What Happened in March 1926

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)
  • Mar 4 De Geer government in Netherlands takes office
  • Mar 6 China asks for a seat on the Security council
  • Mar 7 1st transatlantic telephone call (London-NY)
  • Mar 9 Bertha Landes elected 1st woman mayor of Seattle
  • Mar 10 Run on Belgian banks
  • Mar 11 Eamon da Valera ends leadership of Sinn Féin
  • Mar 12 Denmark begins unilateral disarmament

Appointment of Interest

Mar 12 Pope Pius XI names J E van Roey archbishop of Malines Belgium

  • Mar 14 Train in Costa Rica falls into the Río Virilla, killing 248 and injuring 93
  • Mar 15 Belgium's "black monday", franc falls

Historic Invention

Mar 16 Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)

  • Mar 17 Dutch Calvinists oust Rev J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3

Music Premiere

Mar 17 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 17 Spain & Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations
  • Mar 24 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
  • Mar 26 85th Grand National: Billy Watkinson victorious aboard 25/1 bet Jack Horner; first Australian jockey to win the race
  • Mar 26 ACD de Graeff appointed governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • Mar 26 First lip-reading tournament held in America
  • Mar 31 German Special Court of Justice for state security disbands

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Allan Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Stanley Cup 1962-64, 67; NHL All-Star 1960, 61, 66; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Timmins, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • Mar 1 Cesare Danova, Italian-American actor (Tentacles, Viva Las Vegas, Garrison's Gorillas), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1992)

Pete RozellePete Rozelle (1926-1996)

Mar 1 American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), born in South Gate, California

  • Mar 1 Robert Clary [Widerman], French-American actor (Hogan's Heroes - "Cpl LeBeau"; Days of Our Lives), singer, author, artist, lecturer, and Holocaust survivor, born in Paris, France (d. 2022) [1]
  • Mar 2 Murray Rothbard, American economist, and libertarian, born in The Bronx, NYC (d. 1995)
  • Mar 3 James Ingram Merrill, American poet/author (Scripts for the Pageant)
  • Mar 3 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu (1982-1993), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Mar 3 Lys Assia, Swiss singer who won the 1st Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, born in Rupperswil, Switzerland (d. 2018)
  • Mar 4 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • Mar 4 Fran Warren [Wolff], American big band and pop singer ("A Sunday Kind of Love"; "I Said My Pajamas (and Put On My Pray'rs)"), born in The Bronx, NYC (d. 2013)
  • Mar 4 James J. Eagan, Former Mayor of Florissant, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • Mar 4 Pascual Pérez, Argentine flyweight boxer (d. 1977)

Richard DeVosRichard DeVos (1926-2018)

Mar 4 American businessman who co-founded Amway, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Mar 5 Joan Shawlee [Fulton], American actress (Some Like It Hot, Prehistoric Women, Abbott & Costello Show), born in Forest Hills, New York (d. 1987)

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan (96 years old)

Mar 6 American economist, presidential advisor and Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States (1987-2006), born in NYC, New York

  • Mar 6 Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director (Ashes & Diamonds, Man of Iron), born in Suwalki (d. 2016)
  • Mar 6 Ann Curtis, 400m/800m US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1948), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 6 Elwood Hillis, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1971-87), born in Kokomo, Indiana
  • Mar 6 H.C. Robbins Landon, American musicologist (Haydn: Chronicle and Works), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • Mar 6 Jón Nordal, Icelandic composer (Choralis), born in Reykjavik
  • Mar 6 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (d. 1993)
  • Mar 9 Celso Garrido Lecca, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru
  • Mar 9 Gerrit A. Kooy, Dutch sociologist (Apartheid & work in South Africa), born in Kedichem, The Netherlands
  • Mar 9 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Mar 11 Adrienne Keith Cohen, travel editor
  • Mar 11 Ilhan Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2012)
  • Mar 11 Patricia Tindaole, England, architect

Ralph AbernathyRalph Abernathy (1926-1990)

Mar 11 American civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), born in Linden, Alabama

  • Mar 11 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 12 David Nadien, American concert and session violin virtuoso, born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2014)
  • Mar 12 David Oliver Williams, trade unionist (COHSE)
  • Mar 12 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2013)
  • Mar 12 George R Ariyoshi, (Gov-D-Hawaii)
  • Mar 12 Gudrun Ure, Scottish actress (Super Gran, Lady MacBeth, BBC Sorcerer), born in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland
  • Mar 12 Hildy Parks, American stage and screen actress, and Emmy Award-winning producer and writer (Tony Award presentations), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2004)
  • Mar 12 John C[lellon] Holmes, American writer (Horn)
  • Mar 12 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, American classical music composer, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 2018)
  • Mar 12 Ronald Alley, art gallery manager (Tate Gallery)
  • Mar 13 F. H. McClintock, British criminologist, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • Mar 13 Lenny Montana [Leonardo Passafaro], American professional wrestler (NWA Georgia), and actor (The Godfather), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1992)
  • Mar 14 François Morel, Canadian pianist, conductor, and composer (Antiphonie; Me duele España), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2018)
  • Mar 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), born in Liverpool (d. 2008)
  • Mar 15 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • Mar 15 Norm Van Brocklin, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL MVP 1960; First-team All-Pro 1960; 9 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons), born in Parade, South Dakota (d. 1983)
  • Mar 15 Tim Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 16 Charles Goodell, American politician (d. 1987)

Jerry LewisJerry Lewis (1926-2017)

Mar 16 American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Mar 17 Siegfried Lenz, German writer (Ein Kriegsende)
  • Mar 18 Dick Littlefield, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • Mar 18 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • Mar 21 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (Benvenuta), born in Heverie, Belgium (d. 2002)
  • Mar 21 Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1968)
  • Mar 22 Billy Goodman, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1949, 53; AL batting champion 1950), born in Concord, North Carolina (d. 1984)
  • Mar 22 Julius Marmur, American biochemist and geneticist (DNA research), born in Bialystok, Poland (d. 1996)
  • Mar 23 Martha Wright [Wiederrecht;], American stage, concert and radio singer and actress (South Pacific; The Sound Of Music), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Mar 24 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), born in Sangiano (d. 2016)
  • Mar 25 Hans Rausing, Swedish British industrial billionaire (Tetra Pak)
  • Mar 25 Laszlo Papp, Hungarian Olympic Boxer (Gold-1948, 1952, 1956)
  • Mar 27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • Mar 27 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers - "Dragnet Blues"; The Shields - "You Cheated"), born in Blythe, California (d. 2009)
  • Mar 27 Louis Blom-Cooper, barrister specialising in public and administrative law and co-editor of The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009, born in London
  • Mar 28 Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, born in Madrid (d. 2014)
  • Mar 28 Polly Umrigar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman & captain), born in Solapur, India (d. 2006)

Ingvar KampradIngvar Kamprad (1926-2018)

Mar 30 Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), born in Pjätteryd, Sweden

  • Mar 30 Lord Rayner [Derek Rayner], English businessman and chief executive (Marks & Spencer), born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • Mar 30 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), born in Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1989)
  • Mar 30 Sydney Chaplin, American actor and son of Charlie Chaplin (Limelight, Adding Machine), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30 Werner Torkanowsky, German conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)
  • Mar 31 John Fowles, British novelist (Collector, French Lieutenant's Woman), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2005)

Famous Weddings

Maybelle Carter

Mar 13 American folk and singer Maybelle Addington (17) weds music manager Ezra Carter (27)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Camilo Pessanha, Portuguese poet (China), dies at 58
  • Mar 3 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 58
  • Mar 5 Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer (b. 1841)
  • Mar 7 Heinrich Kàan-Albest, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Biddy Anderson, South African cricket batsman (1 Test as captain; Western Province) and rugby union centre (3 Tests), dies at 51
  • Mar 16 Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
  • Mar 17 Aleksei Brusilov, Russian general most noted for the development of new offensive tactics used in the 1916 Brusilov Offensive, dies at 72

Georges VezinaGeorges Vezina (1887-1926)

Mar 26 Canadian NHL Hall of Fame goalie (Canadiens), dies from TB at 39

  • Mar 26 Konstantin Fehrenbach, German reichs chancellor (1920-21), dies at 74