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Historical Events in March 1930

  • Mar 2 1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building
  • Mar 4 Coolidge Dam in Arizona dedicated
  • Mar 4 Emma Fahning bowls 1st sanctioned 300 game by a woman
  • Mar 4 Terrible floods ransack Languedoc and the surrounds in south-west France, resulting in twelve departments being submerged by water and causing the death of over 700 people.
  • Mar 7 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • Mar 7 NY Times agrees to capitalize the n in "Negro"

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Mar 8 Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth"

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 9 Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's satirical opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" premieres in Leipzig, Germany
  • Mar 11 William Taft, US 27th President & Chief Justice buried in Arlington

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Mar 12 Mahatma Gandhi begins his famous 200 mile (300km) protest march against the widely hated British salt tax

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mar 12 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh] sets world record for the 220-yard dash (0:26.1)
  • Mar 13 Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory
  • Mar 15 1st seaplane glider flown at Port Washington, NY
  • Mar 15 1st streamlined submarine of US navy, USS Nautilus, launched
  • Mar 16 USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine
  • Mar 18 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game

  • Mar 19 Nakagawa Soen accepted as a student of Katsube Keigaku Roshi
  • Mar 20 Clessie Cummins sets diesel engine speed record of 129.39 kph

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Mar 20 American fast food restaurant chain "KFC" [Kentucky Fried Chicken] is founded by Colonel Harland Sanders in North Corbin, Kentucky

Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Businessman and Restaurateur
Colonel Sanders
  • Mar 23 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 23 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 24 1st religious services telecast in US (W2XBS NYC)
  • Mar 26 Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway
  • Mar 27 1st US radio broadcast from a ship at sea
  • Mar 28 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)

Istanbul – The Queen of CitiesIstanbul – The Queen of Cities

Mar 28 Turkish cities Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara

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The magnificent Hagia Sophia ranked as the world's largest cathedral for a thousand years
The magnificent Hagia Sophia ranked as the world's largest cathedral for a thousand years
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  • Mar 29 Heinrich Brüning is appointed German Reichskanzler.
  • Mar 29 89h Grand National: 10-year-old 100/8 shot Shaun Goilin, ridden by jockey Tommy Cullinan, wins by a neck from Melleray's Belle
  • Mar 30 Babberich-H soccer team forms
  • Mar 31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years