On This Day

What Happened in March 1909

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 1st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota
  • Mar 2 Great Britain, France, Germany & Italy asks Serbia to set no territorial demands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 William Howard Taft inaugrated as 27th US President during 10" snowstorm

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • Mar 4 US prohibits interstate transportation of game birds

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Mar 6 Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Griselda" premieres in Vienna

Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Mar 12 Alarmed over increasing German naval strength, Parliament passes a new naval appropriations bill
  • Mar 14 Amsterdam Social-Democratic Party (SDP) forms
  • Mar 18 Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast
  • Mar 18 Russia and Bulgaria reach an agreement in which late 19th century Russian financial claims are cancelled to meet compensation due to Turkey from Bulgaria
  • Mar 21 Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
  • Mar 21 Germany sends Russia a diplomatic notes requesting recognition of the Austrian annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and cessation of support to Serbia in the controversy
  • Mar 26 August Strindberg's "Bjalb-jarle-ti" premieres in Stockholm
  • Mar 26 In support of Mohammed Ali Shah's coup d'etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz
  • Mar 26 71st Grand National: Georges Parfrement wins aboard French 100/9 hope Lutteur III
  • Mar 30 New York's Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan & Queens
  • Mar 31 National Baseball Commission rules players who jump contracts to be suspended for 5 years; players joining outlaw organizations suspended for 3 years
  • Mar 31 Gustav Mahler conducts NY Philharmonic for his 1st time
  • Mar 31 In a diplomatic note to Austria, Serbia recognizes the Bosnian annexation and promises to maintain friendly relations with Austria

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Lois Moran, American actress (Waterfront), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Mar 1 Richard de Guide, composer
  • Mar 1 Robert Selby Taylor, bishop
  • Mar 2 Hanoch Jacoby, composer
  • Mar 2 Jan Fabricius, Dutch playwright
  • Mar 2 Mel Ott, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder and manager (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader; NY Giants), born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • Mar 3 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician
  • Mar 3 Kenton Kilmer, American writer, born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • Mar 4 Harry B Helmsley, American billionaire builder (Empire State Building), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 5 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47)
  • Mar 6 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter
  • Mar 6 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, born in Ikenne, British Nigeria (d. 1987)
  • Mar 7 Greta Schoon, German poet, born in Spetzerfehn (d. 1991)
  • Mar 7 Leo Malet, French crime novelist (Nestor Burma novels), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1996)
  • Mar 8 Anthony Donato, composer
  • Mar 8 Hugh Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • Mar 9 Derk Bodde, American sinologist and historian of China, born in Marshfield, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • Mar 10 Gerard Croiset, Dutch paragnost
  • Mar 13 Gilbert Inglefield, British architect and Mayor of London (1967-68) (d. 1991)
  • Mar 14 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (Margin)
  • Mar 17 Patrick Reilly, Ootacamund, India, British diplomat
  • Mar 17 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • Mar 18 Ljubica Marić, Serbian composer (Songs Of Space), born in Kragujevac, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 18 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)
  • Mar 19 Louis Hayward, British-American actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • Mar 19 Attilio Demaria, Argentinian footballer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 21 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, bjorn in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1988)
  • Mar 22 Gabrielle Roy, French Canadian novelist (Tin Flute), born in St. Boniface, Manitoba (d. 1973)
  • Mar 22 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)

Person of interestClyde Barrow

Mar 24 Clyde Barrow, American bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1934)

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • Mar 24 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), born in Streatham, London, England (d. 1989)
  • Mar 25 Dutch (Emil) Leonard, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1.01 ERA 1914)
  • Mar 25 Jay Blackton, American conductor and arranger (Guys & Dolls), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 26 Chips Rafferty [John William Pilbean Goffage], Australian actor (Wake in Fright, Desert Rats), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales (d. 1971)
  • Mar 26 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer
  • Mar 27 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • Mar 27 Golo Mann, German-American historian (Antisemitism), born in Munich (d. 1994)
  • Mar 28 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1981)
  • Mar 29 Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist, songwriter, and singer ("Seven Nights To Rock"), born in Polk County, Texas (d. 1967)
  • Mar 29 Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish writer (Gnome Patjoepelke)
  • Mar 30 Ernst Gombrich, OM/FBA/director (Warburg Institute)
  • Mar 31 Pieter Jongeling, Dutch author (under Piet Prins) and politician
  • Mar 31 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 12 Johanna "Lena" Bakker, Dutch actress and wife of Bruno Gerlach, dies at 34
  • Mar 12 Joe Petrosino, NYPD lieutenant (b. 1860)
  • Mar 16 George Thorndike Angell, American lawyer and advocate for the humane treatment of animals (ASPCA), dies at 85
  • Mar 22 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 66
  • Mar 24 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist and poet (Riders to the Sea), dies at 37
  • Mar 25 Ruperto Chapi, Spanish composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 26 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer, dies at 56