On This Day

What Happened in March 1925

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Dutch Socialists demand drastic disarmament
  • Mar 2 Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage
  • Mar 2 Nationwide road numbering system & US shield marker adopted
  • Mar 2 SDAP-Second-Faction of parliament demands drastic disarmament
  • Mar 4 US President Coolidge's inauguration broadcast live on 21 radio stations
  • Mar 4 Swain's Island (near American Samoa) annexed by US
  • Mar 6 Belgium annexes Eupen, Malmö dy & Sankt Vith
  • Mar 7 American Negro Congress organizes
  • Mar 9 Pink's War, the first RAF operation conducted independently of the Army or Navy, begins
  • Mar 10 Walter Mittelholzer is 1st to flies over Demawend mountain, Iran

Agreement of Interest

Mar 12 British government of Stanley Baldwin refuses to ratify Geneva agreement

  • Mar 13 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Arenas in 2 games
  • Mar 13 Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
  • Mar 18 (8) 60-MPH tornadoes speed Mo, In, Il, Ky, & Tn kills 689

Appointment of Interest

Mar 19 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (future Pope John XXIII) becomes a bishop, appointed as Apostolic Visitor to Bulgaria

  • Mar 21 Edinburgh's Murreyfield Stadium officially opens
  • Mar 21 Iran adopts Khorshidi solar Hijri calendar
  • Mar 21 Tennessee governor Austin Peay passes the "Butler Act," making Tennessee the 1st state to outlaw teaching the theory of evolution (repealed 1967)
  • Mar 24 KSL-AM in Salt Lake City UT begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 27 84th Grand National: Major John Wilson wins aboard 100/9 shot Double Chance; first year a tape, known then as a 'gate', used at the start line
  • Mar 30 Stanley Cup Final, Patrick Arena, Victoria, BC: Victoria Cougars (WCHL) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 6-1 for a 3-1 series win; last non-NHL team to win trophy
  • Mar 31 WOWO-AM, Ft Wayne Indiana begins radio transmission (500 watts)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Mar 3 Richard Vernon, England, actor (Servant, Gandhi, Hard Days Night)
  • Mar 4 Paul Mauriat, French easy listening orchestra leader, composer, and arranger ("Love Is Blue"), born in Marseille (d. 2006)
  • Mar 7 Rene Gagnon, US Marine shown in photograph of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1979)
  • Mar 8 Darwin Vargas [-Wallis], Chilean composer
  • Mar 8 Francisco Rabal, Aguilas Spain, actor (Holy Innocents, Camorra)
  • Mar 8 Petrus Steenkamp, Dutch politician (KVP/CDA)
  • Mar 10 Ed van der Elsken, movie photographer (Een liefdesgeschiedenis)
  • Mar 10 M J J A [Sef] Imkamp, Dutch politician (D66)
  • Mar 10 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (d. 2005)
  • Mar 11 James Miskin, QC/recorder of London
  • Mar 12 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon; A Little Romance), born in Roubaix (d. 1992)
  • Mar 12 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, UK, sci-fi author (Deathworld Trilogy), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Leo Esaki [Esaki Reona], Japan, physicist (Tunnel effect-Nobel 1973)
  • Mar 12 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France (d. 1983)
  • Mar 12 William G Whitehurst, (Rep-R-Va)
  • Mar 13 Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), born in Dinuba, California (d. 2014)
  • Mar 13 Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer (Charlie Parker; Stan Getz; Thelonious Monk; Eric Dolphy; Chick Corea), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 14 John Barrington Wain, English novelist/poet (Hurry on Down)
  • Mar 14 Francis A. Marzen, American Catholic prelate (d. 2004)
  • Mar 14 (George) "Sonny" Cohn, American jazz trumpeter (Red Saunders, 1945-60; Duke Ellington, 1960-84), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • Mar 15 Bert Bolin, Swedish meteorologist
  • Mar 16 Cornell Borchers, German actress (The Big Lift, Floodtide, Istanbul), born in Šilutė, Lithuania (d. 2014)
  • Mar 16 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (d. 2004)
  • Mar 17 Jerome Lejeune, physiologist
  • Mar 17 Gabriele Ferzetti, Italian film and stage actor
  • Mar 18 James Pickles, English judge and columnist, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 2010)
  • Mar 18 Don Paul, American football player (LA Rams), (d. 2015)
  • Mar 19 Brent Scowcroft, Lt Gen (USAF)/National Security Council, born in Ogden, Utah
  • Mar 20 John D Erlichman, Politician (Nixon aide, Watergate)
  • Mar 20 David Warren, Australian scientist and inventor (Flight Data Recorder; Cockpit Voice Recorder - "the black box"), born in Groote Eylandt, Australia (d. 2010)
  • Mar 21 John E Grotberg, (Rep-R-IL, 1985-86)
  • Mar 21 Peter Brook, English theater and film director (Marat/Sade), born in London
  • Mar 21 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
  • Mar 21 Harold Ashby American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Mar 22 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Mar 22 Colin Spedding, British biologist and animal welfare advocate (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 Cees de Ruyter, European champion billiards player
  • Mar 23 David McNee, commissioner (Metropolitan Police)
  • Mar 23 David Watkin, English cinematographer (d. 2008)
  • Mar 24 Duncan Wood, TV director and producer
  • Mar 24 Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
  • Mar 25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist, flutist and orchestra leader
  • Mar 25 Flannery O'Connor, American Southern novelist (A Good Man is Hard to Find), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1964)
  • Mar 26 Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • Mar 26 Ted Graham, Lord Graham of Edmonton, English politician, House of Lords (chief opposition whip), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 2020)
  • Mar 26 Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer (MP for Montgomeryshire 1962-79), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 26 Maqsood Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 16 Tests 1952-56), born in Amritsar, British India (d. 1999)
  • Mar 26 Pierre Boulez, French composer and conductor (Visage Nuptial), born in Montbrison, France (d. 2016)
  • Mar 26 Ben Mondor, Canadian baseball executive (International League Executive of the Year 1978, 99), born in St-Ignace-du-Lac, Maskinongé, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Mar 27 Charles Henry Plumb, 15th President of the European Parliament, born in Warwickshire
  • Mar 27 Robert Cohan, American dancer and artistic director (Contemporary Dance Trust), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 27 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2015)
  • Mar 28 Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Soviet actor (Bely Prazdnik, Zakoldovannye), born in Tat'yanovka, Russia (d. 1994)
  • Mar 29 Emlen Tunnell, American football player, NFL safety (Giants, Packers), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • Mar 29 Roy Beldam, British Lord Justice of Appeal (1989-2000)
  • Mar 30 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) (d. 2019)
  • Mar 30 John Wells, British politician (C)
  • Mar 31 Jean Coutu, French Canadian actor (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Homer Plessy, American Creole shoemaker and civil rights pioneer (plaintiff in landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson 1896), dies at 61
  • Mar 4 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 4 James Ward, English psychologist and philosopher (b. 1843)
  • Mar 4 John M. Ward, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (perfect game 1880; Providence Grays, New York Gothams / Giants), dies at 65
  • Mar 10 John Fillmore Hayford, American Geodesist (theory of isostasy, geodesy science), dies at 56
  • Mar 11 Andreas Hallen, composer, dies at 78

Sun Yat-sen

Mar 12 Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and father of modern China, dies of liver cancer at 58

  • Mar 13 Lucille Ricksen [Ingeborg Ericksen], American silent-film actress, dies of tuberculosis 14
  • Mar 14 Walter Camp, American, father of American football, dies at 65
  • Mar 20 George N Curzon, British Foreign minister (1919-22), dies at 66
  • Mar 23 Aleksei Kuropatkin, Russian general and minister of War, dies at 76
  • Mar 27 Carl Neumann, German mathematician and physicist (Neumann-functions), dies at 92
  • Mar 30 Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher (anthroposophy), dies at 64