What Happened in March 1901

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Hawaii's first telegraph company opens
  • Mar 2 United States Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops
  • Mar 3 US Congress creates National Bureau of Standards, in Department of Commerce
  • Mar 4 1st advanced copy of inaugural speech (Jefferson-National Intelligencer)
  • Mar 4 Term of George H. White, last of post-Reconstruction US congressmen, ends

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 William McKinley inaugurated for 2nd term as US president; Theodore Roosevelt serves as Vice President

Historic Event

Mar 6 In Bremen an assassin attempts to kill Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

  • Mar 11 Cincinnati Enquirer reports Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black 2nd baseman Charlie Grant
  • Mar 12 Ground is broken for Boston's 1st AL ballpark (Huntington Ave Grounds)
  • Mar 13 Amidst increasing anti-gambling sentiment, wagering on horse racing is banned in San Francisco, CA; Ingleside Race Track closes March 15

Music Premiere

Mar 14 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony in A, Gustav Mahler leading the Vienna Philharmonic in Graz, Austria

  • Mar 14 Germany's Chancellor von Bulow declares that the agreement Germany signed with Great Britain in October 1900, to restrain foreign aggression and maintain open trade, does not apply to Manchuria

Historic Event

Mar 17 At a show in Paris, 71 Vincent van Gogh's paintings cause a sensation, 11 years after his death

  • Mar 17 Free thinking-Democratic Union forms in Netherlands

Music History

Mar 23 Australian opera star Dame Nellie Melba reveals secret of her now famous toast

  • Mar 25 55 die as Rock Island train derailed near Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Mar 29 63rd Grand National: Jockey Arthur Nightingall wins his 3rd GN aboard 9/1 shot Grudon in a howling snowstorm
  • Mar 29 Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia's first parliamentary election

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber-merchant
  • Mar 3 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1993)
  • Mar 4 Charles H. Goren 'Mr Bridge', American bridge master (26 US Titles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Mar 4 Jean Joseph Rabearivelo, Malagasy-French poet (d. 1937)
  • Mar 5 Julian Przybos, Polish poet (Sruby)
  • Mar 6 Mark Donskoy, Soviet-Ukrainian film director (Rainbow, A Mother's Heart) and screenwriter, born in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1981)
  • Mar 13 Paul Fix, American actor (Rifleman), born in Dobbs Ferry, New York (d. 1983)
  • Mar 15 Theo Uden Masman, Dutch big band orchestra leader (The Ramblers), born in Cirebon, Dutch East Indies (d. 1965)
  • Mar 16 Edward Pawley, American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • Mar 16 Potti Sreeramulu, Indian revolutionary known as the Father of Andhra for conducting a 56 day hunger strike in support of a separate Telugu-speaking state, born in Nellore District, Madras, British India (d. 1952)

Eisaku Satō

Mar 17 Eisaku Satō, Prime Minister of Japan (1963-72) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1974), born in Tabuse, Yamaguchi, Japan (d. 1975)

  • Mar 17 Piotr Perkowski, Polish composer, born in Oweczacze (now Druzhne), Ukraine (d. 1990)
  • Mar 18 William H. Johnson, African-American artist of the Harlem Renaissance (d. 1970)
  • Mar 19 Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, Dutch Min of Justice (Nobel 1954)
  • Mar 19 Jo Mielziner, set designer (Carousel, Death of a Salesman), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 21 Carmelita Geraghty, American actress (My Best Girl, Texas Ranger), born in Rushville, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • Mar 21 Karl Arnold, German politician (d. 1958)
  • Mar 21 Richard Leslie Hill, historian
  • Mar 22 Greta Kempton, Austrian born American artist (White House artist under Truman), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1991)
  • Mar 23 Jan H de Groot, Dutch resistance fighter/co-founder (Free Netherlands)
  • Mar 24 Ub Iwerks, American cartoonist (d. 1971)
  • Mar 25 Camilla Wedgwood, English anthropologist (Malekula: A Vanishing People in the New Hebrides), born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England (d. 1955)
  • Mar 25 Ed Begley, American actor (12 Angry Men, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • Mar 27 Albert Henneberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • Mar 27 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (creator of Scrooge McDuck), born in Merrill, Oregon (d. 2000)
  • Mar 27 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (1952-63), born in Madgeburg, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Mar 27 Satō Eisaku, Japanese Prime Minister (1964-72), (Nobel 1974), born in Tabuse, Japan (d. 1975)
  • Mar 29 Andrija Maurovic, Croatian illustrator (The Tomb in the Rainforest), born in Muo, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • Mar 29 Uuno Kailas, Finnish poet, born in Heinola, Finland (d. 1933)
  • Mar 30 Haj Ali Razmara, 33rd Prime Minister of Iran (1950-51), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1951)
  • Mar 31 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), born in Edgewater, Alabama (d. 1966)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 8 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German politician, dies at 64
  • Mar 8 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (High Mass), dies at 66
  • Mar 10 Vasily Georgiyevich Wrangell, Russian composer, dies at 38

Benjamin Harrison

Mar 13 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (Republican: 1889-93), dies in Indianapolis at 67

  • Mar 17 Franz Melde, German physicist (Melde Test), dies at 69
  • Mar 31 John Stainer, English composer (The Crucifixion), dies at 60