What Happened in March 1933

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Bank holidays declared in 6 states, to prevent run on banks
  • Mar 2 "King Kong", directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC
  • Mar 2 Sanriku earthquake of 8.4 and tsunami hit Japan, country's most powerful earthquake in 180 years
  • Mar 3 German presidential candidate Earnest Thalmann (KPD) arrested
  • Mar 3 Mount Rushmore dedicated
  • Mar 4 Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves Austrian parliament
  • Mar 4 Frances Perkins becomes Secretary of Labor, 1st female member of the US Cabinet
  • Mar 4 Henderson, DeSylva & Brown's "Strike Me Pink" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 4 Noordwijk soccer team forms

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Mar 4 Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as 32nd US President, pledges to pull US out of the Depression, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Mar 4 Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Mar 5 FDR proclaims 10-day bank holiday
  • Mar 5 Germany's Nazi Party wins majority in parliament (43.9%-17.2M votes)
  • Mar 6 FDR declares a nationwide bank holiday
  • Mar 6 Maxwell Anderson's "Both your Houses" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 6 Poland occupies free city Danzig (Gdansk)
  • Mar 7 Game of "Monopoly" invented
  • Mar 9 Bulgarian communists Dimitrov, Popov & Vassili arrested in Berlin
  • Mar 9 US Congress is called into special session by FDR, beginning its "100 days"
  • Mar 10 Major earthquake in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 10 Nevada becomes 1st US state to regulate narcotics
  • Mar 12 FDR conducts his 1st "fireside chat"
  • Mar 13 American banks allowed to reopen after a government imposed bank holiday

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Mar 13 Joseph Goebbels becomes Nazi Germany's Minister of Information and Propaganda

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • Mar 14 Civilian Conservation Corp begins tree conservation
  • Mar 15 NAACP begins coordinated attack on segregation & discrimination

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Mar 16 Hitler names Hjalmar Schacht as president of Bank of Germany

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 18 Radio Clube de Mocambique's 1st radio transmission
  • Mar 18 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 18 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 20 Dachau the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed
  • Mar 21 Hitler, Goering, Prince Ruprecht, Bruning & top army meet in Berlin
  • Mar 22 FDR makes wine & beer with up to 3.2% alcohol legal
  • Mar 23 Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers
  • Mar 23 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens
  • Mar 24 Peter I Island incorporated as a Norwegian dependency
  • Mar 24 92nd Grand National: Dudley Williams aboard Kellsboro' Jack
  • Mar 27 Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized
  • Mar 27 Japan leaves League of Nations
  • Mar 27 Polythene discovered by Reginald Gibson & Eric William Fawcett
  • Mar 28 German Reichstag confers dictatorial powers on Hitler
  • Mar 28 1st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 46-27
  • Mar 31 1st newspaper published on pine pulp paper, "Soperton News" (Ga)
  • Mar 31 Congress authorizes Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Mar 31 German Republic gives power to Hitler

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Istvan Lang, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest
  • Mar 1 Joan Hackett, NY, actress (Will Penny, One Stone Pony)
  • Mar 1 Myrlie Evers, American politician and commissioner (LA Board of Public works)
  • Mar 3 Lee Radziwell Ross, American princess (Jackie O's sister), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 3 Marco Antonio Munoz, Mexican spanish singer (Murmullos)
  • Mar 3 Alfredo Landa, Spanish actor
  • Mar 4 Ann Burton [Anna Rafalowicz], Dutch singer
  • Mar 4 John W Mills, British sculptor
  • Mar 5 Norbert Linke, German composer
  • Mar 6 Dorothy "Dolly" Ann Collins, English folk musician and composer
  • Mar 6 Heiko Wierenga, Dutch soc-dem mayor of Enschede (1977-94)
  • Mar 6 Kim Elgie, South African cricketer (South African bat v NZ 1961-62, Scotland RU intl)
  • Mar 6 William Davis, author/broadcaster (Battle at Bull Run)
  • Mar 6 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • Mar 7 Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1998)
  • Mar 8 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, born in Kilgore, Texas (d. 1986)
  • Mar 9 Lloyd Price, American R&B singer (Just Because), born in Kenner, Louisiana
  • Mar 9 William Francis McBeth, American composer
  • Mar 9 Mel Lastman, Canadian politician
  • Mar 9 William McBeth, American composer, born in Ropesville, Texas (d. 2012)
  • Mar 10 Bernadetta Matuszczak, Polish composer
  • Mar 11 Terry J Hatter Jr, US judge in California
  • Mar 12 Barbara Feldon, American actress (Agent 99-Get Smart), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 13 Frank H Murkowski, American politician (Sen-R-AK, 1981- )
  • Mar 13 Mike Stoller, composer (Lieber & Stoller-Hound Dog, Charlie Brown)
  • Mar 13 Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins, American serial killer (claimed to have murdered over 100 people), born in Florence County, South Carolina (d. 1991)

Person of interestMichael Caine

Mar 14 Michael Caine [Maurice J Micklewhite], English actor (Alfie), born in London, England

Person of interestQuincy Jones Jr

Mar 14 Quincy Jones Jr, American composer and singer (We Are The World), born in Chicago, Illinois

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • Mar 14 René Felber, former member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • Mar 15 Cecil Percival Taylor, American pianist and poet (U of Wisconsin)
  • Mar 15 Ronald Roseman, American composer

Person of interestRuth Bader Ginsburg

Mar 15 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, born in Brooklyn, New York

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Person of interestPhilippe de Broca

Mar 15 Philippe de Broca, French film director, born in Paris, France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • Mar 16 Sandy Weill, American financier and philanthropist
  • Mar 17 Myrlie Evers-Williams, American civil rights activist (NAACP chair), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Mar 18 Unita Blackwell, 1st African American mayor in Mississippi
  • Mar 19 Philip Roth, American novelist (Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 19 Renée Taylor, American actress
  • Mar 20 David James Moore, educationalist
  • Mar 20 Jacquez Guyonnet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mar 20 George Altman, American baseball player
  • Mar 20 Alexander Gorodnitsky, Russian geologist and poet
  • Mar 21 John Hall, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 21 Michael Heseltine, UK Secretary of State for Defence (1986)/MP
  • Mar 22 Buddy MacKay, (Rep-D-FL, 1983- )
  • Mar 22 Chris Duckworth, South African cricketer (South African batsman v England 1956-57)
  • Mar 22 Abolhassan Banisadr, former President of Iran
  • Mar 23 Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
  • Mar 23 Monique van Vooren, Belgian actress (Andy Warhol's Frankenstein)
  • Mar 23 Norman Bailey, British bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman)
  • Mar 23 Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist, known for the Stanford prison experiment
  • Mar 24 David Harries, composer
  • Mar 27 DRG Andrews, CEO (Land Rover-Leyland)
  • Mar 27 Frank Taylor, Chief Constable (Durham)
  • Mar 28 Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist (d. 1997)
  • Mar 29 Jacques Brault, French Canadian poet
  • Mar 30 Jean-Claude Brialy, Algerian actor (Circle of Love, Cousins), born in Aumale, Algeria
  • Mar 31 Bob Simmons, Fulham England, stuntman (double for James Bond)
  • Mar 31 Shirley Jones, American actress (Partridge Family, Elmer Gantry), born in Smithton, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 31 Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet (d. 1983)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Uładzimir Zylka, Belarusian poet (b. 1900)

Person of interestThomas J. Walsh

Mar 2 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), dies of a heart attack at 73

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • Mar 4 Willie Walker, US jazz singer and guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • Mar 6 Anton J Cermak, US mayor of Chicago, murdered
  • Mar 14 Balto, husky dog who brought back the antitoxin in 1925
  • Mar 16 Alfred Haar, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 47
  • Mar 17 Ferdinand Von Alten, German-Russian actor (Champagne), dies at 48
  • Mar 18 Luigi A duke of the Abruzzi, Italian explorer (Ruwenzori), dies at 60
  • Mar 20 Giuseppe [Joe] Zangara, electrocuted for assassination attempt on FDR
  • Mar 26 Eddie Lang, American jazz guitarist, dies at 30
  • Mar 27 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (49 runs in 2 Tests for England 1902), dies at 62
  • Mar 29 Alexander Schmuller, Russian/Dutch violinist/conductor, dies at 52