March 1940 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
  • Mar 2 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 2 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
  • Mar 3 Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
  • Mar 6 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
  • Mar 12 Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • Mar 13 Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
  • Mar 14 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Mar 16 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 19 Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
  • Mar 19 French government of Daladier falls
  • Mar 20 Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
  • Mar 23 All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
  • Mar 23 The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC

  • Mar 28 Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.
  • Mar 31 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Robert Grossman, American illustrator
  • Mar 2 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Mar 3 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Mar 4 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • Mar 5 Mary Rose Oakar, (Rep)
  • Mar 7 Harald Gerlach, writer
  • Mar 7 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • Mar 7 Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5)
  • Mar 8 Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • Mar 10 David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)
  • Mar 15 Frank Dobson, British politician
  • Mar 15 Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • Mar 16 Bernardo Bertolucci, Parma Italy, director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor)
  • Mar 16 Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)
  • Mar 16 Jan P Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 16 Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • Mar 17 Mark White, American politician
  • Mar 20 Gianpiero Moretti, Milan, Italy, steering wheel designer (Momo), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 22 William Ritchie, vice-chancellor (Lancaster U)
  • Mar 24 Bob Mackie, Monterey Parks California, designer (Streisand, Cher)
  • Mar 26 Bill Ind, Bishop-designate (Truro)
  • Mar 26 Nancy Pelosi, (Rep-D-California)
  • Mar 26 Servaes [J S] Huys, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Mar 31 Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (b. 1878)
  • Mar 4 Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 5 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • Mar 10 Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 16 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Mar 19 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 27 Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)