On This Day

What Happened in March 1950

Historical Events

Historic Event

Mar 1 Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Taiwan

  • Mar 1 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • Mar 1 USSR issues golden roubles
  • Mar 3 National-American Football League reverts to calling itself the NFL after 3 months
  • Mar 6 Silly Putty goes on sale in the US
  • Mar 7 Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)
  • Mar 7 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
  • Mar 7 Men's Figure Skating World Championship in London won by Dick Button (USA)
  • Mar 8 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)

Historic Event

Mar 9 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

  • Mar 12 Belgium votes (58%) for return of King Leopold III

Catholic Encyclical

Mar 12 Pope Pius XII encyclical "On combating atheistic propaganda"

Historic Event

Mar 13 General Motors Corporation reports record net earnings of $656,434,232

  • Mar 14 FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 269 performances
  • Mar 15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • Mar 16 1st annual National Book Awards

Historic Event

Mar 17 Belgian government of Gaston Eyskens resigns due to constitutional crisis

  • Mar 17 Element 98 (Californium) announced
  • Mar 18 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Mar 18 CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship

US Women's Golf Open

Mar 19 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 9 strokes from amateur Betsy Rawls

  • Mar 19 City College of NY defeats Bradley to win the NIT

Golf Tournament

Mar 19 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 2nd of 3 Titleholders titles by 8 strokes from amateur Claire Doran

  • Mar 23 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Mar 23 Sophocles Venizelos forms liberal Greek government
  • Mar 23 UN World Meteorological Org established
  • Mar 23 Frances Farmer is released from Western State Hospital
  • Mar 24 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 24 US Mens Figure Skating Championship won by Dick Button
  • Mar 25 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power wins aboard 10/1 Irish co-favourite Freebooter; estimated 500,00 in attendance including Royal Family
  • Mar 25 Wales outclasses France, 21-0 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown

Music Concert

Mar 27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

  • Mar 27 Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Mar 27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 28 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley, 71-68; City College of NY first to win NCAA & National Invitational Basketball in same year
  • Mar 30 Bell Telephone Laboratories announces invention of the phototransistor in Murray Hill, New Jersey

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Nick Mike-Mayer, American football placekicker (Pro Bowl 1973; Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills), born in Bologna, Italy
  • Mar 1 Riley Odoms, American football tight end (NFL Pro Bowl 1973–75, 78; First-Team All-Pro 1974, 75; Denver Broncos), born in Luling, Texas
  • Mar 2 Karen Carpenter, American pop vocalist and drummer ("We've Only Just Begun"; "Rainy Days And Mondays"; "Top Of The World"), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • Mar 2 Matthew Laurance, actor (Duet)
  • Mar 2 Mitchel Laurance, actor (LA Law, Not Necessarily the News)
  • Mar 2 Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier
  • Mar 3 Re Styles [Shirley Macleod], Dutch-American actress (Space Is The Place), designer, and rock vocalist (The Tubes, 1976-79), born in the Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • Mar 3 Tim Kazurinsky, American comic actor and screenwriter (SNL, 1980-84; Police Academy 2, 3, 4), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 4 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Mar 4 Judy Dickinson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1985), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Mar 4 Rafael Canizares Poey, Cuban basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Alacs Mtnzs, Cuba
  • Mar 4 Ofelia Medina, Mexican actress and screenwriter
  • Mar 4 Rick Perry, American politician, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • Mar 5 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • Mar 5 Harvey Jacob Alperin, actor (Cocktail), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 7 Franco Harris, American Hall of Fame NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Mark Pinter, American actor (Behind the Screen, Another World), born in Decorah, Iowa
  • Mar 7 Iris Chacón, Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and TV personality born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Mar 7 J.R. Richard, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; NL ERA leader 1979; NL strikeout leader 1978, 79; Houston Astros), born in Vienna, Louisiana (d. 2021)
  • Mar 9 Danny Sullivan, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1985, CART C'ship 1988), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mar 9 Andy North, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1978, 85; ESPN), born in Thorp, Wisconsin
  • Mar 9 Jerry Eubanks, American rock saxophonist and flautist (The Marshall Tucker Band, 1966-96 - "Can't You See"; "I Heard It In A Love Song"), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Mar 10 Ted McKenna, Scottish drummer (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band; Rory Gallagher), born in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire, (d. 2019)
  • Mar 11 Bobby McFerrin, American Grammy Award-winning vocalist ("Don't Worry Be Happy"), and classical music conductor, born in New York City, New York
  • Mar 11 Jerry Zucker, American director (Airplane, Naked Gun), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 12 Jon Provost, actor (Timmy-Lassie)
  • Mar 12 Willie Duggan, rugby football player
  • Mar 12 Javier Clemente, Spanish soccer manager (Spain 1992-98; Athletic Bilbao, Español, Atlético Madrid, Marseille; Serbia, Cameroon, Libya, Basque Country), born in Barakaldo, Spain
  • Mar 12 Wheeler Winston Dixon, American filmmaker, critic and author
  • Mar 13 Bernard Julien, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 50 wickets, 2 x 100s), born in Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Mar 13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-British-Australian boxer (European Champ 1971), born in Szőreg, Hungary
  • Mar 13 Steve Hill, American country vocalist (A Winning Hand)
  • Mar 13 William H. Macy, American actor (Homicide, Water Engine), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 13 Charles Krauthammer, American conservative political commentator and psychiatrist (The Washington Post), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • Mar 14 Michael Ford, American son of US President Gerald & Betty Ford
  • Mar 15 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer (The Olsen Brothers) won 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, born in Odense, Denmark
  • Mar 17 Betty Dukes, American Walmart employee who fought against gender discrimination (2001 Betty Dukes v. Walmart lawsuit), born in Tallulah, Louisiana
  • Mar 17 Michael Been, American musician (The Call), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • Mar 18 Brad Dourif, American actor (Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Mar 18 James Conlon, American conductor (Los Angeles opera, 2006-present; Cincinnati May Festival, 1979-2016; Ravinia Festival, 2005-15), born in Queens, New York City
  • Mar 18 John Hartman, American rock drummer (Doobie Brothers, 1970–79 & 1987–92 - "China Grove"), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • Mar 18 Richard Kretchmer, English artist and historian
  • Mar 18 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 18 Frank O’Keefe, American southern rock bassist (The Outlaws, 1968-76), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)

William Hurt

Mar 20 William Hurt, American Academy Award-winning actor (Big Chill; Children of a Lesser God; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Broadcast News), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2022) [1]

  • Mar 20 Tom Towles, American actor (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Mar 21 Roger Hodgson, British rock singer-songwriter (Supertramp - "Take The Long Way Home"; "Breakfast In America"), born in Portsmouth, England

Sergey Lavrov

Mar 21 Sergey Lavrov, Russian politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-), born in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union

  • Mar 21 Elena Firsova, Russian classical omposer (The Scent of Absence; Requiem), born in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
  • Mar 22 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 Corrine Clery, actress (Moonraker, Yor), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 23 Anthony De Longis, American actor
  • Mar 25 Ronald "Ronnie" McDowell, American country singer ("The King Is Gone"), born in Portland, Tennessee
  • Mar 25 Chuck Greenberg, American jazz and new age saxophonist, composer, and producer (Shadowfax), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Mar 25 Robert O'Reilly, American stage and screen actor (Star Trek - "Klingon Chancellor Gowron"), born in New York City
  • Mar 26 Ernest Thomas, American actor (What's Happening!!), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 26 Graham Barlow, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1976-77)

Martin Short

Mar 26 Martin Short, Canadian comedian (SNL; SCTV; 3 Amigos), born in Hamilton, Ontario

  • Mar 26 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Mar 26 Tony Papenfuss, American actor (Daryl-Newhart), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future films; Forrest Gump, Cosmos), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 27 Maria Ewing, American opera mezzo-soprano singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1976-97), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2022)
  • Mar 27 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 27 Tony Banks, British progressive rock keyboardist (Genesis - "Supper's Ready"), and film score and classical composer, born in East Hoathly, Sussex, England
  • Mar 27 Petros Efthymiou, Greek politician (Panhellenic Socialist Movement), born in Larissa, Thessaly
  • Mar 28 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • Mar 29 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), born in Albadaria, French Guinea (d. 2020)
  • Mar 30 Dave Ball, British guitarist (Procul Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Dave McCurdy, American lawyer, politician (US Representative for Oklahoma (D), 1981-95), and lobbyist, born in Canadian, Texas
  • Mar 30 Gene Bowen, American guitarist and composer (Wonder's Edge), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Mar 30 Rupert Greenall, British rock keyboardist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero"), born in Wisbech, England

Robbie Coltrane

Mar 30 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor (Harry Potter films) and comedian, born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

  • Mar 31 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner
  • Mar 31 Richard Hughes, American drummer (Johnny Winter Band, 1973-76), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • Mar 31 Ed Marinaro, American actor (Hill Street Blues - "Ofc Joe Coffey"; Laverne & Shirley, 1980-81 - "Sonny"), and NFL running back, 1972-77 (Minnesota Vikings and 2 other teams), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Ingrid Bergman

Mar 1 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) divorces dentist Petter Aron Lindström after 12 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American scientist & philosopher, dies at 70
  • Mar 2 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • Mar 4 Adam Rainer, Austrian man, only record human to ever to have been both a dwarf and a giant (b. 1899)
  • Mar 5 Edgar Lee Masters, American poet and novelist (Spoon River Anthology), dies at 81
  • Mar 5 Roman Shukhevych, Ukrainian nationalist and military leader, dies at 42
  • Mar 6 Lew Lehr, American comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), dies at 54
  • Mar 6 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), dies at 78
  • Mar 8 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 10 Marguerite De La Motte, American actress (b. 1902)
  • Mar 11 Florence Arliss, British actress (Disraeli), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 L Heinrich Mann, German/American writer (Between the Races), dies at 78
  • Mar 15 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), dies from acute internal haemorrhage at 50
  • Mar 17 Adolf Meyer, American psychiatrist and neurologist (pioneered mental hygiene), dies at 83
  • Mar 19 Edgar Rice Burroughs, American author (Tarzan of the Apes), dies at 74
  • Mar 19 Sir Walter Norman Haworth, British chemist (Nobel Prize, 1937), dies of a heart attack on his 67th birthday [1]
  • Mar 20 Walter Eucken, German economist, dies at 59
  • Mar 23 Douglas Carr, England cricket spin bowler (1 Test, 7 wickets; Kent CCC), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician, dies at 84
  • Mar 24 Harold Laski, English economist and Labour Party leader (1945-46), dies at 56
  • Mar 25 Frank Buck, American actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs), dies at 62
  • Mar 28 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier), dies at 67
  • Mar 30 Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), dies at 77