What Happened in March 1949

Historical Events

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Mar 1 Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Mar 1 The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals
  • Mar 1 Indonesia seizes Yogyakarta from the Dutch.
  • Mar 2 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
  • Mar 2 Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Texas, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs

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Mar 4 Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Mar 4 Piet Van de Pol (Neth) becomes world champion billiard player
  • Mar 4 Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel

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Mar 5 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Mar 5 The Jharkhand Party is founded in India.
  • Mar 8 WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8 WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • Mar 9 Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 9 England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes
  • Mar 10 Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
  • Mar 13 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 13 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 15 WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 16 6th Golden Globes: Johnny Belinda, Laurence Olivier, & Jane Wyman win

  • Mar 18 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
  • Mar 18 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Mar 21 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 23 Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story" premieres in NYC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 24 21st Academy Awards: "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win, Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win awards

  • Mar 24 SS police chief in the Netherlands Hanns Albin Rauter's request for a pardon denied, executed by firing squad
  • Mar 26 11th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State 46-36
  • Mar 26 103rd Grand National: Leo McMorrow aboard Russian Hero wins
  • Mar 29 Turkey recognizes Israel
  • Mar 30 Riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joins NATO
  • Mar 31 Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Sido Martens, Dutch guitarist/singer/mandolin player (Fungus)
  • Mar 1 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu
  • Mar 2 Gates McFadden, American actress (Beverly Crusher-Star Trek Next Generation), born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Mar 2 Alain Chamfort [Le Govic ], French singer, born in Paris, France
  • Mar 3 Bonnie J Dunbar, Sunnyside Wash, PhD/astro (STS 61-A, 32, 50, 71, 89)
  • Mar 3 James S Voss, Cordova Alabama, Major USA/astronaut (STS 44, 53, 69)
  • Mar 3 Jüri Allik, Estonian psychologist
  • Mar 3 Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter
  • Mar 5 Franz Josef Jung, Commander-in-chief of the German Bundeswehr
  • Mar 6 Donald York, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • Mar 6 Martin Buchan, Scottish soccer player
  • Mar 7 Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician
  • Mar 7 Rex Hunt, Australian TV and radio personality and former Australian rules player, born in Mentone, Australia
  • Mar 8 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 9 Kalevi Aho, Finnish composer, born in Forssa,
  • Mar 9 Tapani Kansa, Finnish singer
  • Mar 11 Richard de Bois, Dutch drummer/producer
  • Mar 12 Bill Payne, rock keyboardist (Little Feat-Time Loves a Hero), born in Waco, Texas
  • Mar 12 David Mellor, secretary of the British treasury/MP
  • Mar 12 Mary Alice Williams, news reporter (NBC-TV)
  • Mar 12 Mike Gibbons, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • Mar 12 Sara Lane, American actress (Elizabeth Grainger-The Virginian), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 12 Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • Mar 12 Moctesuma Esparza, Mexican-American producer and filmmaker
  • Mar 13 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (d. 1974)
  • Mar 13 Julia Migenes, American soprano
  • Mar 14 Michael Stedman, British World War I Historian and Author
  • Mar 15 John Duttine, actor (Day of the Triffids)
  • Mar 16 Erik Estrada, actor (CHiPs), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 16 Bertha Knox Gilkey, welfare & tenament rights for urban women
  • Mar 16 Elliott Murphy, US singer/songwriter
  • Mar 16 Victor Garber, actor (Days & Nights of Molly Dodd), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 17 Patrick Duffy, Townsend Mont, actor (Bobby-Dallas, Man from Atlantis)
  • Mar 17 Pat Rice, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • Mar 18 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2X world-champ)
  • Mar 18 Starr Danias, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • Mar 18 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • Mar 19 Denny Albee, American actor (Dr Janssen-One Life to Live), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Mar 20 Marcia Ball, American singer and pianist
  • Mar 21 Eddie Money, [Mahoney], singer/guitarist (Take Me Home Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 21 Alvin Kallicharran, cricketer (wonderful West Indies LHB 1972-81)
  • Mar 21 Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher and cultural critic, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Mar 22 Brian Hanrahan, British TV newsman (BBC)
  • Mar 22 D Watson, director (Brighton U)
  • Mar 22 Fanny Ardant, Monte Carlo, actress (Australia, Confidentially Yours)
  • Mar 23 Karen English, (Rep-D-Arizona)
  • Mar 23 Ric Ocasek, Balt, rock vocalist (Cars-Double Life, Bye Bye Love)
  • Mar 23 Roland Lee, American Watercolor Artist
  • Mar 24 Steve Lang, rock bassist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 24 Nick Lowe, England, rock vocalist (Rockpile-Cruel to be Kind)
  • Mar 25 Jean Potvin, Canadian NHL player, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 25 Neil Jones, musician (Bend Me Shape Me)
  • Mar 26 Baroness Hayman [Hélène Hayman], Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords
  • Mar 26 Fran Sheehan, American rock bassist (Boston-More than a Feeling), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 26 Vicki Lawrence, actress (Carol Burnett, Mama's Family), born in Inglewood, California
  • Mar 26 Patrick Süskind, German writer
  • Mar 27 Patrick Deuchar, CEO (Albert Hall)
  • Mar 28 Milan Williams, US keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady)
  • Mar 28 Ronnie Ray Smith, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Mar 28 Shafiq Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman during the 70's)
  • Mar 28 Michael W. Young, American geneticist (Nobel Prize 2017, cicadian rhythms), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 29 Michael Brecker, rocker (Brecker Brothers)
  • Mar 29 Uton Dowe, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1972-73 "Dowe shall not bowl")
  • Mar 29 Keith Simpson, British politician
  • Mar 30 Leslie Joan Corn, theatre producer/director/writer
  • Mar 30 Sue Cook, British broadcaster
  • Mar 30 Naomi Sims, American fashion model and businesswoman
  • Mar 30 Liza Frulla, Quebec politician
  • Mar 30 Dana [Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein] Gillespie, English actress and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar), born in Surrey, England

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 11 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter and poet, dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Francis Dodd, English artist (b. 1874)
  • Mar 10 James Rector, American athlete (b. 1884)
  • Mar 11 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 12 Maria "Beppie" Bakker, Dutch actress/wife of Piet Vink Sr, dies at 95
  • Mar 13 Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
  • Mar 14 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (b. 1873)
  • Mar 17 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), dies from Leukemia at 57
  • Mar 17 Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • Mar 25 Hanns A Rauter, German SS-commandant in Netherland, executed at 54
  • Mar 28 Grigoras Dinicu, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 30 Dattaram Dharmaji Hindlekar, cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 30 Friedrich Bergius, German chemist (benzine from brown coal, Nobel 1931), dies at 64