What Happened in March 1902

Historical Events

  • Mar 4 American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
  • Mar 6 Permanent US Census office created by legislation passed by Congress
  • Mar 7 Boers beat British troops at Tweebosch, Transvaal
  • Mar 8 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society
  • Mar 10 Earthquake destroys Turkish city of Tochangri

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 A United States court of appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Mar 18 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht" premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Mar 18 Turkey grants Germany syndicate the first concession to construct a railroad through Turkish territory to Baghdad, to be linked to Berlin
  • Mar 20 France and Russia issue a joint declaration that approves the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, but stipulates that they have the right to protect interests in China and Korea
  • Mar 21 64th Grand National: David Read aboard 20/1 chance Shannon Lass wins by 3 lengths from Matthew
  • Mar 25 Irving W Colburn patents sheet glass drawing machine
  • Mar 25 In Russia, 567 students are tried for rioting and 'political disaffection' are found guilty; 95 are banished to Siberia
  • Mar 28 27.9 cm precipitation at McMinnville, Tennessee (state record)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Edward Uhler Condon, atomic scientist (Manhattan Project)
  • Mar 2 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)
  • Mar 7 Heinz Rühmann, German actor and director (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick), born in Essen, Germany (d. 1994)
  • Mar 8 Jennings Randolph, American politician, Senator from West Virginia (1958-85), born in Salem, West Virginia (d. 1998)
  • Mar 8 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • Mar 9 Edward Durell Stone, American architect (US Embassy, New Delhi), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • Mar 9 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), born in Frankfort, Indiana (d. 1978)
  • Mar 11 Josef Martin Bauer, writer
  • Mar 16 Lucie Rie, Austrian-born British potter, born in Vienna (d. 1995)

Person of interestBobby Jones

Mar 17 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Mar 20 Kathryn Forbes, short story writer (mama's bank account)
  • Mar 21 Carl Jaffe, German actor (1st Man in Space, Escapement), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1974)
  • Mar 21 Eddie James "Son" House, folk blues musician (Delta Blues)
  • Mar 21 William Downie Forrest, journalist
  • Mar 22 Ellin Berlin, [MacKay], Mrs Irving Berlin, writer (Lace Curtain)
  • Mar 23 Philip Ober, American actor (Gen Stone-I Dream of Jeannie), born in Fort Payne, Alabama (d. 1982)

Person of interestThomas E. Dewey

Mar 24 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1971)

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Mar 25 Sten Broman, Swedish composer and actor, born in Uppsala, Uppsala län (d. 1983)
  • Mar 26 Leslie Melville, economist
  • Mar 27 Mary Armour, Scottish painter, born in Blantyre (d. 2000)
  • Mar 27 Charles Bryant Lang Jr., American cinematographer, born in Bluff, Utah (d. 1998)
  • Mar 28 Flora Robson, British actress (Dominique is Dead), born in South Shields, England (d. 1984)
  • Mar 28 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, born in Sosnowitz, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • Mar 28 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (Beer Barrel Polka), born in Zbraslav, Czech Republic (d. 1988)
  • Mar 29 Onslow Stevens, American actor (This is the Life), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
  • Mar 29 William Walton, English composer (Troilus & Cressida, Wise Virgins), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 1983)
  • Mar 29 Marcel Aymé, French novelist and playwright, born in Joigny, France (d. 1967)
  • Mar 30 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 30 Ted Heath, British musician and band leader (d. 1969)

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 9 Composer Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Isaac D France van de Putte, Dutch premier (1866), dies at 79
  • Mar 12 John Peter Altgeld, German/US governor of Illinois, dies at 54
  • Mar 14 Daniel H. Reynolds, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69
  • Mar 17 George William Warren, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestCecil Rhodes

Mar 26 Cecil Rhodes, British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), dies of heart failure at 48

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes