What Happened in March 1955

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48
  • Mar 1 KFAR (now KATN) TV channel 2 in Fairbanks, AK (ABC/NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 1 Pakistan v India 5 Test Cricket series ends in a 0-0 draw
  • Mar 2 King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
  • Mar 2 William Inge's "Bus Stop" premieres in NYC

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Mar 3 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Mar 4 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
  • Mar 5 WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 5 2nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 87-77

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Mar 6 Dutch premiere of Samuel Becketts' "Waiting for Godot"

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Mar 6 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 7 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas & Loretta Young win
  • Mar 7 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter

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Mar 7 Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • Mar 13 Bir BSD Mahendra succeeds Tribhubana as king of Nepal
  • Mar 13 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 14 Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal
  • Mar 15 Dutch 2nd Chamber requires TV licenses
  • Mar 15 US Air Force unveils self-guided missile
  • Mar 15 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge

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Mar 16 President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Mar 17 After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Mar 18 I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
  • Mar 19 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats La Salle 77-63
  • Mar 20 KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 21 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus joining Greece
  • Mar 21 Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
  • Mar 24 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service
  • Mar 24 British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years

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Mar 24 Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • Mar 25 E Germany granted full sovereignty by occupying power, USSR

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Mar 25 United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene.

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Mar 26 "Ballad of Davy Crockett" becomes the #1 record in US
  • Mar 26 109th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Quare Times wins
  • Mar 27 9th Tony Awards: Desperate Hours & Pajama Game win

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 27 Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse)

  • Mar 27 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 28 NZ cricket all out for 26 v England at Eden Park

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 30 27th Academy Awards: "On the Waterfront", Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly win

  • Mar 31 Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI v Aust, Kingston
  • Mar 31 US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington closes Chase National (3rd largest bank) & Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) merge to form Chase Manhattan

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jimmy Fortune, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Mar 2 Dale Bosworth, TV host (America's Most Wanted)
  • Mar 2 Dale Bozzio, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 2 Jay Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)
  • Mar 2 Shoko Asahara, [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • Mar 2 Steve Small, cricketer (stalwart NSW opening batsman)
  • Mar 2 Ken Salazar, American politician
  • Mar 4 Benny Alexander, sec-gen (South African Pan-Africanist Movement)
  • Mar 4 Dominique Pinon, French actor
  • Mar 5 Marcia McCabe, American actress (Alice Grande - One Life to Live), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 5 Penn Jillette, Mass, magician (Penn & Teller-Penn & Teller are Dead)
  • Mar 7 Tommy Kramer, American football player
  • Mar 7 Anupam Kher, Bollywood Actor
  • Mar 8 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1981)
  • Mar 9 Fernando Bujones, ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 9 Ornella Muti, actress (Flash Gordon, Most Beautiful Wife), born in Rome, Italy
  • Mar 9 Teo Fabi, formula-1 Indy-car racer (rookie of year-1983)
  • Mar 10 Bunny DeBarge, rocker (Debarge), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Mar 10 Juliusz Machulski, Poland, director/writer/actor (Do It Yourself)
  • Mar 10 Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
  • Mar 10 Toshio Suzuki, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 11 [Kater]Nina Hagen, East Berlin German DR, actress (Blue Angel)
  • Mar 13 Glenne Headly, New London CT, actress (Dick Tracy, Making Mr Right)
  • Mar 13 Olga Rukavishnikova, USSR, pentathlete (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • Mar 13 Patricia J Engfer, general manager (Hyatt Regency-Orlando)
  • Mar 13 Bruno Conti, Italian footballer
  • Mar 14 Boon Gould, rock guitarist (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Mar 15 Dee Snider, Massapequa NY, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
  • Mar 15 Mohsin Khan, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman late 70s early 80s)
  • Mar 16 Isabelle Huppert, actress (Cactus, Heaven's Gate), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 16 Jiro Watanabe, Japanese boxer
  • Mar 16 Bruno Barreto, Brazilian film director
  • Mar 17 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally McCandless-Capitol)
  • Mar 17 Cynthia McKinney, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Mar 17 Gary Sinise, actor (Apollo 13, Forrest Gump)
  • Mar 17 Paul Overstreet, Van Cleave Miss, country singer (Daddy's Come Around)
  • Mar 18 Graham Porter, cricketer (1 day intl for Australia 1979)
  • Mar 18 Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, Mo.

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Mar 19 Bruce Willis, American actor (Moonlighting, Die Hard), born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

  • Mar 21 Barbel Wockel-Eckert, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-4 gold-1976, 80)
  • Mar 21 Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 22 Valdis Zatlers, 7th President of Latvia
  • Mar 22 Pete Sessions, American politician
  • Mar 23 Cindy Olavarri, Pleasant Hills California, cyclist (7-Eleven team)
  • Mar 23 Petrea Burchard, American actress
  • Mar 24 Doug Jarvis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 25 Daniel Boulud, French chef and restaurateur
  • Mar 25 Lee Mazzilli, American baseball player
  • Mar 26 Dean Dillon, Lake City TN, country singer (Chair)
  • Mar 26 Danny Arndt, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 27 Kim Brassey, racehorse trainer
  • Mar 27 Patrick McCabe, Clones County Monaghan, Irish novelist
  • Mar 28 Reba McEntire, McAlester Ok, country singer (Can't Even Get the Blues)
  • Mar 28 John Alderdice, Northern Irish politician
  • Mar 29 Christopher Lawford, actor (Charlie Brent-All My Children)
  • Mar 29 Dianne Kay, Phoenix Az, actress (Nancy-8 is Enough, Reggie, Glitter)
  • Mar 29 Earl Campbell, NFL running back (Houston, 1977 Heisman), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 29 Marina Sirtis, English actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in London, England
  • Mar 29 Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor
  • Mar 30 Randy Vanwarmer, vocalist (Just When I Needed You Most), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Mar 31 Angus Young, Glascow Scotland, rock guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)
  • Mar 31 Robert Vance, New Zealand cricketer

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 17 Erotic writer Anaïs Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania (b. 1888)
  • Mar 7 Tom Dugan, actor (Pick a Star), dies at 66
  • Mar 8 Clementine, Princess of Belg, wife of V Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Matthew A Henson, met Peary on 6/4/1909 at North Pole, dies at 88

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Mar 11 Alexander Fleming, English bacteriologist (penicillin), dies at 73

  • Mar 11 Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)
  • Mar 12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • Mar 12 Theodor Plievier, writer, dies
  • Mar 13 Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvana Bir Bikram Yung Bahadur Shum Shere, dies
  • Mar 13 Yung Deva, king of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
  • Mar 16 Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 16 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • Mar 21 Muriel Aked, dies at 67
  • Mar 22 Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
  • Mar 23 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (b. 1875)
  • Mar 29 Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81