On This Day

What Happened in March 1922

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 WBAP-AM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • Mar 2 WLW-AM in Cincinnati OH begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 3 Italian fascists occupy Fiume & Rijeka
  • Mar 3 WWJ-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions

Film Premiere

Mar 4 1st vampire film "Nosferatu", an un-authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, premieres at the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany

Contract of Interest

Mar 6 Babe Ruth signs 3 year contract with NY Yankees at $52,000 a year

  • Mar 6 GB Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh III/IV" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 7 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard

Sports History

Mar 7 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

Historic Event

Mar 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Hairy Ape" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 9 KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 10 KLZ-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 10 State of siege proclaimed during mine strike Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mar 11 Western Hockey Championship: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Regina Capitals, in 2 games
  • Mar 13 WRR-AM in Dallas TX begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 13 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators outscore Toronto St Pats, 5 to 4, in 2 games
  • Mar 14 KGU-AM in Honolulu HI begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 14 KSD-AM in Saint Louis MO begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 14 WGR-AM in Buffalo NY begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 15 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
  • Mar 15 Sultan Faud crowned King of Egypt, England recognizes Egypt
  • Mar 15 France, which up until now has insisted on currency for all WWI reparation payments from Germany, now accepts raw materials as payment
  • Mar 16 Egypt achieves independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • Mar 16 WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 18 1st intercollegiate indoor polo championship (Princeton vs Yale)

Historic Event

Mar 18 British magistrates in India sentence Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience

  • Mar 18 WBT-AM in Charlotte NC begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 18 The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City.
  • Mar 20 USS Langley is commissioned, US Navy's 1st aircraft carrier
  • Mar 20 WIP-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 21 KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 22 The Rand Rebellion in Southern Africa, which started as a strike by white mineworkers and became an armed rebellion against the state, is brought to a brutal end by the police
  • Mar 23 1st airplane lands at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 23 KMJ-AM in Fresno CA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 23 WEW-AM in Saint Louis MO begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 24 81st Grand National: Lewis Rees aboard 100/9 chance Music Hall wins; only 5 out of 32 starters finish
  • Mar 28 1st microfilm device introduced
  • Mar 28 Stanley Cup Final, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Toronto St Patricks (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 5-1 for a 3-2 series win
  • Mar 30 KGY-AM in Olympia WA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 30 WWL-AM in New Orleans LA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 31 KFI-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 31 Prince Hendrik opens trade fair building in Amsterdam

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 William M Gaines, publisher (MAD Magazine)

Yitzhak Rabin

Mar 1 Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel (1974-77 and 1992-95) and 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Jerusalem (d. 1995)

  • Mar 1 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2002)
  • Mar 2 Eric Feldbush [Désiré Feldbusch], Belgian cellist, conductor, and composer (Pastels), born in Grivegnée, Belgium (d. 2007)
  • Mar 2 Mario Zafred, Italian composer, music critic, and opera director, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1987)
  • Mar 2 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • Mar 2 Bill Quackenbush, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (8 x NHL All-Star; Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (Princeton), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • Mar 3 Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer and co-founder of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, born in Toruń, Poland (d. 1981)
  • Mar 3 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2002)
  • Mar 4 Richard E. Cunha, American cinematographer and film director (d. 2005)
  • Mar 4 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing; Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • Mar 4 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), born in Amreli, Gujarat, India (d. 2002)
  • Mar 5 Ebrahim Maka, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests 1952)
  • Mar 5 James Noble, American actor (Benson, 1776, Airplane II: The Sequel), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Mar 5 Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bologna Italy, director (Teorema, Pigsty)
  • Mar 6 Ruben Ayala, Chino, California, politician (California State Senator 1974-1998) (d. 2012)
  • Mar 7 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (fluid dynamics), born in Kologriv, Soviet Russia (d. 2004)
  • Mar 7 Patrick "Paddy" Clancy, Irish folk singer, harmonic player, and songwriter (The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem - "Carrickfergus"), born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • Mar 8 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Mar 8 Carl Furillo, Brooklyn Dodger (NL Batting Champ 1953)
  • Mar 8 Heinar Kipphardt, German writer and playwright (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer), born in Heidersdorf, Lower Silesia (d. 1982)
  • Mar 8 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), born in Sakaiminato, Tittori (d. 2015)
  • Mar 8 Ralph Baer, Creator of the first video game console
  • Mar 9 Herb Douglas, American long jumper (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 10 Adam Kennedy, American actor (The Californians) screenwriter (The Domino Principle), novelist (Just Like Humphrey Bogart), and painter, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • Mar 11 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77)
  • Mar 11 Thom Kelling, Dutch singer/guitarist (Programa de Manha)
  • Mar 11 Vinnette Carroll, American actress and 1st African-American woman to direct on Broadway (1972: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • Mar 11 José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor, director and comedian (La Cabina, Travels With My Aunt), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2009)
  • Mar 11 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1997)

Jack Kerouac

Mar 12 Jack Kerouac, American Beat writer (On the Road, Mexico Blues), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

  • Mar 12 Lane Kirkland, union president (AFL-CIO)
  • Mar 12 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, British composer, born in Hawley, Blackwater, England (d. 1999)
  • Mar 13 Brun Smith, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests @ 47.40), born in Rangiora, Canterbury (d. 1997)
  • Mar 14 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering backpacker (Walking Through Time), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2007)
  • Mar 14 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), born in Mexia, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Mar 14 Colin St John Wilson, English architect (The British Library), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 2007)
  • Mar 14 China Zorrilla, Uruguayan actress, filmmaker and writer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2014)
  • Mar 15 (Albert) Eddie Calvert, British trumpeter ("Oh, Mein Papa"; "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1978)
  • Mar 16 Geoffrey Freeman Allen, railway writer
  • Mar 16 Harding Lemay, American writer (Another World), born in North Bangor, New York
  • Mar 17 Megan Bull, British head mistress (Holloway Jail)

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Mar 17 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding father of Bangladesh and 1st and 4th President of Bangladesh (1971-72 and 1975-76), born in Tungipara, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1975)

  • Mar 18 Egon Bahr, German journalist/politician, born in Treffurt, Thuringia (d. 2015)
  • Mar 20 Arnold Burgen, college president (Academia Europaea)

Carl Reiner

Mar 20 Carl Reiner, American comedian, screenwriter, (Your Show Of Shows; 2000 Year Old Man; The Dick Van Dyke Show), director (The Comic; The Jerk), and author,, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)

  • Mar 20 Doug Barnard Jr, American politician (Rep-D-GA, 1977-93), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • Mar 20 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2002)
  • Mar 20 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • Mar 20 Ray Goulding, comedian (Bob & Ray), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Mar 21 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), born in San Leandro, California (d. 2004)
  • Mar 22 Stewart Stern, American screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • Mar 23 Marty Allen, Pitts, comedian (Allen & Rossi), "Hello Dere"
  • Mar 23 Ugo Tognazzi, Italian comedy actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles, The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man), born in Cremona, Italy (d. 1990)
  • Mar 24 Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Mar 24 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 25 Bruno VeSota, American character actor and director (They Stand Accused, Chopper, Teenage Doll, Wild Rovers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)

Eileen Ford

Mar 25 Eileen Ford, American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), born in Manhattan, New York, (d. 2014)

  • Mar 25 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Mar 26 William Milliken, American politician, longest serving Governor of Michigan (1969-83), born in Traverse City, Michigan
  • Mar 26 Oscar Sala, Italian-born Brazilian nuclear physicist, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • Mar 27 Margaret Stacey, English sociologist who helped shape the distinctively British genre of empirical sociology, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Mar 27 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), born in Paris (d. 2003)
  • Mar 28 Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, born in Ukerebagh Island, New South Wales (d. 1999)
  • Mar 28 Felice Chiusano, Italian singer, born in Fondi, Italy (d. 1990)
  • Mar 28 Joey Maxim, American boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Mar 30 John Coates, British naval architect (Ancient Greek trireme) (d. 2010)
  • Mar 30 Peter Jona Korn, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Mar 30 Turhan Bey [Sahultavy], Austrian-born actor dubbed "The Turkish Delight" (Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 German Galynin, Soviet-Russian composer, born in Tula, Russia (d. 1966)
  • Mar 31 Patrick Magee [McGee], Northern Irish actor (A Clockwork Orange; Barry Lyndon), born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d. 1982)
  • Mar 31 Richard Kiley, American singer and actor (Kismet; Man of La Mancha; Endless Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi [Pichichi], Spanish soccer forward (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao), dies from typhus at 29
  • Mar 4 Bert Williams, African American comedian and entertainer, dies at 46
  • Mar 10 Arthur Hervey, Irish orchestral and operatic composer, and musicologist, dies at 67
  • Mar 10 Horace Wadham Nicholl, British composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 22 Louis-Antoine Ranvier, French anatomist and historian, dies at 86
  • Mar 27 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, Russian composer, dies at 63