What Happened in March 1908

Historical Events

  • Mar 4 Primary school catches fire in Collingwood, Ohio (180 killed)
  • Mar 5 1st ascent of Mt Erebus, Antarctica
  • Mar 7 Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stands before city council and announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
  • Mar 8 Dutch utopist Frederick of Eden speaks in Carnegie Hall, NY
  • Mar 9 Italian football club Inter Milan founded as Foot-Ball Club Internazionale
  • Mar 12 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers sweep Win Maple Leafs in 2 games
  • Mar 12 The Pan-Macedonian group is formed in Athens to support the Greek Struggle for Macedonia
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4
  • Mar 15 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"
  • Mar 17 Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 17 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Mar 23 American diplomat Durham Stevens is attacked by Korean assassins Jeon Myeong-un and Jang In-hwan, leading to his death in hospital two days later
  • Mar 25 Clube Atletico Mineiro, Founded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Mar 27 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe aboard Rubio wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Terence De Marney, British actor (Lorna Doone, Doctor Who, The Immortal Gentleman), born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • Mar 2 Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
  • Mar 2 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)
  • Mar 2 Walter Bruch, German engineer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 3 Riccardo Nielsen, composer
  • Mar 4 Boris N Poveloi, [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [NS=Mar 17]

Person of interestRex Harrison

Mar 5 Rex Harrison, English actor (My Fair Lady, Dr Doolittle), born in Huyton, England (d. 1990)

  • Mar 5 Irving Fiske, American writer, playwright, (d. 1990)

Person of interestAnna Magnani

Mar 7 Anna Magnani, Italian actress (Rose Tattoo, Miracle, Wild is the Wind), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1973)

Actress Anna Magnani
Actress
Anna Magnani
  • Mar 7 Joop [Joseph] van Santen, Dutch 1st chamber member (CPN)
  • Mar 7 Tomas de Manzarraga, composer
  • Mar 9 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, born in Porte Alegre (d. 1965)
  • Mar 10 Carl Albert, US speaker of house (1971-77)
  • Mar 10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Mar 12 David Saul Marshall, diplomat lawyer/politician
  • Mar 12 Inez Courtney, American actress (13th Man, Crime Ring, Raven), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • Mar 12 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 13 Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician
  • Mar 13 Paul Stewart, American actor (Citizen Kane, Kiss Me Deadly), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Mar 13 Walter Annenberg, publisher (Triangle-TV Guide)/Amb to GB, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 14 Maurice (Jean Jacques) Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher
  • Mar 14 Nikolay Petrovich Rakov, composer
  • Mar 14 Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraft; d. 1991)
  • Mar 16 Robert Rossen director/writer (Hustler, All the King's Men, Mambo)
  • Mar 17 Boris N Poveloi, [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [OS=Mar 4]
  • Mar 17 Radie Britain, composer
  • Mar 18 Louis Gaste, songwriter
  • Mar 20 Frank Stanton, Muskegon Mich, broadcasting executive (CBS)
  • Mar 20 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Lady Vanishes), born in Bristol (d. 1985)
  • Mar 22 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, born in Shakopee, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • Mar 22 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, born in Langenbeutingen (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Louis D L'Amour, author (Hondo, Jubal Sackett), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • Mar 22 Maurice H Stans, Shakope Minn, Secretary of Commerce (1969-72)
  • Mar 23 Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate
  • Mar 23 Ben Barnett, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1938 England tour), born in Auburn, Victoria, Australia (d. 1979)
  • Mar 25 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, born in London, England (d. 1985)

Person of interestDavid Lean

Mar 25 David Lean, English director (Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter), born in Croydon, England

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Mar 26 Betty MacDonald, [Anne E Campbell Bard], American writer (Egg & I)
  • Mar 26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 26 Hilda Krahwinkel Sperling, tennis star (French 1935), born in Essen, Germany
  • Mar 26 Kenneth Mellanby, entomologist
  • Mar 26 Robert William Paine, architect
  • Mar 27 Jacques [Izaak] den Haan, Dutch writer (Dangerous Book)
  • Mar 29 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Mar 29 Dennis O'Keefe, actor and director (T-Men, Fighting Seabees), born in Fort Madison, Iowa (d. 1968)
  • Mar 30 Camille Schmit, composer
  • Mar 30 Kurt Bruggemann, composer
  • Mar 30 Leslie O'Brien "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith, Chinese cricket bowler
  • Mar 31 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 11 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 11 Revd Benjamin Waugh, American activist (b. 1839)
  • Mar 12 Edmondo de Amicis, Italian writer (L'idioma Gentile), dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (b. 1851)
  • Mar 28 John Eliot, English meteorologist, dies at 68