On This Day

What Happened in March 1952

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Egyptian government-Ali Maher Pasha resigns
  • Mar 1 Helgoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain
  • Mar 3 Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution

Historic Event

Mar 5 Terence Rattigan's stage drama "Deep Blue Sea" premieres in London

  • Mar 8 Antoine Pinay forms French government
  • Mar 9 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title

Coup d'état

Mar 10 Military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba

  • Mar 15 "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 performances
  • Mar 15 Greatest 24-hr rainfall begins: 187 cm at La Reunion, Indian Ocean
  • Mar 16 1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Island of Reunion (world record)

Golf Tournament

Mar 16 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 3rd Titleholders title by 7 strokes from Betsy Rawls

  • Mar 18 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 20 Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate
  • Mar 21 "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 performances
  • Mar 21 -22] Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths

Music Concert

Mar 21 25,000 attend the 1st rock & roll concert ever when Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena

  • Mar 22 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Frankfurt, killing 44
  • Mar 22 Wales wins Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam & Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at St. Helen's Ground, Swansea
  • Mar 23 NY Rangers blow 6-2 lead, lose 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks; Bill Mosienko scores fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds
  • Mar 24 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
  • Mar 26 14th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats St. Johns, 80-63; first tournament to have a true "Final Four" format
  • Mar 26 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi" premieres in Munich

Assassination Attempt

Mar 27 Failed assassination attempt of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer

  • Mar 27 Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records

Film Premiere

Mar 27 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • Mar 28 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 28 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 30 6th Tony Awards: "The Fourposter" and "The King & I" win

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Dave Barr, Canadian golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Mar 1 Steven Barnes, American writer
  • Mar 1 Leigh Matthews, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (Hawthorne FC), coach (Collingwood 1990 premiers; Brisbane 2001-03 premiers) and broadcaster (7 Network; 3AW), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 1 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (64 caps; Nottingham Forest) and manager (Rep of Ireland; Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland), born in Kilrea, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 1 Brian Winters, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1976, 78; Milwaukee Bucks) and coach (Vancouver Grizzlies; Golden State Warriors), born in Rockaway, New York
  • Mar 2 Laraine Newman, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 2 Mark Evanier, American writer
  • Mar 3 Robyn Hitchcock, British rock and folk singer-songwriter (The Soft Boys - "Balloon Man"; solo - Moss Elixir), born in Paddington, London, England
  • Mar 4 Ronn Moss, actor (Ridge-Bold & Beautiful, Santa Barbara), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Umberto Tozzi, Italian pop and rock singer, born in Turin, Italy
  • Mar 5 Alan Clark, British keyboardist (Dire Straits - "Sultans of Swing"; Tina Turner; Eric Clapton), producer, and composer, born in County Durham, England
  • Mar 6 Lyn Perrin, executive administrator (WIC)
  • Mar 7 Ernie Isley, American vocalist and guitarist (The Isley Brothers - "It's Your Thing"; "Heat is On"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 7 Lynn Swann, American College/Pro Football HOF wide receiver (USC; Super Bowl 1974, 75 [MVP], 78, 79; First-team All-Pro 1978; 3 × Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Alcoa, Tennessee
  • Mar 7 Viv Richards, Antiguan cricketer and master blaster (West Indies), born in St. Johns, British Leeward Islands
  • Mar 8 Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-14)
  • Mar 8 George Felix Allen, American politician
  • Mar 9 Uljana Semjonova, Soviet-Latvian basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Zarasai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Mar 9 William Kirby Cullen, American actor (How the West Was Won), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Mar 9 Ekkehard Fasser, Swiss bobsledder (Olympic gold, four-man 1988; World C'ship gold 1983; World Cup champion 1985-86), born in Glarus, Switzerland (d. 2021)
  • Mar 10 Oupa J. Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)
  • Mar 10 Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe politician

Douglas Adams

Mar 11 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2001)

  • Mar 11 Susan Richardson, Coatesville Pa, actress (Susan-8 is Enough)
  • Mar 12 Eliézer Niyitegeka, Rwandan journalist, politician and genocidaire
  • Mar 12 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • Mar 13 Wolfgang Rihm, German composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Mar 14 J. Fred Muggs, chimpanzee (Today show), born in French Cameroon

Martin Dempsey

Mar 14 Martin Dempsey, American General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2011-), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

  • Mar 15 Howard Koh, American state government official
  • Mar 15 Howard Devoto [Trafford], British singer-songwriter (Buzzcocks; Magazine; Luxuria), born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
  • Mar 16 Philippe Kahn, French-American entrepreneur
  • Mar 16 Graham Cole [Graham Coleman-Smith], English actor (The Bill), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • Mar 18 Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • Mar 18 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (11 x British flat racing Champion Jockey; 3 x Epsom Derby), born in Newbridge, Republic of Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Mar 19 Warren Lees, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (late 70's)

Harvey Weinstein

Mar 19 Harvey Weinstein, American film producer (Miramax) and convicted sex offender whose actions helped spark the #MeToo movement, born in NYC, New York

  • Mar 19 Gerard Huerta, American graphic designer and album cover artist (CBS Records - AC/DC, Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Rupert Holmes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 20 Anand Armitraj, India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
  • Mar 20 Geoff Brabham, Australian auto racer (IMSA GT Championship 1988-91), born in Sydney, NSW
  • Mar 22 Bob Costas, American sportscaster and talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 22 Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer, worked with Patti Smith, born in New York City
  • Mar 23 Kim Stanley Robinson, American sci-fi author (Mars Trilogy), born in Waukegan, Illinois

Rex Tillerson

Mar 23 Rex Tillerson, American businessman (ExxonMobil) and US Secretary of State (2017-18), born in Wichita Falls, Texas

  • Mar 24 Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 24 Reinhard Genzel, German astrophysicist (2020 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on black holes), born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, West Germany
  • Mar 24 Dolora Zajick, American mezzo-soprano (Verdi), and educator (Institute for Young Dramatic Voices), born in Salem, Oregon
  • Mar 25 Antanas Mockus, Colombian mathematician
  • Mar 26 David Amess, British politician (C), born in London
  • Mar 26 Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver, born in Villecresnes, France (d. 1987)
  • Mar 27 Chick Vennera, American actor (Thank God It's Friday; High Risk; Milagro Beanfield War; Animaniacs), born in Herkimer, New York (d. 2021)
  • Mar 27 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • Mar 27 Rocky Maffit, American percussionist (Champaign)
  • Mar 28 Tony Brise, English racing driver, born in Erith, Kent (d. 1975)
  • Mar 29 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Puerto Padre, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • Mar 30 Sam Clayton, American percussionist, congueros, and vocalist (Little Feat, Little Richard, Jimmy Buffet), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 31 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • Mar 31 Mike Rafter, England Rugby Union flanker (England 17 caps), born in Bristol, England

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Mar 8 Future US President Ronald Reagan (41) marries Nancy Davis (30) at the Little Brown Church in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles

  • Mar 24 Author of 'James Bond' novels, journalist and secret intelligence agent Ian Fleming marries Anne Geraldine Charteris

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Charles Scott Sherrington, British physiologist (Nobel 1932-functions of neurons), dies at 94
  • Mar 5 Vladimir Scherbachov, Soviet-Russian composer (Blokovskaya; The Thunderstorm) and professor (Leningrad Conservatory; Tbilisi Conservatory), dies at 63
  • Mar 7 Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (Autobiography of a Yogi), dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)
  • Mar 21 Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, executed
  • Mar 22 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, dies at 81
  • Mar 23 Klaas Schilder, Dutch vicar/theologist/antifascist, dies at 61
  • Mar 27 Kiichirō Toyoda, Japanese businessman and automobile maker (Toyota Motor Corporation). dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • Mar 31 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (Senate Majority Leader), dies at 74