On This Day

What Happened in March 1951

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 1st NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 111-94; MVP: Ed Macauley, Boston Celtics, G
  • Mar 3 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • Mar 6 Belgium extends conscription to 24 months

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 7 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for 2nd time to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Theater Premiere

Mar 7 Lillian Hellman's play "Autumn Garden" premieres on Broadway in NYC

  • Mar 8 Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel)

Historic Event

Mar 9 Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submit a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab, in which they proposed their revolutionary new design, staged implosion, for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb

  • Mar 10 "Where's Charley?" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 56 performances

Historic Event

Mar 10 FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner

  • Mar 10 Ireland clinches their 7th Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-3 draw against Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff
  • Mar 12 Baseball Commish Happy Chandler loses fight (9-7) to stay in office
  • Mar 12 Communist troops driven out of Seoul
  • Mar 12 Comic strip "Dennis the Menace," 1st appears in the British comic magazine The Beano'
  • Mar 13 2nd Dutch government of Drees forms
  • Mar 13 Israel demands DM 6.2 billion compensation from Germany
  • Mar 14 Earthquake at Euskirchen, Germany
  • Mar 15 UN forces recapture Seoul, the fourth and final time the city changes hands in the Korean War
  • Mar 15 Persia nationalizes Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
  • Mar 17 Government of Drees takes power
  • Mar 17 Test cricket debut of great English fast bowler Brian Statham, England v NZ at Christchurch; goes on to play 70 Tests, 252 wickets @ 24.84
  • Mar 18 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Pat O'Sullivan wins her only major title by 2 strokes from fellow amateur Beverly Hanson
  • Mar 19 Herman Wouk's novel "The Caine Mutiny" published (Pulitzer Prize 1952)
  • Mar 20 Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java
  • Mar 20 Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded
  • Mar 21 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea
  • Mar 23 Wages in France increase 11%
  • Mar 25 5th Tony Awards: "Guys & Dolls" (musical) and "The Rose Tattoo" (play) win
  • Mar 25 E Purcell & EM Ewen detect 21-cm radiation at Harvard physics lab

Historic Event

Mar 26 United States Air Force flag officially adopted by President Harry S. Truman

  • Mar 27 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas, 68-58; Wildcats' 3rd title; 16-team field is introduced

Music Recording

Mar 27 Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"

Historic Event

Mar 29 American citizens Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted and sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union

Theater Premiere

Mar 29 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King and I", based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam", opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for1 246 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards; Star Yul Brynner would lead the cast of the 1956 film version, and play the role over 4,200 times

Music Premiere

Mar 30 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony commissioned to mark the University of Minnesota's centennial, debuts by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti conducting

  • Mar 31 US tanks exceed 38° of latitude in Korea

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Barbara DeAngelis, talk show hostess (Barbara DeAngelis Show)
  • Mar 1 Jocelyn Guevremont, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NHL All Star 1974; Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 1 Paula Sperber-Carter, American bowler (US Open 1971; USBC Hall of Fame), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 1 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Mar 2 Cassie Yates, Macon Ga, actress (Osterman Weekend, Dynasty)
  • Mar 3 Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 3 Lindsay Cooper, British bassoonist, oboe player, and composer (Henry Cow; News from Babel), born in Hornsey, North London, England (d. 2013)
  • Mar 3 Rustee Allen, American funk and jazz fusion bass guitar player (Sly and the Family Stone, 1972-75; Robin Trower; Bobby Womack), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Mar 4 Chris Rea, English rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer ("Fool (If You Think It Is Over)"), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • Mar 4 Gwen Welles, American actress (Desert Hearts, Sticky Fingers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Mar 4 Kenny Dalglish, Scottish football player (100+ goals) and manager
  • Mar 4 Edelgard Bulmahn, German politician
  • Mar 4 Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, American novelist (Dictee), born in Busan, South Korea (d. 1982)
  • Mar 4 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer ("Nerai uchi"), and actress (Kamen Island), born in Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Mar 5 Rodney Hogg, cricketer (prolific Australian wicket-taker 1978-84)
  • Mar 5 Giorgos Ninios, Greek actor
  • Mar 6 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1978; Amstel Gold Race 1974, 85), born in Amsterdam, New Holland (d. 2004)
  • Mar 6 Walter Trout, American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter (Canned Heat; Bluesbreakers), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 (Francis) Rocco Prestia, American funk-rock bassist (Tower of Power),born in Sonora, California (d. 2020)
  • Mar 8 Philippe Henri Edmonds, cricketer (in Zambia England slow left-arm)
  • Mar 9 Michael Kinsley, American journalist and editor, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 9 Helen Zille, South African politician, born in Johannesburg
  • Mar 9 Zakir Hussain, Punjabi tabla virtuoso, composer, producer (Global Drum Project), and film actor, born in Mahim, India
  • Mar 11 Katie Kissoon [Farthing], Trinidadian-British pop singer ("Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"), and session and touring backing vocalist (Van Morrison; Eric Clapton; Roger Water; Mark Knopfler), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Mar 12 Caren Kaye, actress (My Tutor, Bambi-Blansky's Beauties), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 12 Jack Green, Scottish musician (T. Rex, 1973-74; The Pretty Things, 1974-76), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 13 Fred Berry, African-American actor (Rerun-What's Happening), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Mar 14 Rigdon "Rick" Dees, American actor, voice artist and radio disc jock (The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Mar 14 Jerry Greenfield, American businessman and co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 16 Kate Nelligan, actress (Bethune, Eye of the Needle), born in London, Ontario
  • Mar 16 Ray Benson, American country singer (House of Blue Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 16 Ritchie Teeter, American drummer (The Dictators, 1976-79; Twisted Sister, 1980-81) (d. 2012)

Kurt Russell

Mar 17 Kurt Russell, American actor (Thing, Overboard, Mean Seasons), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

  • Mar 17 Scott Gorham, American rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"; "21 Guns"), born in Glendale, California
  • Mar 17 Donald Findlay, Scottish lawyer, born in Cowdenbeath, Scotland
  • Mar 18 Ben Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 18 (Patrick) "Paul" Barber, English stage and screen actor (The Full Monty; Only Fools and Horses - "Denzil"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 18 Bill Frisell, American jazz guitarist, composer, and band leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 18 Tret Fure, American contemporary folk singer-songwriter, and audio engineer, born in Iowa
  • Mar 19 Derek Longmuir, Scottish rock drummer (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 20 Guy Perry [Adrian Peritore], American rock guitarist (Motels, 1982-87 - "Only the Lonely"; "Suddenly Last Summer"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 20 Jimmie Vaughan, American blues-rock guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds - "Wrap It Up"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 20 Madan Lal, cricketer (Indian medium pacer in the 70's)
  • Mar 20 Tanya Boyd, actress (Celeste-Days of our Life), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 20 Curt Smith, American author and media host
  • Mar 20 Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, Tunisian soccer midfielder (35 caps; CS Sfaxien), born in Sfax, Tunisia (d. 2020)
  • Mar 20 Suzanne Lynch (née Donaldson), New Zealand pop singer (The Chicks), and session vocalist (Car Stevens), born in New Zealand
  • Mar 21 Russell Thompkins Jr, American soul tenor, lead singer (Stylistics - "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 21 Conrad Lozano, American rock bass player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 22 Howard Reitzes, American rocker (Iron Butterfly). born in Southgate, California
  • Mar 22 Musa Manarov, Soviet cosmonaut who spent 541 days in space (Soyuz TM-4, TM-11), born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR
  • Mar 23 Lis Howell, British broadcaster (director of programs GMTV), born in Liverpool. England
  • Mar 23 Karen Young, American disco singer ("Hot Shot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Mar 23 Phil Keaggy, American rock and contemporary Christian music acoustic and electric guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist (Glass Harp), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Mar 24 Dougie Thompson, Scottich bassist (Supertramp - "Bloody Well Right"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 24 Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 24 Kenneth S Reightler Jr, Patuxent R Md, Cmdr USN/astro (STS 48, 60)

Pat Bradley

Mar 24 Pat Bradley, American golfer (6 LPGA major titles; US Open 1981), born in Westford, Massachusetts

  • Mar 24 Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer, born in Elmira, New York
  • Mar 25 Bob Pelander, American rock keyboardist/vocalist (Michael Stanley Band, 1976-87), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 25 Maisie Williams, British vocalist (Boney M), born in Brades, Montserrat, British West Indies
  • Mar 27 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins), born in Montreal
  • Mar 28 Karen Kain, Canadian ballet dancer, 1973-97 (Moscow International Ballet Competition, 1973), and artistic director (National Ballet of Canada, 2005-21), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Mar 28 Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1995)
  • Mar 28 Chip Reese, American poker player (3 x World Series of Poker bracelets), born in Centerville, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Mar 29 Geoff Howarth, New Zealand cricket batsman (47 Tests, 30 as captain, 6 x 100s, HS 147; Surrey CCC, Auckland CA, Northern Districts CA), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 30 Yves Séguin, Quebec politician
  • Mar 31 Henry Spinetti, Welsh session and touring drummer (Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Katie Melua), born in in Cwm, Monmouthshire, Wales

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 6 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), dies at 58
  • Mar 6 Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian politician and statesman, dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Haj Ali Razmara, 33rd Prime Minister of Iran (1950-51), assassinated at 49
  • Mar 8 Honeymoon Killers, dies in electric chair
  • Mar 8 John Winter Thompson, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 10 Kijūrō Shidehara, Japanese politician and diplomat, Prime minister of Japan (1945-46), dies at 78
  • Mar 11 Philippe of Isacker, Belgian minister, dies at 66
  • Mar 13 Alfred Hugenberg, German politician and media magnate, dies at 85
  • Mar 13 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), dies at 67
  • Mar 15 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-born astronomer (b. 1889)
  • Mar 20 Kathleen Lockhart Manning, American composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 22 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), dies at 79

Eddie Collins

Mar 25 Eddie Collins, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 17, 29, 30; AL MVP 1914; 4 x AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia A's, Chicago WS), dies of heart problems at 63

  • Mar 25 Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong), dies of a heart attack at 41
  • Mar 26 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico, dies at 86
  • Mar 29 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), dies at 63
  • Mar 31 Ralph Forbes [Taylor], British screen and stage actor (Romeo and Juliet; Piccadilly Jim; Daniel Boone), dies at 46