What Happened in March 1915

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 British vice admiral Sackville Hamilton Carden begins bombardment of Dardanelles forts
  • Mar 2 Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
  • Mar 3 US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) created, the predecessor of NASA
  • Mar 5 World War I: The LZ 33, a zeppelin, is damaged by enemy fire and stranded south of Ostend.
  • Mar 8 1st US navy minelayer, Baltimore, commissioned
  • Mar 10 British Army captures Neuve Chapelle, Belgium
  • Mar 11 The British declare a blockade of all German ports
  • Mar 13 Brooklyn Robins manager Wilbert Robinson tries to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane, but the pilot substitutes a grapefruit
  • Mar 14 German cruiser Dresden scuttled off Más a Tierra, Chile, having been pursued by the Royal Navy after the Battle of the Falkland Islands, with her engines worn out and virtually no coal
  • Mar 16 British battle cruisers Inflexible & Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelles
  • Mar 16 Federal Trade Commission organizes
  • Mar 18 Failed British attack in Dardanelles
  • Mar 18 French battleship Bouvet explodes, 640 killed
  • Mar 19 Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time)
  • Mar 19 VI Summer (Modern) Olympic Games: IOC President Pierre de Coubertin writes to Associated Press indicating 1916 Berlin Games won't take place because of WWI
  • Mar 23 Zion Mule Corp formed by the British Army
  • Mar 25 1st submarine disaster; a US F-4 sinks off Hawaii, killing 21
  • Mar 25 German U boat torpedoes Netherlands merchant ship Medea
  • Mar 26 77th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his second of 3 GN's aboard 100/8 bet Ally Sloper
  • Mar 26 Stanley Cup Final, Denman Arena, Vancouver, BC: Barney Stanley scores 5 goals as Vancouver Millionaires beat Ottawa Senators, 12-3 for a 3-0 sweep of first non-challenge series; Vancouver first PCHA champions

Historic Event

Mar 27 Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Lona Andre [Launa Anderson], American actress (Death in the Air, Case of Baby Sitter), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • Mar 3 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur
  • Mar 4 Carlos Surinach, Spanish-American composer, most notably of ballet music (Feast of Ashes), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1997)
  • Mar 4 Petrus de Jong, Dutch premier (KVP, 1967-71)
  • Mar 5 Laurent Schwartz, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • Mar 6 Benny de Weille, German swing jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Mar 6 Leonard Tose, owner NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, born in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Mar 6 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Mar 6 Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, 52nd Da'i al Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras
  • Mar 7 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician, French Prime Minister and President of the National Assembly, born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • Mar 8 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Mar 8 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, born in Dorset (d. 1994)
  • Mar 10 Charles Groves, English conductor (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, 1963-77), born in London (d. 1992)
  • Mar 10 Harry Bertoia, Italian-born American artist and furniture designer (d. 1978)
  • Mar 11 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 11 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • Mar 11 Vijay Hazare, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1946-54)
  • Mar 12 Alberto Burri, Italian physician/sculptor/abstract painter
  • Mar 12 Red Byron, American auto racer (NASCAR Strictly Stock Series C'ship 1949), born in Plasterco, Virginia (d. 1960)
  • Mar 14 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist, conductor, educator, and composer (McGill Chamber Orchestra), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2005)
  • Mar 14 Eunice Katunda, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • Mar 14 Kenneth Rowntree, British artist, born in Scarborough, England (d. 1997)
  • Mar 15 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris)
  • Mar 15 Richard Ward, African American actor (Death of a Salesman, Beacon Hill), born in Glenside Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • Mar 17 Hans Namuth, German-American photographer (Todos Santos, Guatemala)
  • Mar 17 Henry Bumstead, American art director (d. 2006)
  • Mar 17 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • Mar 18 Richard Condon, American author (The Manchurian Candidate), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • Mar 19 Norman Yardley, English cricket batsman and captain (20 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1948), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire (d. 1989)
  • Mar 19 Robert G. Cole, American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division (d. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Rudolf Kirchschläger, President of Austria (d. 2000)
  • Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist ("This Train"; "Down By The Riverside"), born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, (d. 1973)
  • Mar 20 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), born in South Portsmouth, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • Mar 20 Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Mar 22 Fen Cresswell, New Zealand cricket slow bower (3 Tests, 13 wickets; Wellington, Central Districts), born in Wanganui, New Zealand (d. 1966)
  • Mar 22 Forest 'Bud' Sagendorf, American cartoonist (Popeye), born in Wenatchee, Washington (d. 1994)
  • Mar 22 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), born in Petrograd, Russian Empire (d. 2005)
  • Mar 23 Francis Berry, poet/Shakespearean scholar
  • Mar 23 Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
  • Mar 24 Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • Mar 25 Dick Winslow, American actor (Tom Sawyer, Mutiny on the Bounty), born in Jennings, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • Mar 27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • Mar 28 Jay Livingston, American composer ("Buttons & Bows"; "Mona Lisa"; "Tammy"), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Mar 28 Ray Emery, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman vs West Indies 1952), born in Auckland (d. 1982)
  • Mar 28 Selma Rubin, American environmental activist (Earth Day co-founder), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • Mar 29 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • Mar 31 Eliseo Morales Pajaro, composer
  • Mar 31 Henry Morgan, American comedian and TV panelist (I've Got a Secret, Arena), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Mar 31 Jack Perry, English businessman and the 1st Western business person to visit Communist China, born in London (d. 1996) [1]
  • Mar 31 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese military man (d. 1997)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 William Willett, British inventor of Daylight Saving Time, dies of influenza at 58
  • Mar 11 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), dies at 88
  • Mar 13 Sergei Witte, 1st Prime Minister of Russia (1905-06), dies at 65
  • Mar 17 Walter Crane, English painter, cartoonist and illustrator (The Lady of Shalott), dies at 69
  • Mar 19 Antonio Agliardi, Italian diplomat and Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 82

Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915)

Mar 21 American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, dies of influenza at 59

  • Mar 24 Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (b. 1846)
  • Mar 31 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish athlete (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 32