March 1949 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Indonesia seizes Yogyakarta from the Dutch.
  • Mar 2 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
  • Mar 2 Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Tx, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Mar 4 Piet Van de Pol (Neth) becomes world champion billiard player
  • Mar 4 Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel
  • Mar 5 The Jharkhand Party is founded in India.
  • Mar 8 WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • Mar 9 Brigadier Gen Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 9 England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes
  • Mar 13 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 13 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 18 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
  • Mar 19 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tn
  • Mar 23 Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 24 Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win
  • Mar 24 SS police chief in the Netherlands Hanns Albin Rauter's request for a pardon denied, executed by firing squad
  • Mar 29 Turkey recognizes Israel
  • Mar 30 Riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO.
  • Mar 31 Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu
  • Mar 3 Bonnie J Dunbar, Sunnyside Wash, PhD/astro (STS 61-A, 32, 50, 71, 89)
  • Mar 3 James S Voss, Cordova Alabama, Major USA/astronaut (STS 44, 53, 69)
  • Mar 3 Jüri Allik, Estonian psychologist
  • Mar 5 Franz Josef Jung, Commander-in-chief of the German Bundeswehr
  • Mar 7 Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician
  • Mar 12 David Mellor, secretary of the British treasury/MP
  • Mar 14 Michael Stedman, British World War I Historian and Author
  • Mar 16 Bertha Knox Gilkey, welfare & tenament rights for urban women
  • Mar 18 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2X world-champ)
  • Mar 18 Starr Danias, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 21 Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher and cultural critic, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Mar 22 D Watson, director (Brighton U)
  • Mar 23 Karen English, (Rep-D-Arizona)
  • Mar 23 Roland Lee, American Watercolor Artist
  • Mar 26 Baroness Hayman [Hélène Hayman], Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords
  • Mar 26 Patrick Süskind, German writer
  • Mar 27 Patrick Deuchar, CEO (Albert Hall)
  • Mar 29 Keith Simpson, British politician
  • Mar 30 Liza Frulla, Quebec politician

Deaths in History

  • Mar 7 Francis Dodd, English artist (b. 1874)
  • Mar 13 Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
  • Mar 14 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (b. 1873)
  • Mar 17 Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • Mar 25 Hanns A Rauter, German SS-commandant in Netherland, executed at 54
  • Mar 30 Friedrich Bergius, German chemist (benzine from brown coal, Nobel 1931), dies at 64