On This Day

What Happened in March 1932

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 12 pro-independence revolutionaries captured in and around Chittagong in Bengal province, British India are sentenced to deportation for life, two to three-year prison terms with the remaining 32 being acquitted.

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Mar 1 The "Lindbergh kidnapping", 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead 12 May

Aviator and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviator and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Mar 2 Australian golf trick-shot artist Joe Kirkwood posts an incredible 83 using only his putter over 18 holes at Belleaire, Florida; round includes 6 pars and 1 birdie
  • Mar 7 Riots at Ford factory in Dearborn, Michigan, 4 killed

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Mar 9 Eamon De Valera becomes President of Ireland

Revolutionary and President of Ireland √Čamon de Valera
Revolutionary and President of Ireland
√Čamon de Valera
  • Mar 9 Former Chinese emperor Henry Pu-Yi installed as head of Manchuria

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Mar 17 German police raid Adolf Hitler's Nazi headquarters

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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Mar 17 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz registers his 334th career point with an assist in a 10-4 win v NY Americans; passes Cy Denneny as NHL leader for career points

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • Mar 18 91st Grand National: Tim Hamey wins aboard 50/1 outsider Forbra
  • Mar 19 The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 19 England beats Scotland, 16-3 at Twickenham, London to force a 3-way share with Wales and Ireland of renewed Home Nations Rugby Championship; France expelled, alleged professionalism
  • Mar 20 Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kara-Kalpak ASSR
  • Mar 24 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • Mar 27 De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt

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Mar 29 Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny
  • Mar 31 150 wild swans die in Niagara waterfall
  • Mar 31 Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jacques Leduc, Belgian composer, born in Jette (d. 2016)
  • Mar 2 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, born in Topeka Kansas (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 Fred Storey, Canadian curler (World C'ship gold 1966, 68, 69), born in Empress, Alberta (d. 2019)
  • Mar 4 Guido Baggiani, composer
  • Mar 4 Hessel Rienks, economist/Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • Mar 4 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2008) [1]
  • Mar 4 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American car designer (d. 2001)
  • Mar 4 Frank Wells, American entertainment businessman (d. 1994)
  • Mar 5 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist
  • Mar 6 Jean Boht, English actress (Bread, Distant Voices, Still Lives), born in Bebington, England
  • Mar 7 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), born in Glendale, California (d. 2006)
  • Mar 9 Simon Heere Heeresma, Dutch writer and poet (Han de Wit goes in development aid), born in Amsterdam (d. 2011)
  • Mar 9 Sister Bernard Ncube, South African religious sister and anti-apartheid, born in Johannesburg (d. 2012)
  • Mar 9 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2019)
  • Mar 10 Anatoliy Roschin, USSR, super heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Mar 11 Nigel Lawson, British government official (The Power Game)
  • Mar 11 Valerie French, British actress (Jubal), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • Mar 11 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 12 Andrew Young, US ambassador to UN (1977-79)/(Mayor-D-Atlanta)
  • Mar 14 Naina Yeltsina, Russia's 1st First Lady (1991-99), born in Orenburg Region, Russia, Soviet Union
  • Mar 15 Alan Bean, American Naval captain and astronaut (Ap 12, Skylab 3, 4th to walk on the moon), born in Wheeler, Texas (2018)
  • Mar 15 David Alliance, Iran/British textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 15 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records: Aretha Franklin; Bee Gees), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2006)
  • Mar 16 Ronnie Walter Cunningham, Col USMC/astronaut (Apollo 7), born in Creston, Iowa
  • Mar 17 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • Mar 17 Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist

Person of interestF. W. de Klerk

Mar 18 F. W. de Klerk, South African President (1989-94) and winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Mar 18 John Updike, Shillington Pa, poet/novelist (Rabbit Run)
  • Mar 19 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Mar 20 Tod Dockstader, composer
  • Mar 21 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1955-84), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 22 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster, author and journalist (5 x US Chess C'ship; 20+ books), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • Mar 22 Richard Thomas, British admiral (Royal Navy) and NATO representative, born in Rhyl, Wales (d. 1998)
  • Mar 23 Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 23 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Mar 24 William Smith, Columbia Mo, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Any Which Way You Can, Hawaii 5-0), born in Columbia, Missouri
  • Mar 24 Yuri Anatoyevich Ponomaryov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 18 backup)
  • Mar 25 Wes Santee, American runner, born in Ashland, Kansasmiler (d. 2010)
  • Mar 26 Dick Nolan, American NFL football coach (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Mar 26 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), born in Queens, NY (d. 2019)
  • Mar 27 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician ("Mystery Train"), born in Bobo, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • Mar 27 Wes Covington, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • Mar 28 Sven Oskar Lindqvist, Swedish writer (Myten om Wu Tao-tzu), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 29 William Charette, American navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, born in Ludington, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 A J Zuckerman, Dean (Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine)
  • Mar 30 Ted Morgan, Swiss-born writer
  • Mar 31 Godfrey Lawrence, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 8-53 v NZ 1961), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • Mar 31 John Jakes, writer (Sir Scoundrel, Great Women Reporters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 31 Nagisa Oshima, director (Town of Love & Hope), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti Orfici), dies at 46
  • Mar 1 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, killed in a car accident at 25
  • Mar 3 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), dies at 67
  • Mar 3 Alfieri Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (established Maserati Racing), dies from poorly executed kidney surgery at 44
  • Mar 5 Takuma Dan, Japanese baron/financier/industrial, murdered

Person of interestJohn Philip Sousa

Mar 6 John Philip Sousa, American composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77

Person of interestAristide Briand

Mar 7 Aristide Briand, 11 time Prime Minister of France (1909-22) and 1926 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 69

11x Prime Minister of France Aristide Briand
11x Prime Minister of France
Aristide Briand
  • Mar 8 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer and tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, dies at 84
  • Mar 11 Dora Carrington, British Bloomsbury artist commits suicide aged 38
  • Mar 12 Ivar Kreuger, "Swedish Match King" industrialist, commits suicide

Person of interestGeorge Eastman

Mar 14 George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company), shoots himself in the heart at 77

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • Mar 19 Edward Barrett, Irish heavyweight wrestler and all-round sportsman (Olympic gold tug-of-war 1908), dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov, Russian biologist (artificial insemination of animals), dies at 61
  • Mar 24 George Robert Canning, cricketer (the 4th Lord Harris), dies
  • Mar 26 Jean Cartan, French composer, dies at 25