On This Day

What Happened in March 1936

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Boulder (Hoover) Dam fully completed
  • Mar 1 A strike occurs aboard the S.S. California, leading to the demise of the International Seamen's Union and the creation of the National Maritime Union.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman scores 369 in 253 minutes (46 fours, 4 sixes) in South Australia's innings and 349 run win over Tasmania

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Mar 3 Clarence Grimmett ends his Test career with 13 wkts in 5th Test v South Africa

GermanyHindenburg Disaster

Mar 4 1st flight of the airship Hindenburg at Friedrichshafen, Germany

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The Zeppelin Hindenburg begins to fall seconds after catching fire
The Zeppelin Hindenburg begins to fall seconds after catching fire
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  • Mar 5 Spitfire makes its 1st flight (Eastleigh Aerodrome in Southampton)

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 5 8th Academy Awards: "Mutiny on the Bounty", Victor McLaglen & Bette Davis wins

  • Mar 6 Belgium ends Locarno pact

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Mar 7 Adolf Hitler breaks the Treaty of Versailles by sending troops into the Rhineland

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 8 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Babe Ruth turns down Reds to make a comeback as a player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 13 Irish-bred Golden Miller with Evan Williams aboard wins record 5th consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup steeplechase at 21/20 favourite; only horse to complete Gold Cup-Grand National double
  • Mar 14 Federal Register, 1st magazine of the US government, publishes 1st issue
  • Mar 14 Wales beats Ireland, 3-0 in Cardiff to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship with a 2-1-0 record

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 22 "The Great Ziegfeld" directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell and Luise Rainer premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1937

Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer
  • Mar 23 Italy, Austria & Hungary sign Pact of Rome

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 Physician Joseph G. Hamilton injects a leukemia patient with a sodium radioisotope, first intravenous injection of a human with a radioisotope

  • Mar 24 Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons, 1-0 in 16:30 of 6th period of OT; record Stanley Cup playoff game lasts 9 periods (176 minutes)
  • Mar 25 200-inch mirror blank to build the Hale telescope leaves Corning New York for California (then largest telescopic mirror ever made)
  • Mar 26 1st parliamentary debate on NZ radio
  • Mar 26 200" telescope lens shipped, Corning Glass Works, NY-Cal Tech
  • Mar 26 Mary Joyce ends a 1,000 mile trip by dog in Alaska
  • Mar 27 WOS-AM in Jefferson City Missouri goes off the air
  • Mar 27 95th Grand National: Fulke Walwyn scores back-to-back GN victories aboard Reynoldstown at 10/1
  • Mar 29 10,000 watch the 200-inch mirror blank passing through Indianapolis
  • Mar 29 Nazi propaganda claims 99% of Germans voted for Nazi candidates

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Camille E Baly, St Maartens poet (Sonny)
  • Mar 1 Jean-Edern Hallier, writer
  • Mar 1 Marion Farouk-Sluglett, political scientist
  • Mar 1 Monique Bégin, French-Canadian politician
  • Mar 2 Henny Boskamp [Hoelscher], actor (Troeleke)
  • Mar 2 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • Mar 4 James "Jim" Clark, Scottish F1 Indianapolis 500 winner and World Champion (1963 & 1965), born in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • Mar 4 Aribert Reimann, composer
  • Mar 4 David Thompson, British food magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 4 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), born in Dominica, West Indies (d. 2001)
  • Mar 5 Dale Douglass, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open 1986), born in Wewoka Oklahoma
  • Mar 5 Dean Stockwell, California, actor (Werewolf of Washington, Blue Velvet)
  • Mar 5 Canaan Banana, 1st President of Zimbabwe (1980-87), born in Essexvale, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 6 A "Bram" Stemerdink, Dutch minister of Defense (PvdA)
  • Mar 6 Marion S Barry, (Mayor-D-Washington, D.C., 1979-90, 95- ), drug indictment
  • Mar 6 Sylvia Robinson, American rocker (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2011)
  • Mar 7 Georges Perec, French writer (Seire Noire, Retour a la bien-aimee)
  • Mar 8 Gábor Szabó, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist (Spellbinder), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1982)
  • Mar 8 Sue Ane Langdon, actress (Bachelor Father, Arnie), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Mar 8 Sonny Allen, American basketball coach (ODU, Southern Methodist University, University of Nevada, Reno; WNBA Sacramento Monarchs), born in Moundsville, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • Mar 9 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Mar 9 Mickey Gilley, American country singer (Urban Cowboy), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • Mar 9 Elina Salo, Finnish actress (Hamlet Goes Business), born in Sipoo, Finland
  • Mar 10 Juda Bar-Norwegian, Israeli/Dutch mime/actor (King)
  • Mar 10 Sepp Blatter, Swiss ice hockey and football official
  • Mar 10 Alfredo Zitarrosa, Uruguayan Vocals and journalist (d. 1989)
  • Mar 11 Antonin Scalia, 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Mar 12 Anthony Loehnis, vice chairman (S G Warburg & Co)
  • Mar 12 Keith Slater, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1958-59 series)
  • Mar 12 Lloyd Dobbins, newscaster (NBC News Overnight), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Mar 12 Patrick Procktor, painter
  • Mar 12 Eddie Sutton, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State; first coach to take 4 schools to NCAA tournament), born in Bucklin, Kansas (d. 2020)
  • Mar 14 Bob Charles, New Zealand golfer (British Open 1963), born in Carterton, New Zealand
  • Mar 14 Maryan Synakowski, French soccer defender (16 caps; UA Sedan Torcy 241 games), born in Calonne-Ricouart, France (d. 2021)
  • Mar 14 Bruce Hood, Canadian National Hockey League referee (1965-84), and author (Calling The Shots), born in Campbellville, Ontario (d. 2018)
  • Mar 15 Donald K Sundquist, (Rep-R-Tennessee, 1983- )
  • Mar 15 David Andrews, Irish politician
  • Mar 16 Thelma Hopkins, England, high jumper (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Mar 16 Frederick "Fred" Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Mar 17 Ladislaw Kupkovic, composer
  • Mar 17 Ken Mattingly, American naval officer, NASA astronaut (Apollo 16, STS-4, 51C), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 17 Robert Daniel, republican Congressman for Virginia (1972-1983), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • Mar 18 Hans Peter Bleuel, German writer (Sex and Society In Nazi Germany), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Mar 18 Robert Lee Smith, American singer (Tams - "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy")
  • Mar 18 Tony Nash, England, bobsled (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Mar 19 Amancio D'Silva, musician
  • Mar 19 Ursula Andress, Swiss model, actress and sex symbol (Dr. No, Casino Royale, She, Sensuous Nurse), born in Ostermundigen, Switzerland
  • Mar 19 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), born in Boggabri, Australia (d. 1988)
  • Mar 19 Birthe Wilke, Danish pop singer (Eurovision Song Contest, 1957 & 1959), born in Vesterbro, Denmark
  • Mar 20 (Rainford) Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and producer (The Upsetters), born in Kendal, Jamaica

Person of interestVaughn Meader

Mar 20 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, born in Waterville, Maine (d. 2004)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Mar 20 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2019)
  • Mar 21 Marek Stachowski, composer
  • Mar 21 Ed Broadbent, Canadian politician
  • Mar 22 Roger Whittaker, Kenyan British country singer ("The Last Farewell"; "Durham Town"), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Mar 22 Ron Carey, American labor leader (International Brotherhood of Teamsters), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • Mar 24 Fredrick Kaufman, American jazz trumpeter (Woody Herman), classical composer ( Mother of Exiles; Kaminarimon), and educator (born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 24 David Suzuki, Canadian scientist and environmentalist
  • Mar 24 Don Covay [Randolph], American R&B musician and songwriter ("Chain of Fools"), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 24 Alex Olmedo, American/Peruvian tennis player (Australian C'ships, Wimbledon 1959), born in Arequipa, Peru (d. 2020)
  • Mar 25 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, American jazz bassist, born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Erich Urbanner, Austrian composer and educator, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Mar 26 Fred Paris, American rocker (Five Satins)
  • Mar 27 Jerry Lacy, American actor (Play it Again Sam), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Mar 27 Malcolm Goldstein, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 28 Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, poet, journalist, presidential candidate and Nobel Prize Laureate (Aunt Julia), born in Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
  • Mar 28 Amancio Ortega, Spanish businessman and one of the wealthiest people in the world, (founder of the Inditex fashion group), born in Busdongo de Arbás, Spain
  • Mar 29 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical, jazz, and film score composer (Far From The Madding Crowd; Four Weddings And A Funeral), born in Kent, England (d. 2012)
  • Mar 29 Mogens Camre, Danish politician (Folketing (Danish Parliament), 1968-1987, 3 days in 2007; European Parliament, 1999-2009), born in Randers, Denmark (d. 2016)
  • Mar 30 Mark Burns, British director (Juggernaut)
  • Mar 30 Richard Baker, Santa Fe NM, Zen teacher (Dharma Sangha)
  • Mar 31 Marge Piercy, author (Small Changes, Gone for Soldiers)
  • Mar 31 Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor
  • Mar 31 Bob Pulford, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, coach (coach: LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Newton Robinson, Ontario

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 2 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) divorces Linda Arvidson (50) after 30 years of marriage

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Grand Duchess of Hesse, dies at 59
  • Mar 4 Ruben Mattias Liljefors, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 6 Rubin Goldmark, American composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Josef Stránský, Czech conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1911-23) dies at 63

Person of interestDavid Beatty

Mar 12 David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet during World War I (Battle of Jutland), dies of heart failure at 65

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • Mar 15 John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist, dies at 75
  • Mar 16 Marguerite Durand, French journalist and feminist (b. 1864)
  • Mar 18 Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist, actor and writer (Kleine Portratgalerie, Der Partylowe), commits suicide to avoid arrest by the Gestapo at 58

Person of interestEleftherios Venizelos

Mar 18 Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece (1910-15, 1917-20, 1924, 1928-32, 1933), dies of a stroke at 71

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos
Greek Prime Minister
Eleftherios Venizelos
  • Mar 20 Durant Clifford Parkin, cricketer (Tests for South Africa 1891-92), dies
  • Mar 21 Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, composer (Chopiniana), dies at 70
  • Mar 30 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, dies at 40