What Happened in March 1950

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Mar 1 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • Mar 1 USSR issues golden roubles
  • Mar 3 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • 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 Championship in London won by Richard Button (USA)
  • Mar 8 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Mar 12 Belgium votes (58%) for return of King Leopold III
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XII encyclical "On combating atheistic propaganda"
  • Mar 13 General Motors reports net earnings of $656,434,232 (record)
  • Mar 14 FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • Mar 15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • Mar 16 1st annual National Book Awards
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Mar 19 City College of NY defeats Bradley to win the NIT
  • Mar 23 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 23 22nd Academy Awards: "All The King's Men", Broderick Crawford and Olivia de Havilland win

  • 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 Gracie de Moss wins LPGA Pro-Ladies Golf Championship
  • Mar 24 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 24 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 25 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power aboard Freebooter wins

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 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 NYC college becomes 1st to win NCAA & National Inv Basketball in same year
  • Mar 30 Phototransistor invention announced, Murray Hill, New Jersey

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Shahid Israr, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (in one Test v NZ 1976)
  • Mar 2 Karen Carpenter, vocalist/drummer (We Only Just Begun), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 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, rock vocalist (Tubes)
  • Mar 3 Tim Kazurinsky, comedian (SNL, 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, LPGA golfer (1985 Boston Five Classic), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Mar 4 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 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, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 7 Mark Pinter, Decorah Iowa, actor (Behind the Screen, Another World)
  • Mar 7 Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican singer and dancer
  • Mar 9 Danny Sullivan, American Indy-car racer (over 10 wins), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mar 10 Ted McKenna, rocker (Alex Harvey Band)
  • Mar 11 Bobby McFerrin, American vocalist and conductor (Don't Worry Be Happy-Grammy 1989), born in New York, 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 football manager
  • Mar 12 Wheeler Winston Dixon, American filmmaker, critic and author
  • Mar 13 Bernard Julien, West Indies cricketer (WI left-arm pace all-rounder mid-70's), 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, 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, son of US President Gerald & Betty Ford
  • Mar 15 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer
  • Mar 17 Betty Dukes, American Walmart employee who fought against gender discrimination (2001 Betty Dukes v. Walmart lawsuit), born in Tallulah, Louisiana
  • Mar 18 Brad Dourif, WV, actor (Ragtime, Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty)
  • Mar 18 James Conlon, American conductor (Cincinnati May Festival-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 John Hartman, Falls Church Va, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers)
  • Mar 18 Richard Kretchmer, English artist and historian
  • Mar 18 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver

Person of interestWilliam Hurt

Mar 20 William Hurt, actor (Big Chill, Children of a Lesser God), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Mar 21 Roger Hodgson, rock vocalist (Supertramp-It's Raining Again)
  • Mar 22 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (world champion 1982, 1989), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 Corrine Clery, actress (Moonraker, Yor), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 23 P R Scott, Headmaster (Bancroft's School, Woodford Green)
  • 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 musician (Shadowfax) (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Ernest Thomas, American actor (What's Happening!!), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 26 Graham Barlow, cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1976-77)

Person of interestMartin Short

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

  • Mar 26 Teddy Pendergrass, singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 26 Tony Papenfuss, American actor (Daryl-Newhart), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future, Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 27 Maria Ewing, American opera singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 27 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 27 Tony Banks, English musician and rock keyboardist (Genesis), born in East Hoathly, Sussex
  • Mar 27 Petros Efthymiou, Greek politician (Panhellenic Socialist Movement), born in Larissa, Thessaly
  • Mar 29 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), born in Albadaria, Guinea
  • Mar 30 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), born in Birmingham (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Dave McCurdy, (Rep-D-OK, 1981- )
  • Mar 30 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • Mar 30 Rupert Greenall, rock keyboardist (Fixx)

Person of interestRobbie Coltrane

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

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • Mar 31 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner
  • Mar 31 Richard Hughes, rocker (Johnny Winter Band)
  • Mar 31 Ed Marinaro, American actor (Joe-Hill St Blues, Sonny-Laverne & Shirley), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 24 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) weds Roberto Rossellini


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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 and 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, the only man in recorded human history ever to have been both a dwarf and a giant (b. 1899)
  • 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/US writer (Between the Races), dies at 78
  • Mar 19 Edgar Rice Burroughs, sci-fi author (Tarzan of the Apes), dies at 74
  • Mar 20 Walter Eucken, German economist, dies at 59
  • Mar 23 Douglas Carr, England cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
  • Mar 24 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician, dies at 84
  • 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