On This Day

What Happened in March 1948

Historical Events

  • Mar 5 US rocket flies record 4800 kph to 126km height
  • Mar 7 The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending Italian rule
  • Mar 8 US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
  • Mar 9 Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
  • Mar 10 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound - Herb H Hoover, Edwards Air Force Base, California

Golden Globes

Mar 10 5th Golden Globes: "Gentleman's Agreement", Ronald Colman, & Rosalind Russell win

  • Mar 11 Jewish Agency of Jerusalem bombed
  • Mar 11 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 12 -5°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
  • Mar 13 Ireland beats Wales, 6-3 at Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship and first Grand Slam
  • Mar 14 Freedom Train arrives in San Francisco

Film & TV History

Mar 15 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine

  • Mar 15 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

Mar 16 Billie Holiday is released from prison early due to good behavior

  • Mar 18 France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • Mar 18 Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting

Historic Event

Mar 18 Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in first sign of Tito-Stalin split

  • Mar 19 Lee Savold KOs Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 20 1st live televised symphony performances: Eugene Ormandy leads Philadelphia Orchestra on CBS, followed 90 minutes later by Arturo Toscanini leading the NBC Orchestra on NBC
  • Mar 20 102nd Grand National: 50/1 chance Sheila's Cottage first mare to win the GN for 46 years; ridden by Irish jockey Arthur Thompson
  • Mar 21 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • Mar 21 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke ahead of Babe Zaharias and Peggy Kirk
  • Mar 23 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor, 58-42; Wildcats' first victory in first title game
  • Mar 23 John Cunningham sets world altitude record (54,492' (18,133 m))
  • Mar 27 The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened
  • Mar 27 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall

Tony Awards

Mar 28 2nd Tony Awards: "Mister Roberts" (Play); Henry Fonda (Actor) and Joshua Logan (Director) win

  • Mar 29 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
  • Mar 29 Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game
  • Mar 31 US Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Burning Spear [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • Mar 1 Norman Connors, American jazz drummer, composer, and arranger ("You Are My Starship"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 1 Richard Festinger, American guitarist, pianist, and classical music composer (Between Thought and Thing; Le Pianiste), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Mar 2 Larry Carlton, American jazz and rock session and touring guitarist (Crusaders; Joni Mitchell; Steely Dan), born in Torrance, California
  • Mar 2 Rory Gallagher, Irish rock and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Born on the Wrong Side of Time"), born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Mar 2 Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • Mar 3 Byron MacGregor, newscaster
  • Mar 3 Reed Hundt, FCC chairman
  • Mar 3 Terence "Snowy" White, British rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy, 1980-82; Roger Waters), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England
  • Mar 4 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), born in Kingsbury, London, England (d. 2015)
  • Mar 4 Shakin' Stevens [Michael Barrett], Welsh rock singer ("This Ole House"; "Oh Julie"; "You Drive Me Crazy"), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Mar 4 Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, New Zealand-born Australian wrongly convicted of killing her baby Azaria, born in Whakatāne, New Zealand
  • Mar 4 James Ellroy, American crime writer (L.A. Confidential), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Tom Grieve, American MLB player, born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Mar 4 Leron Lee, American MLB player, born in Bakersfield, California
  • Mar 4 Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
  • Mar 5 (Edmond) "Eddy" Grant, Guyanese–British reggae singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist ("Electric Avenue"), born in Plaisance, British Guiana
  • Mar 5 Jacques Kloes, Dutch rock singer (Dizzy Man's Band - "The Show"; "Matter of Facts"), born in Heemskerk, Holland (d. 2015)
  • Mar 5 Richard Hickox, British organist, musical director, and conductor (City of London Sinfonia,,1971-2008; London Symphony Chorus from 1976-91), born in Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2008)
  • Mar 5 Elaine Paige, British musical theater singer and actress (Evita; Sunset Boulevard), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
  • Mar 5 Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1984)
  • Mar 6 James FCS "Jim" Woude, cartoonist
  • Mar 8 Little Peggy March [Margaret Battavio], American pop vocalist ("I Will Follow Him"), born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 9 Jaime Lyn Bauer, American actress (Young & Restless, Centerfold Girls), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mar 9 Jeffrey Osborne, American soul singer-songwriter ("On the Wings of Love"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 9 Jimmie Fadden, American singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 9 Emma Bonino, Italian politician, Senator for Rome, born in Bra, Italy
  • Mar 9 Christopher "Chris" Thompson, British singer and guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band - "Blinded By the Light"), born in Ashford, Kent
  • Mar 10 Austin Carr, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1974; NBA All-Rookie First Team 1972; Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Washington D.C.
  • Mar 10 Ed Grundy, American rocker (Bloodrock)
  • Mar 10 Jean-Pierre Adams, French soccer centre-back (22 caps; Nîmes, Nice, Paris Saint-Germain), born in Dakar, Senegal (d. 2021)
  • Mar 11 Dominique Sanda [Varaigne], French actress (The Conformist, 1900, First Love), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 11 George Kooymans, Dutch rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Mar 11 Roy Barnes, 80th Governor of Georgia
  • Mar 11 César Gerónimo, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 11 Jan Schelhaas, English musician (Caravan, Camel), born in Liverpool
  • Mar 12 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)

James Taylor

Mar 12 James Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Fire And Rain"; "You've Got A Friend"; "Shower The People"), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Mar 12 Kent Conrad, (Sen-D North Dakota)
  • Mar 12 Les Holroyd, British progressive rock musician (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham England
  • Mar 12 Virginia Bottomley, British minister of health and heritage
  • Mar 13 Robert S. Woods, American actor (Bo-One Life to Live, Waltons), born in Maywood, California
  • Mar 14 Billy Crystal, American actor, writer and producer (Soap, City Slickers), born in Long Beach, New York
  • Mar 14 Tom Coburn, American politician (Senator-R-Oklahoma 2005-2015, Rep-R-Oklahoma 1995-2001), born in Casper, Wyoming (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (d. 2003)
  • Mar 15 Kate Bornstein, American author
  • Mar 16 Margaret [Edith] Weis, American sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • Mar 16 Michael Bruce, American rock guitarist and keyboard player (Alice Cooper, 1969-73), born in Arizona
  • Mar 17 Fran Byrne, Irish musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 17 Pat Lloyd, English rocker (The Equals), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 Robert Braunwart, who added thousands of dates to this database
  • Mar 17 William [Ford] Gibson, Canadian sci-fi author (Neuromancer, Count Zero)
  • Mar 17 Alexander Nelson Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, British-born investment banker
  • Mar 17 Alex MacDonald, Scottish Footballer and football manager
  • Mar 17 Jessica Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (In the Key of Monk), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d, 2022)
  • Mar 18 Eknath Solkar, cricketer (India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder)
  • Mar 18 Lockwood Phillips, American radio host
  • Mar 18 Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 18 Robert "Bobby" Whitlock, American singer, songwriter and musician (Derek and the Dominos), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 18 Jessica B. Harris, American culinary historian (High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 19 Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70's & 80's)
  • Mar 19 Peep Lassmann, Estonian concert pianist, and educator (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, 1992-present), born in Tartu, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (now Estonia)

Bobby Orr

Mar 20 Bobby Orr, Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

  • Mar 20 John de Lancie, American actor (Star Trek Next Generation - "Q"; Days of Our Lives), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 20 Pamela Sargent, American sci-fi author (Venus of Dreams, Cloned Lives), born in Ithaca, New York

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Mar 22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Phantom of the Opera; Cats), born in London, England

  • Mar 22 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band: McCoys), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • Mar 22 Wolf Blitzer, American television journalist (CNN), born in Augsburg, Germany
  • Mar 23 Wasim Bari, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mar 23 David Olney, American folk singer-songwriter, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2020)
  • Mar 25 Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band - "My Town"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • Mar 25 Lynn Faulds Wood, Scottish television presenter (Watchdog), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Mar 26 Kyung-Wha Chung, Korean violinist (Chung Sisters), born in Seoul, Korea
  • Mar 26 Richard Tandy, British rock bassist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 26 Steven Tyler, American rock vocalist (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"; "Dude Looks Like A Lady"), born in New York City
  • Mar 28 Dianne Wiest, American Academy, Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe Award-winning stage and screen actress (Bullets Over Broadway; Parenthood; Hannah & Her Sisters), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mar 28 John Evan, British rock keyboardist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Mar 28 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores - "Three Times a Lady"), born in Okolona, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • Mar 28 Gerry House, American radio personality (Gerry House and the House Foundation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 28 Matthew Corbett, British actor (The Sooty Show), born in Guiseley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Mar 29 Bud Cort, American actor and director (Electric Dreams, M*A*S*H), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Mar 30 Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, American rock vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • Mar 30 Justin Deas, American actor (As The World Turns, Santa Barbara), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 30 Mervyn King, English economist, Governor of the Bank of England (2003-13), born in Chesham Bois
  • Mar 30 Nigel Jones, British politician (LD), born in Cheltentham, England
  • Mar 30 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin, Ireland

Al Gore

Mar 31 Al Gore, American politician and environmentalist (Vice President: 1993-2001), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Mar 31 David Eisenhower, author and grandson of President Eisenhower (married Julie Nixon), born in West Point, New York
  • Mar 31 Rhea Perlman, American Emmy Award-winning actress (Taxi - "Zena"; Cheers - "Carla"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 31 Thijs van Leer, Dutch rock singer, organist, and flutist (Focus - "Hocus Pocus"; Introspection), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mar 31 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist (world champion 100k team road race), born in Mechelen, Flanders

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 5 Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson

Nat King Cole

Mar 28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York


Famous Divorces

Nat King Cole

Mar 22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • Mar 4 Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • Mar 5 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 6 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), dies at 33
  • Mar 8 Emily Bissell, American welfare worker and founder of Christmas Seals, dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Jan Masaryk, Czech statesman and Minister to London (1918-35), commits suicide or is murdered at 61
  • Mar 10 Zelda Fitzgerald [née Sayre], American writer (This Side of Paradise) and wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, dies at 47
  • Mar 13 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the U.K., dies at 77
  • Mar 24 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter, dies at 62
  • Mar 25 Warren Hymer, American actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), dies from a stomach ailment at 42
  • Mar 26 Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • Mar 27 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 28 Princess Henriette, Duchess of Vendôme and Alençon, dies at 77
  • Mar 29 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (b. 1881)
  • Mar 31 Egon Kisch, Austrian-Czech writer and journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62