March 1946 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 British government nationalises and takes control of the Bank of England, after 252 years
  • Mar 1 Panama accepts its new constitution
  • Mar 2 Dutch troops land on East Bali

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 2 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Mar 2 Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 3 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 3 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech (Fulton Missouri) popularizes the term and draws attention to division of Europe

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Mar 5 Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.
  • Mar 6 France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
  • Mar 7 Max Frisch' "Santa Cruz" premieres in Zurich
  • Mar 8 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use (NYC)
  • Mar 9 Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang
  • Mar 10 Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju Brazil
  • Mar 13 Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms Belgium government - shortest Belgium government (ends 31 March)

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Mar 15 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • Mar 19 French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique & Reunion become overseas "departments" of France
  • Mar 19 Nicolai Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as president of USSR
  • Mar 21 UN set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
  • Mar 22 1st US rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles up)
  • Mar 22 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
  • Mar 28 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
  • Mar 31 Belgian government of Spaak resigns - shortest ever Belgian government
  • Mar 31 Belgian government of Acker forms
  • Mar 31 The first election is held in Greece after World War II.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Lana Wood, [Svetlana Gurdin], Santa Rosa California, (Diamonds are Forever)
  • Mar 2 Brian J Donnelly, (Rep-D-MA, 1979- )
  • Mar 3 James C Adamson, Lt Col USA/astronaut (STS 28, STS 43), born in Warsaw, New York
  • Mar 3 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • Mar 4 Haile Gerima, director (Ashes & Embers)
  • Mar 4 Harvey Goldsmith, impresario
  • Mar 4 Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur/multi-millionaire (Hawley-ADT)
  • Mar 6 Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, Cameroon, astronaut (STS 18)
  • Mar 9 Gherman Semyonovich Arzamazov, Russian cosmonaut (backup TM-6)
  • Mar 10 Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • Mar 13 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier who died leading rescue operation Entebbe in Uganda (d. 1976)
  • Mar 15 Masaharu Satō, Japanese seiyū
  • Mar 18 Michael Reagan, talk show host, and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan
  • Mar 22 Rudy/Rudolf [von Bittner] Rucker, US, sci-fi author (Wetware)
  • Mar 24 Paul Williams, climber
  • Mar 25 Maurice Krafft, French vulcanologist (d. 1991)
  • Mar 25 Gerard John Schaefer, American serial killer (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Alain Madelin, French politician
  • Mar 28 Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru
  • Mar 28 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, born in Almelo Netherlands, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 29 Bruce Weber, director (Broken Noses)
  • Mar 29 Ronald Farrow, radio producer/priest

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 14 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries Mary Welsh

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (b. 1895)
  • Mar 2 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)
  • Mar 4 Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886)
  • Mar 8 Frederick Lanchester, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), dies at 77
  • Mar 12 Philip Merivale, dies at 59
  • Mar 13 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr, dies at 67
  • Mar 16 Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch Nazi propagandist, executed at 61
  • Mar 17 Dai Li, Chinese spymaster (b. 1897)
  • Mar 19 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Buah Rindu), dies at 35
  • Mar 22 Clemens A von Galen, bishop of Munster/anti fascist, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 Gilbert N. Lewis, American Chemist (atomic theory), dies at 70
  • Mar 24 Alexander A Alekhine, world chess champ (1927-35, 37-46), dies at 53
  • Mar 30 John S S P V Gort, viscount of Limerick/Hamsterley, dies at 59