What Happened in March 1929

Historical Events

Sports History

Mar 2 George Hainsworth becomes first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season when the Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting Boston Bruins, 3-0; ends season with 22

  • Mar 2 US Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 Herbert Hoover inaugurated as the 31st US President

  • Mar 4 National Revolutionary Party founded in Mexico by Plutarco Elías Calles (will go on to hold power until 2000)

Historic Event

Mar 4 Republican Charles Curtis becomes the 1st Native American to be Vice President of the United States

  • Mar 6 Turkey & Bulgaria sign friendship treaty

Historic Event

Mar 7 First nonstop flight made from America to Asia across the Bering Strait (Nome to North Cape) by Noel Wien and Calvin Cripe for Wien Air Alaska

  • Mar 8 US worker union commission reports of slavery in Liberia
  • Mar 9 Marcel Pagnol's "Marius" premieres in Paris

Sports History

Mar 13 20 year old Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman scores 123 in 5th Test vs England at MCG; his second Test century

  • Mar 16 WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 17 General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel
  • Mar 17 Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera closes university of Madrid

Music History

Mar 18 Dmitri Shostakovich's "The new Babylon" premieres in Leningrad

  • Mar 22 88th Grand National: Robert W. H. Everett wins aboard 100/1 outsider Gregalach
  • Mar 22 KIT-AM in Yakima WA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 22 US Coast Guard vessel sinks Canadian schooner suspected of carrying liquor
  • Mar 23 1st telephone installed at the President’s desk under the Hoover administration at the White House
  • Mar 27 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 27 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 28 Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador
  • Mar 29 Stanley Cup Final, Madison Square Garden: Boston Bruins beat New York Rangers, 2-1 for a 2-0 series sweep; Boston's first Championship
  • Mar 29 US President Herbert Hoover has 1st telephone installed on the desk at the Oval Office's in the White House

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (d. 1978)
  • Mar 2 Sir Donald Gosling, British former-Chairman of "National Car Parks" and multi-millionaire, born in England
  • Mar 3 Nikos Mamangakis, Greek classical and electronic music composer, born in Rethymno, Crete (d. 2013)
  • Mar 4 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), born in Amsterdam, Nethetlands (d. 2021) [1]
  • Mar 4 Josep Mestres-Quadreny, Spanish composer, born in Manresa, Spain (d. 2021)
  • Mar 5 Erik Carlsson, Swedish rally driver
  • Mar 5 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 1967)
  • Mar 6 David Sheppard, bishop (Liverpool)/cricketer (England batsman)
  • Mar 6 Hal Miller, British MP
  • Mar 6 Ho Dam, North Korean secretary of State (1970-83)
  • Mar 6 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2013)
  • Mar 7 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Mar 9 Hugh Desmond Hoyte, Guyanese politician and President of Guyana (1985-92), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2002)
  • Mar 9 Marie Cardinal, French writer (La Clé Sur La Porte), born in French Algeria (d. 2001)
  • Mar 10 Pat Patrick, American auto racing team owner (Patrick Racing; Indianapolis 500, 1973, 1982, 1989; Emerson Fittipaldi IndyCar title, 1989), born in Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • Mar 11 Erskine Childers, Irish writer and United Nations civil servant official, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1996)
  • Mar 11 Jackie McGlew, South African cricket batsman (34 Tests, 7 x 100, HS 255no; Natal), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • Mar 11 Józef Zapędzki, Polish sport shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1968, 72), born in Rokitno, Poland (d. 2022)
  • Mar 11 Timothy Carey, American actor (Paths of Glory, The Killing), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Mar 12 Bernard Costello, American double sculls (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Mar 12 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, born in Huánuco, Peru (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Lupe Anguiano, Mexican-American civil rights activist
  • Mar 12 U Win Tin, jailed Burmese journalist
  • Mar 13 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Mar 13 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer and songwriter (For Loving You), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • Mar 13 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, born in Heswall, Cheshire (d. 2015)
  • Mar 13 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2012)
  • Mar 13 Will Eisma, Dutch composer and violinist, born in Sungailiat, Indonesia
  • Mar 14 Bob Goalby, American golfer (US Masters 1968), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • Mar 16 Edwin London, American horn player, conductor (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra; Ineluctable Modality Choir), and composer (Dream Thing on Biblical Episodes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Mar 16 Nadja Tiller, Austrian actress (Ich suche Dich, Rosemary) and Miss Austria (1949), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 18 Christa Wolf, German novelist (Divided Heaven)
  • Mar 18 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, born in Zábřeh, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • Mar 18 John Macurdy, American bass
  • Mar 19 Herman van San, composer
  • Mar 19 Jim Phelan, American college basketball coach (Mount Saint Mary's University 1954–2003), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Mar 19 Robert Muczynski, composer
  • Mar 20 Germán Robles, Spanish-Mexican film, theater, television, and voice actor (El Vampiro), born in Gijón, Asturias, Spain (d. 2015)
  • Mar 21 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • Mar 23 Albert H Crews, American chemical and aeronautical engineer and USAF astronaut (X-20 Dyna-Soar program), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • Mar 23 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch songwriter and lyricist (Ring-dinge-ding; I See a Star), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • Mar 23 James Maxwell, American actor and director (The Portrait of a Lady, The Shadow of the Tower, The Evil of Frankenstein), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • Mar 23 Michael Manser, English architect, born in Bristol (d. 2016)
  • Mar 23 Rafael Chimishkyan, Georgian weightlifter (Olympic gold USSR 60kg 1952; World C'ship gold 60kg 1954, 55), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 2022)

Roger Bannister

Mar 23 Roger Bannister, English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), born in Harrow, England (d. 2018)

  • Mar 24 Cuan McCarthy, cricketer (36 Test wkts for South Africa, 1 career no-ball)
  • Mar 25 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • Mar 25 Harris W. Fawell, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1985-99), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 25 Kenneth Haigh, British actor (Look Back in Anger; Search for the Nile), born in Mexborough, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2018)
  • Mar 25 Tommy Hancock, American western swing fiddler and bandleader (Supernatural Family Band - "I Should Have Married Marie"; "Tacos for Two"), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Mar 26 Maurice Simon, American jazz musician, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Mar 27 Anne Ramsey, American actress (Throw Mama from the Train), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1988)
  • Mar 28 Aubrey Joseph Watson Sr., bishop
  • Mar 28 Paul England, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2014)
  • Mar 29 Olga Tass, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold, team portable apparatus 1956), born in Pécs, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Mar 29 Ronald Clive Williams, Welsh actor and comedian (Twin Town), born in Cefneithin, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1997)
  • Mar 29 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, born in Taunton, Somerset (d. 2015)
  • Mar 29 Utpal Dutt, Indian actor and director (Manusher Adhikar), born in Barisal, Bengal Presidency, India (d. 1993)
  • Mar 29 Yayoi Kusama, Japanese artist and writer, born in Matsumoto, Japan
  • Mar 30 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), born near Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Shirley Stoler, American actress (The Honeymoon Killers, Seven Beauties), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • Mar 31 Bertram Fields, American lawyer
  • Mar 31 Lee Patterson, Canadian actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)

Liz Claiborne

Mar 31 Liz Claiborne, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2007)


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Famous Weddings

Ginger Rogers

Mar 29 American actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26); divorce in 1931

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Royal H. Weller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 47
  • Mar 5 David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American automobile pioneer (Buick Motor Company), dies at 74
  • Mar 12 Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman (b. 1851)
  • Mar 15 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight at 24
  • Mar 20 Ferdinand Foch, French Allied military commander and marshal of France during WW I, dies at 77
  • Mar 22 Anton Beer-Walbrun, German composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 26 Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (b. 1859)
  • Mar 27 Samuil Shatunovsky, Ukrainian mathematician, dies at 70
  • Mar 28 Lomer Gouin, Quebec politician (b. 1861)