What Happened in March 1916

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic
  • Mar 8 US invades Cuba for 3rd time, this to end corrupt Menocal regime
  • Mar 9 Mexican General Francisco "Pancho" Villa invades US (18 killed)
  • Mar 9 Germany declares war against Portugal
  • Mar 12 French airship mistakenly attacks and sinks British submarine D3 with loss of all hands
  • Mar 14 Battle of Verdun - German attack on Mort-Homme ridge, West of Verdun
  • Mar 15 Dutch merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed by German submarine & sinks in North Sea
  • Mar 15 General Pershing and 15,000 troops chase Pancho Villa into Mexico
  • Mar 15 University of Ghent taken under Dutch control
  • Mar 16 James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella" premieres in London
  • Mar 16 US & Canada sign migratory bird treaty
  • Mar 20 Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
  • Mar 21 JP Van Limburg Stirum succeeds AWF Idenburg as Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
  • Mar 24 German submarines torpedo the unarmed French cross-channel packet 'Sussex'
  • Mar 25 Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 28 First performance of "Jerusalem" by Geroge Parry set to words by William Blake at a Fight for Right meeting at the Queen’s Hall, London

Poet/Artist William Blake
Poet/Artist
William Blake
  • Mar 30 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Mar 31 Dutch government ends all military engagements

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Anne Vondeling, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 2 Bernard George Stevens, composer
  • Mar 4 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer (Botteghe Oscure)
  • Mar 4 Hans Eysenck, psychologist
  • Mar 5 Horace Ian Parrott, composer
  • Mar 6 Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les MisĂ©rables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • Mar 8 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1986)
  • Mar 8 John W. Seybold, American economist and computer typesetting pioneer, born in Newburgh, Indiana (d. 2004)
  • Mar 10 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer
  • Mar 10 Pamela Mason [Ostrer], British actress, author and talk-show host (Lady Possessed), born in Rochford, England (d. 1996)

Person of interestHarold Wilson

Mar 11 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 1974-76), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1995)

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 11 Ezra Jack Keats, children's literature author (d. 1983)
  • Mar 13 Lindy Boggs [Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs], American political administrator, born in New Roads, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Mar 13 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer and founder of the Venus Project, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Mar 14 Horton Foote, American author, playwright and screenwriter
  • Mar 15 Geert Lubberhuizen, publisher (Busy Bee)
  • Mar 15 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Mar 15 Fadil Hoxha, Yugoslav politician (d. 2001)
  • Mar 16 Lloyd McBride, union president (United Steelworkers)
  • Mar 16 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Mar 17 David Stafford-Clark, English psychiatrist, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1999)
  • Mar 17 Donald Gibson, British vice-admiral, Fleet Air Arm pilot of the WWII
  • Mar 17 Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • Mar 18 Louis Toebosch, composer
  • Mar 19 Irving Wallace, author (People's Almanac, The Man) [or Mar 18]
  • Mar 19 Eric Christmas, British actor (d. 2000)
  • Mar 20 Pierre Messmer, PM (France)
  • Mar 22 George Wyle, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show, Flip Wilson Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 24 Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • Mar 25 Nikolay Ivanovich Peyko, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Bill Edrich, English cricketer (Middlesex & England batsman, Compton's mate)
  • Mar 26 Christian B Anfinsen, US chemist (cell physiology, Nobel 1972)
  • Mar 26 Mort Abrahams, producer (Dr Doolittle, Planet Of Apes)
  • Mar 26 Sterling Hayden, NJ, actor (Dr Strangelove, Asphalt Jungle, Cobra)
  • Mar 26 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestEugene McCarthy

Mar 29 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, born in Watkins, Minnesota (d. 2005)

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • Mar 29 John Paul, British colonial administrator, Governor-General (Bahamas), born in Weymouth, Dorset (d. 2004)
  • Mar 31 John Vivyan, actor (Imitation of Life, Mr Lucky), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 31 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress (Cinderella, The Secret of NIMH), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Mar 31 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (d. 1979)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 22 British author "The Lord of the Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Actress Gloria Swanson (17) weds actor Wallace Beery (30)


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Elisabeth OL, [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
  • Mar 4 Franz Marc, German painter/co-founder (Blaue Reiter), killed at 36
  • Mar 9 Ken Hutchings, cricketer (exciting England batsman, WWI), dies
  • Mar 12 Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer (The Child of the Parish), dies at 39
  • Mar 19 Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (b. 1848)
  • Mar 20 Ota Benga, Congolese pygmy (b. 1884)
  • Mar 21 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art expert, dies at 72
  • Mar 24 Enrique y Campina Granados, Sp opera composer (Goyescas), drowns at 48
  • Mar 24 Enrique Granados, Spanish composer, dies at 48

Person of interestSusan Blow

Mar 27 Susan Blow, American educator who pioneered kindergarten education and was known as the "Mother of the Kindergarten", dies at 72

Educator and Kindergarten Director Susan Blow
Educator and Kindergarten Director
Susan Blow