What Happened in March 1952

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Egyptian government-Ali Maher Pasja resigns
  • Mar 1 Helgoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain
  • Mar 2 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 3 Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution
  • Mar 5 Terence Rattigan's "Deep Blue Sea" premieres in London
  • Mar 8 Antoine Pinay forms French government
  • Mar 9 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title

BattleCoup d'état

Mar 10 Military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Mar 15 "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 performances
  • Mar 15 Greatest 24-hr rainfall begins: 187 cm at La Reunion, Indian Ocean
  • Mar 16 1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Reunion (world record)
  • Mar 16 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 18 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 20 24th Academy Awards: "An American in Paris", Humphrey Bogart & Vivian Leigh win
  • Mar 20 Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate
  • Mar 21 "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 performances
  • Mar 21 -22] Tornadoes in Ark, Tenn, Mo, Miss, Ala & Ky cause 343 deaths
  • Mar 21 31 storms crosses 6 states killing 340 in South-Central US
  • Mar 21 Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
  • Mar 22 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Frankfurt, killing 44
  • Mar 23 Rangers with less than 14 minutes to go blow a 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks. Mosienko scores 3 times in 21 seconds
  • Mar 24 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
  • Mar 26 14th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats St Johns 80-63
  • Mar 26 F Durrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi" premieres in Munich

MurderAssassination Attempt

Mar 27 Failed assassination attempt of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
German Chancellor
Konrad Adenauer
  • Mar 27 Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
  • Mar 27 "Singin' in the Rain", a musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, is released
  • Mar 28 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 28 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 30 6th Tony Awards: Fourposter & King & I win
  • Mar 30 Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Alice Ritzman, Kalispell MT, LPGA golfer (1995 Rochester Intl-5th)
  • Mar 1 David Allen Barr, Kelowna BC, PGA golfer (Atlanta Golf Classic)
  • Mar 1 Steven Barnes, American writer
  • Mar 1 Leigh Matthews, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 1 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • Mar 2 Laraine Newman, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 2 Mark Evanier, American writer
  • Mar 3 Robyn Hitchcock, rocker (Moss Elixir)
  • Mar 3 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (d. 1998)
  • Mar 4 Ronn Moss, actor (Ridge-Bold & Beautiful, Santa Barbara), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Umberto Tozzi, Italian singer
  • Mar 5 Alan Clark, keyboardist (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
  • Mar 6 Lyn Perrin, executive administrator (WIC)
  • Mar 7 Ernie Isley, US vocalist/guitarist (It's Your Thing, Heat is On)
  • Mar 7 Lynn Swann, NFL receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)/sportscaster
  • Mar 7 Vivian Richards, West Indian master blaster
  • Mar 8 Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-14)
  • Mar 8 George Felix Allen, American politician
  • Mar 9 Iuliana Semenova, USSR, basketball (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Mar 9 William Kirby Cullen, Santa Ana California, actor (How the West Was Won)
  • Mar 10 Oupa J Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)
  • Mar 10 Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 11 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2001)

  • Mar 11 Susan Richardson, Coatesville Pa, actress (Susan-8 is Enough)
  • Mar 12 Eliézer Niyitegeka, Rwandan journalist, politician and genocidaire
  • Mar 12 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • Mar 13 Wolfgang Hihm, composer
  • Mar 14 J Fred Muggs, chimp (Today show)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 14 Martin Dempsey, American General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2011-), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Army General Martin Dempsey
Army General
Martin Dempsey
  • Mar 15 Howard Koh, American state government official
  • Mar 16 Philippe Kahn, French-American entrepreneur
  • Mar 17 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • Mar 18 Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • Mar 18 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), born in Newbridge, County Kildare (d. 2015)
  • Mar 19 Derek Longmuir, rock drummer (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 19 Warren Lees, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (late 70's)
  • Mar 19 Harvey Weinstein, American film producer (Miramax), born in New York City
  • Mar 20 Anand Armitraj, India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
  • Mar 20 Geoff Brabham, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 21 Chris O'Connell, rocker
  • Mar 22 Bob Costas, sportscaster/talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 22 Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer
  • Mar 23 Kim Stanley Robinson, American author
  • Mar 24 Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 25 Antanas Mockus, Colombian mathematician
  • Mar 26 David Amess, British politician (C), born in London
  • Mar 26 Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver (d. 1987)
  • Mar 27 Chick Vennera, Herkimer NY, actor (High Risk, Milagro Beanfield War)
  • Mar 27 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • Mar 27 Rocky Maffit, rocker (Champaign)
  • Mar 28 Tony Brise, racing driver (d. 1975)
  • Mar 29 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuba, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • Mar 31 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor (d. 1998)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 8 Future US President Ronald Reagan (41) marries Nancy Davis (30) at the Little Brown Church in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Mar 24 Author of 'James Bond' novels, journalist and secret intelligence agent Ian Fleming marries Anne Geraldine Charteris

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (b. 1873)
  • Mar 4 Charles Scott Sherrington, English scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • Mar 5 Vladimir Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 7 Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (b. 1893)
  • Mar 11 Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)
  • Mar 21 Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, executed
  • Mar 22 Uncle Dave Macon, American musician (b. 1870)
  • Mar 23 Klaas Schilder, Dutch vicar/theologist/antifascist, dies at 61
  • Mar 31 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (b. 1877)