On This Day

Historical Events in March 1912

  • Mar 1 U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry performs first (attached-type) parachute jump from an airplane
  • Mar 1 Isabella Goodwin appointed first US woman detective, NYC
  • Mar 5 Spanish steamer "Principe de Asturias" sinks NE of Spain, 500 die
  • Mar 5 Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.

Scientific Discovery

Mar 7 Roald Amundsen announces his discovery of the South Pole (located 14 December 1911)

  • Mar 11 First Stanley Cup challenge game to be played in three 20-minute periods (formerly 30-minute halves), Quebec beats Moncton, 9-3 on way to series sweep

Election of Interest

Mar 11 Eleftherios Venizelos, leader of the Liberal Party, wins the Greek elections again.

Historic Event

Mar 12 Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) forms in Savannah, by Juliette Gordon Low

Film & TV History

Mar 12 Helen Hayes Theater (Little Theatre) opens at 240W 44th St, NYC

  • Mar 12 Establishment of the first football club in Bulgaria - Botev Plovdiv
  • Mar 13 Stanley Cup, Quebec Skating Rink, Quebec City, Quebec: Quebec Bulldogs rout Moncton Victorias (NB), 8-0 for a 2-0 sweep of the challenge series
  • Mar 13 Bulgaria and Serbia conclude an alliance pact ostensibly against Austria, but it secretly provides for a possible war against Turkey
  • Mar 14 King Vittorio Emanuel III of Italy injured in an assassination attempt

Sports History

Mar 15 Legendary pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511-315 win-loss record

  • Mar 16 American first lady Helen Herron Taft plants the 1st cherry tree in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 17 Camp Fire Girls organization announced by Mrs Luther Halsey Gulick
  • Mar 27 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

Mar 29 Captain Robert Falcon Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"

  • Mar 29 74th Grand National: Ernie Piggott wins aboard 4/1 co-favourite Jerry M
  • Mar 30 French protectorate in Morocco established