What Happened in March 1937

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 1st permanent automobile license plates issued (Ct)
  • Mar 1 Governor Wouters innaugrates the radio station on the Dutch Antilles
  • Mar 1 US Steel raises workers' wages to $5 a day
  • Mar 2 Mexico nationalizes oil
  • Mar 3 Australia snatches series against England 3-2 after being 2-0 down

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 4 9th Academy Awards: "The Great Ziegfeld", Paul Muni & Luise Rainer wins

Actor Paul Muni
Actor
Paul Muni
Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer
  • Mar 7 Bucharin, Jagoda & Rykov pushed out of CPSU in USSR
  • Mar 14 Battle of the Century: Fred Allen & Jack Benny meet on radio during their "feud"
  • Mar 14 Pope Pius XI publishes anti-nazi-encyclical Mit brennender Sorge
  • Mar 15 First American blood blank in a hospital is opened at Cook County Hospital in Chicago
  • Mar 15 1st state contraceptive clinic opens (Raleigh NC)
  • Mar 16 All but one senior fouls out of a scrimmage game between seniors & sophomores, but he holds on to win the game 35-32
  • Mar 18 Gas explosion in school in New London, Texas: 294 die
  • Mar 18 The human-powered aircraft, Pedaliante, flies 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) outside Milan.
  • Mar 19 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini redemptoris against communism
  • Mar 19 Astronomer Fritz Zwicky publishes his research on stellar explosion in which he coins the term "supernova" and hypothesizes that they were the origin of cosmic rays
  • Mar 19 96th Grand National: Evan Williams aboard Royal Mail wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Franco offensive at Guadalajara, Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Mar 21 Ponce massacre, police kill 19 at Puerto Rican Nationalist parade
  • Mar 23 LA Railway Co starts using PCC streetcars
  • Mar 24 Bus blew a tire, going out of control, killing 18 (Salem Illinois)
  • Mar 24 National Gallery of Art established by Congress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 25 Italy & Yugoslavia sign non-aggression treaty (Pact of Belgrade)
  • Mar 25 Lionel Conacher misses on 1st Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Mar 25 Washington Daily News is 1st US newspaper with perfumed advertising page

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb's advice & replace his 40 with 36 oz bat

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Mar 26 Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye
  • Mar 26 William H Hastie becomes 1st black federal judge (Virgin Islands)
  • Mar 27 Feyenoord-stadium official opens in Rotterdam

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jed Allan, actor (Days of our Lives, CC-Santa Barbara), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 2 Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria, born in Oujda, Morocco
  • Mar 3 Bobby Driscoll, American actor (d. 1968)
  • Mar 4 Graeme Dowling, cricketer (New Zealand, 239 v India 1968)
  • Mar 4 Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 4 [Bernard Barney Jean] Wilen, musician
  • Mar 4 Leslie Gelb, American foreign policy advisor
  • Mar 5 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur
  • Mar 5 Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, President of Nigeria
  • Mar 6 Doug Dillard, actor (Clem-Popeye)
  • Mar 6 Ivan Boesky, stockbroker inside trading, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 6 Paul Mefano, French composer, born in Basra, Iraq

Person of interestValentina Tereshkova

Mar 6 Valentina Tereshkova, Soviet cosmonaut and 1st woman in space (Vostok 6), born in Maslennikovo, Russia

1st Woman in Space Valentina Tereshkova
1st Woman in Space
Valentina Tereshkova
  • Mar 6 Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), born in Fort Riley, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • Mar 7 Anne Kristen, actress (Truth or Dare, Rachel-Dr Finlay, Sunset Song)
  • Mar 7 Don Bonker, (Rep-D-WA, 1975- )
  • Mar 8 Juvénal Hayarimana, president of Rwanda (1973-94)
  • Mar 8 Pamela McEvoy-Johnston, psychotherapist-board member (WIC)
  • Mar 8 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 8 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)

Person of interestJuvénal Habyarimana

Mar 8 Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan General, Dictator and President of Rwanda (1973-94) who was assassinated at the start of the Rwandan genocide, born in Ruanda-Urundi, Belgian Colonial Empire (d. 1994)

Dictator and President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana
Dictator and President of Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana
  • Mar 9 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Landry, Premier of Quebec (2001-2003), born in Saint-Jacques, Quebec, Canada
  • Mar 9 Brian Redman, English racing driver, born in Colne, Lancashire
  • Mar 10 Oscar Abrams, community organizer
  • Mar 10 Joe Viterelli, American actor (d. 2004)
  • Mar 11 John Ward, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1964-68)
  • Mar 11 Carlos Larrañaga, Spanish actor
  • Mar 11 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor-Victoria, born in Llanfyllin
  • Mar 13 Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa, born in Fagasá, Pago Pago
  • Mar 13 Terence "Terry" Cox, British musician (Pentangle, Duffy's Nucleus, Humblebums), born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
  • Mar 14 Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • Mar 15 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember), born in Atalanka, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • Mar 16 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • Mar 16 David Del Tredici, American composer and pioneer of the Neo-Romantic movement (1980 Pulitzer), born in Cloverdale, California
  • Mar 16 Amos Tversky, Israeli cognitive and mathematical psychologist, born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1996)
  • Mar 17 Adam Wade, actor (Kiss Me Goodbye, Crazy Joe)
  • Mar 17 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • Mar 17 Frank Calabrese [Frankie Breeze], mafia hitman, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Mar 18 Mark Donohue, auto racer (1972 Indianapolis 500)
  • Mar 18 Robin Wright, race horse trainer
  • Mar 18 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 19 Egon Krenz, former East German folitician and last communist leader of East Germany (1989), born in Kolberg, Nazi Germany
  • Mar 20 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor
  • Mar 20 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Mar 20 Jerry Reed, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 20 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • Mar 20 Mark Saville, QC, British high court judge
  • Mar 21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 22 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • Mar 23 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (600.601 mph-Spirit of America Sonic I), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 23 Heinz Martin Lonquich, German composer
  • Mar 23 Robert Gallo, American physician
  • Mar 23 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Mar 24 Benjamin Luxon, Redruth England, baritone (Owen Wingrave)
  • Mar 24 Bill Tillman, basebal player
  • Mar 24 Billy Stewart, US R&B singer (I Do Love You)
  • Mar 24 Erskine Sandiford, Premier of Barbados, 1987-94)
  • Mar 25 Tom Monaghan, Ann Arbor Michigan, founder of Dominos pizza
  • Mar 26 Barbara Pearl Jones, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Wayne Embry, holder of 7 basketball records (Miami of Ohio)
  • Mar 27 Johnny Copeland, American blues guitarist and singer (Lion's Den), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • Mar 27 Thomas Aquinas Daly, American painter, born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 29 Billy Carter, American brother of US President Jimmy Carter, born in Plains, Georgia
  • Mar 29 Smarck Michel, Haitian Prime Minister (1994-95), born in Saint-Marc, Haiti (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 J S Jennings, CEO (Shell Transport & Trading Co)
  • Mar 30 Jay W Macintosh, actress (Sons & Daughters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Mar 30 Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth [Ian MacLaurin], Blackheath, Kent, British businessman and chairman (Vodafone)
  • Mar 30 Warren Beatty, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 31 Willem Duyn, [Mouth], Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 2 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) weds actress Evelyn Baldwin (26)

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

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Gustav Wohlgemuth, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 6 Frank Vosper, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rome Express), dies at sea at 37
  • Mar 8 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion), dies at 71

Person of interestHowie Morenz

Mar 8 Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a heart attack at 34

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • Mar 9 Paul Elmer More, American critic and essayist (b. 1864)
  • Mar 10 Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian writer (b. 1884)
  • Mar 11 Paul Scheinpflug, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 11 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 12 Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, French organist/composer, dies at 93
  • Mar 12 Jeno Hubay, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer and professor (Paris Conservatory), dies at 93
  • Mar 15 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), dies at 46
  • Mar 16 J Austen Chamberlain, English Minister of Foreign Affairs (Nobel), dies at 73
  • Mar 19 Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer (Anaconda, El Crimen del Otro), commits suicide at 58
  • Mar 23 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist, dies at 66
  • Mar 25 John Drinkwater, English poet/playwright (Bird in Hand), dies at 54
  • Mar 26 Albert Relf, English cricketer (13 Tests for England 1903-14), commits suicide at 52
  • Mar 29 Karol Szymanowski, Polish/Ukraine composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 54