On This Day

What Happened in March 1904

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 2 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers and Ottawa HC tie, 5-5; Montreal disqualified for refusing to play second game in Ottawa
  • Mar 3 England cricket all-rounder Bernard Bosanquet takes 6 for 51 as tourists dismiss Australia for 171 in the 4th Test in Sydney to regain the Ashes; take an unassailable, 3-1 series lead

Historic Event

Mar 3 Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison's cylinder

Historic Invention

Mar 5 Nikola Tesla describes the process of the ball lightning formation in Electrical World and Engineer

  • Mar 6 The Japanese fleet bombards Vladivostok, the major Russian port on the Pacific
  • Mar 8 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Bernard Bosanquet, Plum Warner and Dick Lilley for his second Test hat-trick in 5th Test victory in Melbourne; Trumble's final Test
  • Mar 9 Brandon's Lester Patrick becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal
  • Mar 11 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games
  • Mar 12 1st main line electric train in UK (Liverpool to Southport)

Historic Event

Mar 12 Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund

  • Mar 13 Bronze statue of Christ on Argentine-Chilean border dedicated
  • Mar 14 In a landmark case, Northern Securities Company v United States, the US Supreme Court finds the company has violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act; first case in T. Roosevelt's 'trust-busting' campaign

Music Premiere

Mar 18 First performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"

  • Mar 22 "Bailundo Revolt" ends after almost 2-years in Portuguese victory over Ovimbundu kingdom & allies
  • Mar 25 66th Grand National: Arthur Birch wins aboard 25/1 New Zealand bred Moifaa; horse survives shipwreck off Ireland a year earlier
  • Mar 28 Japanese troops advance in Korea, defeat the Russians at Chengiu, and capture the town

Famous Birthdays

Glenn Miller

Mar 1 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra - "In The Mood"; "Moonlight Srenade"; "String Of Pearls"), born in Clarinda, Iowa (d. 1944)

  • Mar 1 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)

Dr. Seuss

Mar 2 Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], American children's author (The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

  • Mar 4 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born American nuclear physicist and writer (Big Bang Theory, DNA), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1968)
  • Mar 4 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß; A Star Fell from Heaven), born in Storozhynets, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • Mar 4 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, born in James Mill, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • Mar 5 Karl Rahner, German theologian (d. 1984)
  • Mar 6 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), born in East Sussex, England (d. 1969)
  • Mar 6 Chris Baay, Dutch actor (Tomorrow It Will Be Better, Klatergoud, Surprise Raid), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • Mar 6 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (d. 1960)
  • Mar 7 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), born in Lunner, Norway (d. 1969)

Reinhard Heydrich

Mar 7 Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), born in Halle an der Saale (d. 1942)

  • Mar 7 Virginia Downing, American actress (The Gig, Butterfield 8), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1996)
  • Mar 9 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2002)
  • Mar 11 Cornelis Jan Bakker, Dutch/US nuclear physicist
  • Mar 11 Maurits Wertheim, Dutch writer (Isaac De Fuentes)
  • Mar 12 Ken James, cricket wicket-keeper (NZ's 1st Test, later Northants)
  • Mar 13 Henry Iliffe Cozens, English Royal Air Force pilot, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Mar 14 Doris Eaton, American actress (Man on the Moon, Tell Your Children), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2010)
  • Mar 14 Voltaire "Volly" De Faut; American jazz reed player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Jean Goldkette), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1973)
  • Mar 15 George Brent, American actor (42nd St, Jezebel), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1979)
  • Mar 15 J Pat O'Malley, Irish-British actor (101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book), born in Burnley, England (d. 1985)
  • Mar 16 Clive Morton, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Moonraker), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • Mar 17 Patrick Hamilton, English author and playwright (Gaslight, Rope), born in Hassocks, England (d. 1962)
  • Mar 18 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (d. 1926)

John Sirica

Mar 19 John Sirica, American federal judge (Watergate hearings), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1992)

  • Mar 19 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, born in Lviv, Poland (d. 1957)
  • Mar 20 B F Skinner, American psychologist (Skinner Box), born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Mar 21 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer
  • Mar 21 Forrest Mars Sr., American candymaker (d. 1999)
  • Mar 24 Martin Kosleck, German actor (Pursuit to Algiers, Agent for H.A.R.M.), born in Barkotzen, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1994)
  • Mar 26 Emilio Fernandez, Mexican director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre), born in El Seco Mexico (d. 1986)
  • Mar 26 Hermann Schroeder, German composer, born in Bernkastel, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Mar 26 Joseph Campbell, American professor of comparative mythology (Mythic Image), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1987)
  • Mar 26 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2004)
  • Mar 27 Hal Kemp American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and sweet jazz bandleader, born in Marion, Alabama (d. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Akarova [Marguerite Acarin], Belgian dancer and choreographer (Les Biches)in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium (d. 1999)
  • Mar 30 Ripper Collins, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1935, 36, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL HR leader 1934; St Louis Cardinals), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian field marshal and Chief of the German General Staff, dies at 71
  • Mar 7 Ferdinand André Fouqué, French geologist (b. 1828)
  • Mar 24 Edwin Arnold, English writer (The Light of Asia), dies at 71