March 1939 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.
  • Mar 2 Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII
  • Mar 2 Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late

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Mar 3 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mar 7 Glamour magazine begins publishing
  • Mar 7 Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record "Auld Lang Syne"
  • Mar 8 Lenore Coffee & William Joyce Cowan's "Family Portrait" premieres
  • Mar 10 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad, India
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XII crowned in Vatican ceremonies
  • Mar 14 England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day
  • Mar 14 Nazi Germany dissolves Republic of Czechoslovakia

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Mar 15 Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independent

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 16 Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 16 Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
  • Mar 17 Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.
  • Mar 20 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania
  • Mar 21 Nazi Germany demands the return of Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland
  • Mar 22 Lithuania forced to give Memel territory to Germany
  • Mar 25 Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart
  • Mar 28 Dutch hunter shoots down British bombers
  • Mar 28 Philip Barry's "Philadelphia Story" premieres in NYC

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Mar 28 Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Mar 30 The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets the world airspeed record of 463 mph.
  • Mar 30 First flight of the Australian C.A.C. CA-16 Wirraway.
  • Mar 31 Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 3 Hans Pieter Verhagen, Dutch poet (Hoepla/Holland's Hole)
  • Mar 4 James Aubrey Turner, scientist
  • Mar 5 Charles Fuller, US writer (Zooman, Soldier Story)
  • Mar 5 Terry Curry, English multi-millionaire
  • Mar 5 Peter Woodcock, Canadian serial killer
  • Mar 6 Christopher Bond, (Sen-R Missouri)
  • Mar 6 Infanta Margarita of Spain, duchess of Soria
  • Mar 8 George William Reed, astronomy writer/cartoonist (Dark Sky Legacy)
  • Mar 8 Mike Lowry, (Rep-D-WA, 1979- )
  • Mar 11 Lorraine Hunt, former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • Mar 12 David Mlinaric, British interior director
  • Mar 14 William Benjamin Lenoir, astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Mar 15 Jack Whyte, Scottish-Canadian author
  • Mar 16 Carlos Bilardo, Argetinian football coach
  • Mar 17 Jim Gary, American sculptor (d. 2006)

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Mar 20 Brian Mulroney, 18th Prime Minister of Canada (1984-93), born in Baie-Comeau, Quebec

18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada
Brian Mulroney
  • Mar 20 Earl of Seafield, [Ginger], English large landowner
  • Mar 25 Toni Cade Bambara, director
  • Mar 26 Colin Webb, general manager (Press Association)
  • Mar 26 Stuart Sutherland, Professor Emeritus (Sussex U)
  • Mar 27 Jay C Kim, (Rep-R-California)
  • Mar 27 Lord Lyell [Charles Lyell], British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • Mar 27 Ruth Ashton, general secretary (Royal College of Midwives)
  • Mar 29 Roland Arnall, American businessman and diplomat (d. 2008).
  • Mar 31 Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first President of Georgia (d. 1993)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Deaths in History


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Mar 2 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • Mar 6 [Carl L] Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician, dies at 86
  • Mar 7 John Jules Barrish, Irish writer (b. 1885)
  • Mar 18 Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader (b. 1859)
  • Mar 19 Lloyd L. Gaines, American civil rights activist
  • Mar 27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)