On This Day

What Happened in March 1947

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 International Monetary Fund begins operation

Sports History

Mar 1 Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck sets up spring training camp in racially tolerant Phoenix, AZ in anticipation of signing team's first black players; Larry Doby is first acquisition later in the season

  • Mar 4 WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 6 XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc, CA
  • Mar 7 The Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War.
  • Mar 9 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 9 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 12 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances
  • Mar 12 Belgian government of Huysmans resigns

Historic Event

Mar 12 US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism

  • Mar 13 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances
  • Mar 13 19th Academy Awards: "Best Years of Our Lives", De Havilland, March win
  • Mar 15 John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy
  • Mar 16 Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested

Historic Event

Mar 17 Arnold J. Toynbee appears on the front cover of Time magazine

  • Mar 19 Belgian government of Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms

Victory in Battle

Mar 19 Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conquers Jenan

  • Mar 20 180 tonne blue whale (record) caught in South Atlantic

Catholic Encyclical

Mar 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur

  • Mar 21 US President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
  • Mar 21 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch
  • Mar 21 U.S. President Harry Truman signs executive order 9835 requiring "complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States" of Federal employees
  • Mar 24 Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency

Historic Event

Mar 24 John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

  • Mar 25 9th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma, 58-47; Crusaders' first victory in first title game
  • Mar 25 Agreement of Linggadjati ratified in Batavia
  • Mar 25 Coal mine explosion in Centralia, Illinois kills 111
  • Mar 25 Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (v NZ, Christchurch)
  • Mar 29 "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances
  • Mar 29 101st Grand National: 100/1 Irish outsider Caughoo ridden by 35-year-old jockey Eddie Dempsey wins by 20 lengths from Lough Conn

Golf Tournament

Mar 30 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her first of 3 Titleholders titles by 5 strokes ahead of Dorothy Kirby


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor (Thicke of the Night; Growing Pains), and TV theme song composer (Doff'rent Strokes; The Facts Of Life), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Mar 2 Harry Redknapp, English soccer winger (West Ham United; AFC Bournemouth) and manager (Bournemouth, West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, QPR, Southampton), born in London, England
  • Mar 3 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2006)
  • Mar 3 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)
  • Mar 3 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • Mar 3 Jennifer Warnes, American singer, arranger, and producer ("Up Where We Belong; "Famous Blue Raincoat"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 4 David Franzoni, American screenwriter
  • Mar 4 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian jazz saxophonist, born in Mysen, Norway
  • Mar 4 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Reykjavík (d. 2015)
  • Mar 5 (Samuel) "Eddie" Hodges, American stage and screen actor and singer ("High Hopes", The Music Man - "Gary, Indiana"; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Mar 5 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer ("Come Back and Shake Me"), born in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 5 Kent Tekulve, American MLB baseball relief pitcher, 1980 All-Star (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1974-85 and 2 other teams), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 6 Dick Fosbury, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, "Fosbury Flop"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 6 Judy Loe, British actress (Singles, Meaning of Life), born in Urmston, England
  • Mar 6 Kiki Dee [Pauline Matthews], British pop singer ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart"), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • Mar 6 Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
  • Mar 6 Rob Reiner, American Emmy Award-winning actor (All In The Family -"Mike/Meathead") and film director (Stand By Me; When Harry Met Sally; This Is Spinal Tap; The Princess Bride), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Mar 7 Donna Loren, American singer and actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 7 Lewis J Stadlen, American stage and screen actor (Minnie's Boys - "Groucho"; Savages; Windy City; Benson), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 7 Richard Lawson, American actor (Eddie-O'Neills), born in Loma Linda, California
  • Mar 7 Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician
  • Mar 7 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • Mar 8 Mike Allsup, American rock guitarist (Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Modesto, California
  • Mar 8 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter ("On My Own"; "That's What Friends Are For"), and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 8 Florentino Pérez, Spanish football executive
  • Mar 8 Don Brooks, American session and touring harmonica player (Waylon Jennings; Ken Burns' "The Civil War"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2000)
  • Mar 9 Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist, poet and short-story writer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Mar 9 Dougie Morgan, Scottish rugby union halfback (21 caps Scotland, 2 British & Irish Lions; Stewart's Melville FP), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Mar 9 Don Frank Brooks, American blues and session harmonica player (Ken Burns' "The Civil War"), born in Dallas,Texas (d. 2000)

Kim Campbell

Mar 10 [Avril] Kim Campbell, Canada's 1st female Prime Minister and 19th overall (1993), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

  • Mar 10 Laurie Langenbach, Dutch author
  • Mar 10 Tom Scholz, American rock guitarist, singwriter, and inventor (Boston - "More Than a Feeling"), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 10 Paul Condon, Baron Condon, former Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police
  • Mar 10 Bob Greene, American journalist (Chicago Tribune), born in Bexley, Ohio
  • Mar 11 Geoffrey Hunt, Australia, world-champion squash player
  • Mar 11 Mark Stein, American rock singer, Hammond organ and keyboard player, and songwriter (Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Mar 12 Jill O'Hara, American Broadway actress (Promises! Promises!), born in Warren, Pennsylvania

Mitt Romney

Mar 12 Mitt Romney, 70th Republican Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate, born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Mar 12 Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)
  • Mar 13 Lesley Collier, English ballet dancer, born in Orpington, England
  • Mar 13 Tomas Hinojosa, jockey
  • Mar 13 Beat Richner, Swiss physician (founder of children's hospitals in Cambodia) and cellist, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Mar 14 Jan at Veldhuis, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • Mar 14 William J. Jefferson, American politician (Rep-D-Louisiana), convicted of bribery, born in New Providence, Louisiana
  • Mar 14 Pam Ayres, English poet, Radio and TV presenter, born in Stanford in the Vale, England
  • Mar 14 Jona Lewie [John Lewis], British pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ("You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties"; "Stop the Cavalry"), born in Southampton, England
  • Mar 15 David Colley, Australian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 6 wickets, BB 3/83, 1 x 50; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 15 Larisa Grigoriyevna Pozharskaya, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 15 (Ryland) "Ry" Cooder, American blues guitarist and producer (Crossroads), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 15 Stomu Yamash'ta, Japanese percussionist, keyboard player and traditional Japanese-progressive rock fusion composer (Go), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Mar 15 Tomas Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Mar 15 Juraj Kukura, Slovak actor (Traffik; It's Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill), born in Prešov, Slovakia
  • Mar 16 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist and folk musician, born in Taraz, Kazakhstan
  • Mar 17 Ian Gomm, British rock rhythm guitarist (Brinsely Schwarz, 1970-74 - Hooked On Love), and songwriter (Cruel To Be Kind), born in Chiswick, England
  • Mar 17 James K. Morrow, American author (The Last Witchfinder), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 17 Jan Andersson, Swedish politician
  • Mar 17 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • Mar 18 Barry Wilson, British rock drummer (Procol Harum - "Whiter Shade of Pale"), born in Edmonton, London (d. 1990)
  • Mar 18 David Lloyd, cricketer (England opener, 214 v India 1974)
  • Mar 18 Steven Schiff, American politician (Rep-R-New Mexico 1989-98), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Mar 18 Patrick Chesnais, French actor
  • Mar 18 Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright
  • Mar 18 Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
  • Mar 18 Elliot Ray Scheiner, American Grammy winning music producer, mixer and engineer (History of the Eagles), born in the US
  • Mar 19 Earlie Fires, jockey (Hialeah Park)

Glenn Close

Mar 19 Glenn Close, American actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction), born in Greenwich, Connecticut

  • Mar 19 John Beckwith, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 19 Marinho Peres, Brazilian football player
  • Mar 20 Carl Palmer, British progressive rock drummer (Emerson Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9; Asia - Heat of the Moment), born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England
  • Mar 20 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist
  • Mar 21 Franco Mussida, Italian progressive rock musician (Premiata Forneria Marconi), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 22 Harry Vanda [Vandenberg], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • Mar 22 Patrick Olive, Grenadian percussionist (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Grenada

James Patterson

Mar 22 James Patterson, American author (Alex Cross, Witch and Wizard), born in Newburgh, New York

  • Mar 22 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1989)
  • Mar 23 Terry Alexander, African-American actor (Day of the Dead, One Life to Live), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 23 Barbara Rhodes, Poughkeepsie NY, actress (Don't Just Stand There)
  • Mar 23 Ray Phiri, South African jazz and mbaqanga guitarist (Paul Simon), born near Nelspruit, South Africa (d. 2017)

Alan Sugar

Mar 24 Alan Sugar, English computer manufacturer (Amstrad; chairman / part-owner Tottenham Hotspur FC 1991-2001) and television celebrity (The Apprentice), born in London, England

  • Mar 24 Mike Kellie, British session and touring rock drummer (Spooky Tooth; The Only Ones), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Paul McCandless, rocker (Torches on the Lake)
  • Mar 24 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • Mar 24 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • Mar 24 Meiko Kaji [Masako Ohta], Japanese film actress and singer (Lady Snowblood), born in Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
  • Mar 25 Claudine Schneider, American politician (Rep-R-RI, 1981-91), born in Clairton, Pennsylvania

Elton John

Mar 25 Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], English singer-songwriter and piano player ("Rocketman"; "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"; "Candle In The Wind"), born in Pinner, Middlesex

  • Mar 26 Dar Robinson, American stuntman, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1986)
  • Mar 27 Daphne Todd, English artist and president (Royal Society of Portrait Painters), born in York
  • Mar 27 Doug Wilkerson, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1980–82; First-team All-Pro 1982; SD Chargers), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • Mar 27 Tom Sullivan, blind actor (If You Could See What I Hear), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 27 Walt Mossberg, American journalist, the highest-paid journalist at the Wall Street Journal, born in Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Mar 28 Bruce Gilbert, English producer (China Syndrome, 9 to 5, On Golden Pond), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Mar 28 John Landecker, American disk jockey, born in Michigan
  • Mar 29 Aleksandr Stepenovich Viktorenko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3, 8, 14, 20), born in Olginka, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
  • Mar 29 Bobby Kimball American rocker (Toto-Roseann), born in Orange, Texas
  • Mar 29 Peter Hinchcliffe, British businessman (co-founder of Iceland Frozen Foods)
  • Mar 30 Ryszard Kotla, Polish travel writer and activist, tour guide, journalist, academic teacher, engineer
  • Mar 30 Marilyn Crispell, American jazz pianist and composer (Anthony Braxton Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 31 Al Goodman, American pop-soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown - "Special Lady"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Mar 31 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo, president (Colombia, 1990-94)

Famous Weddings

Wernher von Braun

Mar 1 Rocket engineer Wernher von Braun (34) weds Maria Luise von Quistorp (18) at a Lutheran church in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Alfredo Casella, Italian pianist, conductor (Boston Pops, 1927-29), and composer (La Giara; Concerto Romana), dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Halford John Mackinder, British geographer (Britain and the British Seas), dies at 86
  • Mar 9 Stanley Jackson, English cricketer (20 Tests for England 1893-1905), dies at 76
  • Mar 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • Mar 11 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Mar 12 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • Mar 12 Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure, dies at 87
  • Mar 18 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Willem Pijper, Dutch composer and music critic, dies at 52
  • Mar 19 William Starling Burgess, American yacht designer (America's Cup yachts "Enterprise", "Rainbow", "Ranger") and aviation pioneer, dies at 68
  • Mar 20 Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (Ebberöds bank, Med folket för fosterlandet), dies at 62
  • Mar 23 Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
  • Mar 27 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • Mar 28 Rudolph Simonsen, Danish composer (Olympic Arts bronze, 1928 - Symphony No. 2 (Hellas)), and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1916-47), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)
  • Mar 28 Johnny Evers, American Baseball HOF 2nd baseman (World Series 1907, 08 Chicago Orphans/Cubs; WS & NL MVP 1914 Boston Braves) and manager (Chicago Cubs/WS), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 65