What Happened in March 1941

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Captain America first appears in comic book form, published by Timely Comics
  • Mar 1 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mar 1 Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
  • Mar 1 German troops invade Bulgaria

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Mar 1 Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • Mar 2 World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.

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Mar 3 Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Mar 4 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague
  • Mar 4 NHL Chicago goalie Samuel LoPresti stops record 80 of 83 Boston shots

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Mar 4 Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 4 The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
  • Mar 7 3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1")
  • Mar 7 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece
  • Mar 7 British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • Mar 8 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
  • Mar 10 Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts all players will wear batting helmets

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Mar 11 Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

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Mar 11 FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Mar 12 German occupiers confiscate AVRO studios in Netherlands
  • Mar 13 A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand)
  • Mar 14 Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies
  • Mar 14 Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
  • Mar 15 Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151 people
  • Mar 16 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
  • Mar 16 Dmitri Shostakovitch receives the Stalin Prize
  • Mar 16 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
  • Mar 20 Nazi-German Yugoslav pact drawn

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 21 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Mar 22 Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation
  • Mar 22 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II
  • Mar 24 British troops defeat Italians in Somaliland
  • Mar 24 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya

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Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Mar 24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • Mar 24 Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 25 Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, South Carolina, incorporated
  • Mar 27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
  • Mar 27 Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
  • Mar 27 Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
  • Mar 28 Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
  • Mar 29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • Mar 29 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Wash State 39-34
  • Mar 29 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • Mar 30 German counter offensive in North Africa
  • Mar 31 Ground broken for Union Square Garage, San Francisco

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Michael L Lampton, Williamsport Pa, astronaut
  • Mar 2 David Satcher, Amdniral and 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2001), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • Mar 4 John Aprea, actor (Lucas-Another World, The Godfather Part II), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Mar 4 John Hancock, American actor (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Hazen, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • Mar 6 Ann Winterton, British MP
  • Mar 6 Karyn Kupcinet, American actress (Carol-Gertrude Berg Show), born in Karyn Kupcinet (d. 1963)
  • Mar 8 Ivana Loudova, composer
  • Mar 8 Yvar Emilian Mikhashoff, composer
  • Mar 8 Andrei Mironov, Soviet actor (d. 1987)
  • Mar 9 Ger van Each, sculptor
  • Mar 9 Jim Colbert, Elizabeth NJ, PGA golfer (1969 Monsanto Open)
  • Mar 9 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (d. 1976)
  • Mar 10 Daniel Kirkland Lentz, composer
  • Mar 10 Piotr Warzecha, composer
  • Mar 10 Sandra Palmer, LPGA golfer (1986 Mayflower Classic), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 13 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose.(d. 2008)
  • Mar 14 Wolfgang Petersen, Emden Germany, actor (Shattered, Enemy Mine)
  • Mar 15 Dick Top, Dutch actor and director (Witch of Haarlem)
  • Mar 15 Mike Love, California, rock saxophonist/vocalist (Beachboys-In My Room)
  • Mar 16 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 2002)
  • Mar 17 Paul Kantner, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • Mar 17 Clarence Collins, US singer (Imperials-Tears on my pillow)
  • Mar 17 Edward Harper, composer
  • Mar 17 Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese politician

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Mar 18 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • Mar 18 Wolfgang Bauer, writer
  • Mar 18 John W. Derr, American politician
  • Mar 19 Lord Vestey, British food magnate/billionaire (Union International)
  • Mar 20 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • Mar 20 Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • Mar 21 Dirk D Frimout, Belgian cosmonaut
  • Mar 21 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • Mar 22 Bruno Ganz, actor (Strapless, Wings of Desire), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mar 22 Gary Lewis, horse trainer
  • Mar 22 Jeremy Clyde, English musician (Chad & Jeremy) and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • Mar 22 Billy Collins, American poet
  • Mar 23 Jim Trelease, American educator and children's literature author
  • Mar 25 Gudmund Hernes, Norwegian politician
  • Mar 26 Barclay Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Bob Plager
  • Mar 26 Bob Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Barclay Plager
  • Mar 26 Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist
  • Mar 26 Yvon Marcoux, Quebec politician
  • Mar 27 Charles Pashayan Jr, (Rep-R-CA, 1979- )
  • Mar 27 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Mar 27 Ivan Gašparovič, President of Slovakia
  • Mar 28 Alf Clausen, orchestra leader (Mary, Simpsons), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 28 Charlie McCoy, Oak Hill WV, harmonica player (Hee Haw)
  • Mar 28 Jim Turner, American football player
  • Mar 29 Terence Hill, actor (Super Fuzz, They Call Me Trinity), born in Venice, Italy
  • Mar 30 Brendan O'Friel, CEO (Prison Governors Association)
  • Mar 30 Robert C Smith, (Rep-R-NH, 1985- )
  • Mar 30 Ron Johnston, Vice-Chancellor (Essex U)
  • Mar 30 Sven Hamrin, Swedish road race cycler (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Mar 30 Bob Smith, former American politician

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Actress Hattie McDaniel (45) weds real estate salesman James Lloyd Crawford


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Constant W L Scheurleer, archaeologist/banker/art expert, dies at 59
  • Mar 3 Ernst Cahn, owner of Amsterdam Koco ice cream parlor, executed
  • Mar 4 Edoardo Mascheroni, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 5 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel 1927), dies at 82
  • Mar 6 John Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
  • Mar 6 Leen Schijvenschuurder, Dutch February strike leader, executed
  • Mar 7 Arnold Schering, German musicologist, dies at 63
  • Mar 7 Gunther Prien, German commandant (U-47), dies in battle
  • Mar 8 Jose Serrano Simeon, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 8 Sherwood Anderson, US writer/publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
  • Mar 9 Carlos Pedrell, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 11 Walford Davies, English composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 12 Charles Sanford Skilton, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 13 A Coenradi, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 Bernard Ijzerdraat, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 E Hellendoorn, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 J Eyl, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (b. 1881)
  • Mar 15 Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter (b. 1864)
  • Mar 16 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Challenger), dies at 73
  • Mar 17 Joachim Schepke, German commandant (U-100), dies in battle
  • Mar 17 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • Mar 20 D A van den Bosch, anti-nazi clergyman (Amersfoort Camp), dies
  • Mar 21 Robert Liefmann, German economist (Kartelle und Trusts), dies at 67

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Mar 28 Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline], British writer (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59

  • Mar 28 Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian Police Commissioner (b. 1877)