On This Day

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, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers beat Winnipeg Maple Leafs, 9-3 for 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • Mar 12 The Pan-Macedonian group is formed in Athens to support the Greek Struggle for Macedonia
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers beat Toronto Professionals, 6-4

Music Premiere

Mar 15 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 17 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Irish challenger Jem Roche in 1:28s of the 1st round at the Theatre Royal, Dublin; then quickest world heavyweight boxing title fight

  • 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 wins aboard American 66/1 outsider Rubio

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, Italian composer and music director, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1982)

Rex 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)

Anna Magnani

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

  • Mar 7 Joop [Joseph] van Santen, Dutch 1st chamber member (CPN)
  • Mar 7 Tomas de Manzarraga, Spanish composer, born in Igorre, Spain (d. 1988)
  • Mar 7 Nat Gonella, British big band jazz trumpeter, mellophonist, singer, and bandleader (The Georgians; Oh, Monah), born in Islington, London, England (d. 1998)
  • Mar 9 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, born in Porte Alegre (d. 1965)
  • Mar 10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonian heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Mar 12 David Saul Marshall, diplomat lawyer/politician
  • Mar 12 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 12 Max Wall [Lorimer], British music hall, screen, and stage comic and actor (Professor Wallofski), born in Stockwell, England (d. 1990)
  • Mar 13 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, born in Border country in England (d. 1996)
  • Mar 13 Paul Stewart, American actor (Citizen Kane, Kiss Me Deadly), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Mar 13 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • Mar 14 Maurice (Jean Jacques) Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher
  • Mar 14 Nikolay Rakov, Russian composer, born in Kaluga, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 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 Polevoy, Russian journalist and writer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1981) [OS=Mar 4]
  • Mar 17 Radie Britain, American composer, born near Silverton, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Mar 18 Louis "Loulou" Gasté, French songwriter ("Pour Toi" / "Feelings"), born in Paris (d, 1995)
  • Mar 20 Frank Stanton, Muskegon Mich, broadcasting executive (CBS)
  • Mar 20 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Goodbye Mr Chips, Lady Vanishes), born in Bristol, England (d. 1985)
  • Mar 22 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, born in Langenbeutingen (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Louis D L'Amour, American best-selling author (Hondo, Jubal Sackett), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 1988)
  • Mar 22 Maurice Stans, American Secretary of Commerce (1969-72) and Watergate figure, born in Shakopee, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • Mar 22 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Urangeline, NSW (d. 1991)
  • 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)

David Lean

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

  • Mar 26 Betty MacDonald [nee Bard], American humor writer (The Egg and I), in Boulder, Colorado (d. 1958)
  • Mar 26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 26 Kenneth Mellanby, English entomologist (scabies) (d. 1993)
  • Mar 26 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931, 1936 runner-up), born in Essen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Mar 27 Jacques [Izaak] den Haan, Dutch writer (Dangerous Book), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Mar 28 Grégoire Aslan, American actor (The Return of the Pink Panther, King of Kings), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1982)
  • Mar 29 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Mar 29 Dennis O'Keefe, American actor and director (T-Men, Fighting Seabees), born in Fort Madison, Iowa (d. 1968)
  • Mar 30 Camille Schmit, Belgian organist, composer, and educator, born in Aubangez, Belgium (d. 1976)
  • Mar 30 Kurt Brüggemann, German composer, conductor, and music educator, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Mar 31 Red Norvo [Kenneth Norville], American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" ("Congo Blues"; "Knockin' On Wood"), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Karl Josef Rudolph Cornely, German Jesuit biblical scholar, dies at 77
  • Mar 11 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 11 Benjamin Waugh, English social reformer who founded the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, dies at 69
  • 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