On This Day

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 6 Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos
  • 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 Dodgers 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 sank off Hawaii, killing 21
  • Mar 25 German U boat torpedoes Netherlands merchant ship Medea
  • 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
  • Mar 26 77th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his second of 3 GN's aboard 100/8 bet Ally Sloper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, composer (Monte Carlo) [OS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 4 Petrus de Jong, Dutch premier (KVP, 1967-71)
  • Mar 5 Laurent Schwartz, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 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
  • Mar 8 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, born in Dorset (d. 1994)
  • Mar 8 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Mar 10 Harry Bertoia, Italian artist (d. 1978)
  • Mar 10 Sir Charles Groves, English conductor(d. 1992)
  • Mar 11 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • Mar 11 Vijay Hazare, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1946-54)
  • Mar 11 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 12 Alberto Burri, Italian physician/sculptor/abstract painter
  • Mar 14 Eunice Katunda, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • Mar 14 Alexander Brott, composer
  • Mar 14 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [NS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 14 Kenneth Rowntree, painter
  • 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/US photographer (Todos Santos, Guatemala)
  • Mar 17 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • Mar 17 Henry Bumstead, American art director (d. 2006)
  • Mar 18 Richard Thomas Condon, author
  • Mar 19 Norman Yardley, English cricket captain (late 40's)
  • Mar 19 Robert G. Cole, American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division (d. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Sviatosiav Richter, Zhitomir Ukraine, pianist (Stalin Prize-1945)
  • Mar 20 Rudolf Kirchschläger, President of Austria (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Forest Sagendorf, cartoonist
  • Mar 22 George Cresswell, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ aged 35)
  • 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 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, businessman
  • 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

Person of interestFrederick Winslow Taylor

Mar 21 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, dies of influenza at 58

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