Mar 8 Carole Bayer Sager, American composer
  • Mar 8 Florentino Pérez, Spanish football executive
  • Mar 9 Keri Hulme, New Zealandic writer

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Mar 10 [Avril] Kim Campbell, Canada's 1st female Prime Minister and and 19th overall (1993), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

19th Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell
19th Prime Minister of Canada
Kim Campbell
  • Mar 10 Laurie Langenbach, Dutch author
  • Mar 10 Tom Scholz, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)
  • Mar 10 Paul Condon, Baron Condon, former Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police
  • Mar 10 Bob Greene, American journalist
  • Mar 11 Dominique Sanda, [Varaigne], actress (1900, First Love), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 11 Geoffrey Hunt, Australia, world-champion squash player
  • Mar 11 Mark Stein, singer/organist/keyboardist (Vanilla Fudge)
  • Mar 12 Jill O'Hara, Warren Penn, Broadway actress (Promises! Promises!)

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Mar 12 Mitt Romney, 70th Republican Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate, born in Detroit, Michigan

Politician Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
  • Mar 12 Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)
  • Mar 13 Lesley Collier, British ballet dancer
  • Mar 13 Tomas Hinojosa, jockey
  • Mar 13 Beat Richner, Swiss physician and cellist
  • Mar 14 Jan [AJ] te Veldhuis, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • Mar 14 Janis Schmitt, playmate (February, 1978), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 14 Jimmy O'Rourke, rocker
  • Mar 14 William Jefferson, (Rep-D-Louisiana)
  • Mar 14 Pam Ayres, British poet
  • Mar 15 David Colley, cricketer (NSW quickie, 3 Tests for Australia 1972)
  • Mar 15 Larisa Grigoriyevna Pozharskaya, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 15 Ry[land] Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Crossroads)
  • Mar 15 Stomu Yamash'ta, composer
  • Mar 15 Tomas Pettersson, Sweden, cyclist (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • Mar 15 Juraj Kukura, Slovak actor
  • Mar 16 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist
  • Mar 17 Ian Gomm, rock guitarist
  • Mar 17 James Morrow, American author
  • Mar 17 Jan Andersson, Swedish politician
  • Mar 17 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • Mar 18 Barry Wilson, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale)
  • Mar 18 David Lloyd, cricketer (England opener, 214 v India 1974)
  • Mar 18 Steven H Schiff, (Rep-R-New Mexico)
  • Mar 18 Patrick Chesnais, French actor
  • Mar 18 Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright
  • Mar 18 Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
  • Mar 18 Heather Ryan, American model and former Playmate of the Month
  • Mar 19 Earlie Fires, jockey (Hialeah Park)
  • Mar 19 Glenn Close, Greenwich Ct, actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction)
  • Mar 19 John Beckwith, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 19 Vince Martino, Schenectady NY, WLAF offensive asst (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Mar 19 Marinho Peres, Brazilian football player
  • Mar 20 Carl Palmer, drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
  • Mar 20 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist
  • Mar 22 Harry Vanda, [Vandenberg], Hague Neth, rock guitarist (Easybeats)
  • Mar 22 Patrick Olive, percussionist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • Mar 22 Priscilla Yates, director (Royal Academy of Dancing)

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Mar 22 James Patterson, American author (Alex Cross, Witch and Wizard), born in Newburgh, New York

  • Mar 23 Barbara Rhodes, Poughkeepsie NY, actress (Don't Just Stand There)

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Mar 24 Alan Sugar, English multi-millionaire/computer manufacturer (Amstrad), born in Hackney, London

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar
  • Mar 24 Mike Kellie, rock drummer (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • Mar 24 Paul McCandless, rocker (Torches on the Lake)
  • Mar 24 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • Mar 24 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • Mar 24 Meiko Kaji, Japanese singer and actress
  • Mar 25 Claudine Schneider, (Rep-R-RI, 1981- )

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Mar 25 Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], English singer (Rocketman), born in Pinner, Middlesex

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • Mar 26 Carmen Krolis, Suriname/Neth singer
  • Mar 26 Dar Robinson, American stuntman (d. 1986)
  • Mar 27 Daphne Todd, president (Royal Society of Portrait Painters)
  • Mar 27 Dough Wilkerson, football
  • Mar 27 Tom Sullivan, blind actor (If You Could See What I Hear), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 27 Walt Mossberg, the highest-paid journalist at the Wall Street Journal
  • Mar 28 Bruce Gilbert, producer (China Syndrome, 9 to 5, On Golden Pond)
  • Mar 28 John Landecker, American disk jockey
  • Mar 29 Aleksandr Stepenovich Viktorenko, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3, 8, 14, 20)
  • Mar 29 Bobby Kimball, [Robert Toteaux], Vinton LA, rocker (Toto-Roseann)
  • Mar 29 Peter Hinchcliffe, co-founder (Iceland Frozen Foods)
  • Mar 30 Ryszard Kotla, Polish travel writer and activist, tour guide, journalist, academic teacher, engineer
  • Mar 31 Al Goodman, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)
  • Mar 31 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo, president (Colombia, 1990-94)
  • Mar 31 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 1 Rocket engineer Werner von Braun (34) weds Maria Luise von Quistorp in Landshut, Germany

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 J Boogaard, nazi collaborator, executed
  • Mar 5 Alfredo Casella, Italian composer/conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Ludwig Weber, composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 9 Stanley Jackson, cricketer (20 Tests for England 1893-1905), dies
  • Mar 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • Mar 11 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, composer, dies at 45
  • Mar 12 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • Mar 18 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Willem F J Pijper, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 52
  • Mar 20 Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (b. 1884)
  • Mar 23 Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
  • Mar 27 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • Mar 28 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)