What Happened in March 1948

Historical Events

  • Mar 5 US rocket flies record 4800 kph to 126km height
  • Mar 7 The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending the Italian rule.
  • Mar 8 US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
  • Mar 9 Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
  • Mar 10 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB Ca
  • Mar 10 5th Golden Globes: Gentleman's Agreement, Ronald Colman, & Rosalind Russell win
  • Mar 11 Jewish Agency of Jerusalem bombed
  • Mar 11 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 12 -5°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
  • Mar 13 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
  • Mar 14 Freedom Train arrives in SF

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Mar 15 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Mar 15 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
  • Mar 15 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Mar 16 Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Mar 18 France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • Mar 18 Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting

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Mar 18 Soviet consultants have left Yugoslavia in first sign of Tito-Stalin split.

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Mar 19 Lee Savold KOs Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 20 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
  • Mar 20 20th Academy Awards: "Gentleman's Agreement", L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC
  • Mar 20 102nd Grand National: Arthur Thompson aboard Sheila's Cottage wins
  • Mar 21 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • Mar 23 John Cunningham sets world altitude record (54,492' (18,133 m))
  • Mar 27 The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened.
  • Mar 27 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall
  • Mar 28 2nd Tony Awards: Mister Roberts win
  • Mar 29 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
  • Mar 29 Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game
  • Mar 31 Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Burning Spear, [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • Mar 1 Norman Connors, singer (You Are My Starship)
  • Mar 2 Larry Carlton, rock composer (Against All Odds, Who's the Boss)
  • Mar 2 Rory Gallagher, Donegal, Irish rock guitarist and songwriter (See Here)
  • Mar 2 Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • Mar 3 Byron MacGregor, newscaster
  • Mar 3 Reed Hundt, FCC chairman
  • Mar 4 Chris Squire, rock bassist (Yes-Fish Out of Water), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Mar 4 Shakin' Stevens, [Mike Barrett], Wales, rocker (You Drive Me Crazy)
  • Mar 4 Lindy Chamberlain, Australian author
  • Mar 4 James Ellroy, American writer
  • Mar 4 Tom Grieve, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Leron Lee, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
  • Mar 5 Eddy Grant, Guyana, reggae performer (Electric Avenue)
  • Mar 5 Jacques Kloes, singer (Dizzy Man's Band)
  • Mar 5 Richard Hickox, English musical conductor
  • Mar 5 Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
  • Mar 5 Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1984)
  • Mar 6 James FCS "Jim" Woude, cartoonist
  • Mar 8 Little Peggy March, [Margaret Battavio], vocalist (I Will Follow Him)
  • Mar 9 Jamie Lyn Bauer, Phoenix Az, actress (Young & Restless, Centerfold Girls)
  • Mar 9 Jeffrey Osborne, Providence RI, rock vocalist (On the Wings of Love)
  • Mar 9 Jimmy Fadden, singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 9 Emma Bonino, Italian politician
  • Mar 10 Austin Carr, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Mar 10 Ed Grundy, American rocker (Bloodrock)
  • Mar 11 George Kooymans, Dutch guitarist/singer (Golden Earring)
  • Mar 11 Roy Barnes, 80th Governor of Georgia
  • Mar 11 César Gerónimo, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 12 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • Mar 12 James Taylor, vocalist/guitarist (Up on the Roof), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 12 Kent Conrad, (Sen-D North Dakota)
  • Mar 12 Les Holroyd, Oldham England, rocker (Barclay James Harvest)
  • Mar 12 Virginia Bottomley, British minister of health and heritage
  • Mar 13 Robert S. Woods, American actor
  • Mar 14 Billy Crystal, Long Beach, New York, American actor, writer, producer (Soap, City Slickers)
  • Mar 14 Tom Coburn, American politician, junior senator from Oklahoma
  • Mar 15 Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (d. 2003)
  • Mar 15 Kate Bornstein, American author
  • Mar 16 Margaret [Edith] Weis, US, sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • Mar 16 Michael Bruce, rocker/actor (Rudy-Rainbow Drive)
  • Mar 17 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 17 Pat Lloyd, rocker (The Equals), born in London
  • Mar 17 Robert Braunwart, who added thousands of dates to this database
  • Mar 17 William [Ford] Gibson, Canada, sci-fi author (Neuromancer, Count Zero)
  • Mar 17 Alexander Nelson Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, British-born investment banker
  • Mar 17 Alex MacDonald, Scottish Footballer and football manager
  • Mar 18 Eknath Solkar, cricketer (India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder)
  • Mar 18 Lockwood Phillips, American radio host
  • Mar 18 Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 19 Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70's & 80's)

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Mar 20 Bobby Orr, Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Mar 20 John de Lancie, actor (Q-Star Trek Next Gen, Days of our Lives)
  • Mar 20 Pamela Sargent, US, sci-fi author (Venus of Dreams, Cloned Lives)

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Mar 22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer (Phantom of the Opera, Cats), born in London, England

  • Mar 22 Randy Hobbs, rocker (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys)
  • Mar 22 Wolf Blitzer, American television journalist
  • Mar 23 Michael Gleeson, otolaryngologist
  • Mar 23 R J Bennett, FBA/geographer
  • Mar 23 Wasim Bari, cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful)
  • Mar 23 David Olney, American musician
  • Mar 25 Kelly Garrett, actress/singer (Holdin)
  • Mar 25 Michael Stanley, rocker (Michael Stanley Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 25 Richard Lundy, horse trainer
  • Mar 25 Lynn Faulds Wood, Scottish television presenter
  • Mar 26 Kyung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, violinist (Chung Sisters)
  • Mar 26 Richard Tandy, rock bassist (ELO)
  • Mar 26 Steven Tyler, rock vocalist (Aerosmith-Janie Got a Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 28 Dianne Wiest, actress (Hannah & Her Sisters, Footloose), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mar 28 John Evans, (Aka Evan) rock drummer (Jethro Tull)
  • Mar 28 Gerry House, American radio personality
  • Mar 28 Matthew Corbett, English retired actor
  • Mar 29 Bud Cort, New Rochelle NY, actor/director (Electric Dreams, M*A*S*H)
  • Mar 30 Dave Ball, rocker (Procul Harum)
  • Mar 30 Jim Dandy Mangrum, vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas-Jim Dandy)
  • Mar 30 Justin Deas, actor (As The World Turns, Santa Barbara), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 30 M A King, FBA, economist
  • Mar 30 Nigel Jones, British MP

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Mar 31 Al Gore, American Vice President (1993-2001) and Democratic Senator (Tenn, 1985-92), born in Washington, D.C.

US Vice President Al Gore
US Vice President
Al Gore
  • Mar 31 David Eisenhower, author and grandson of President Eisenhower (married Julie Nixon), born in West Point, New York
  • Mar 31 Rhea Perlman, actress (Zena-Taxi, Carla-Cheers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 31 Thijs van Leer, Dutch singer/flutist (Focus, Introspection)
  • Mar 31 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 5 Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, writer, dies at 51
  • Mar 4 Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • Mar 5 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 6 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 10 Jan Masaryk, Czech Foreign minister, commits suicide or is murdered
  • Mar 10 Zelda Fitzgerald, American artist, wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1900)
  • Mar 24 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (b. 1885)
  • Mar 25 Warren Hymer, actor (Show Them No Mercy), dies at 42
  • Mar 26 Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • Mar 27 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 29 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (b. 1881)
  • Mar 31 Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62