On This Day

Historical Events in March 1934

  • Mar 1 Henry Pu Yi crowned Emperor Kang Teh of Manchuria

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 1 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats American challenger Tommy Loughran by unanimous points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC for the NYSAC and NBA heavyweight titles

  • Mar 2 Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha

Historic Event

Mar 3 John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol

  • Mar 4 Easter Cross on Mt. Davidson (San Francisco) dedicated
  • Mar 5 Mother-in-law's day 1st celebrated (Amarillo, Texas)
  • Mar 6 Sidney Howard & Paul de Kruif's "Yellowjacket" premieres in NYC

Famous Photo

Mar 8 Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars

  • Mar 10 Longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games with 15 wins, 3 ties
  • Mar 10 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Suzanne Davis
  • Mar 10 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 12 Acting President Constantine P├Ąts commits coup in Tallinn, Estonia

Music History

Mar 12 Paul Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Berlin

  • Mar 15 US Information Service opens
  • Mar 16 US Congress passes Migratory Bird Conservation Act
  • Mar 16 Academy Award gold statuette 1st called Oscar in print by Sidney Skolsky

Academy Awards

Mar 16 6th Academy Awards: "Cavalcade" and its director Frank Lloyd, Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII), and Katharine Hepburn (Morning Glory) win; host Will Rogers announces "Come and get it, Frank" and Frank Capra gets up

Treaty of Interest

Mar 17 Dollfuss, Mussolini & Gombos sign Donau Pact (protocols of Rome)

  • Mar 17 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown
  • Mar 20 Rudolf Kuhnold demonstrates radar in Kiel Germany

Sports History

Mar 20 American all-round female super athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitches a hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in their exhibition pre-season baseball game against Brooklyn Dodgers

  • Mar 21 Fire destroys Hakodate Japan, killing about 1,500
  • Mar 22 Fire destroys Hakodate, Japan, kills 1,500, injures 1,000
  • Mar 23 93rd Grand National: Gerry Wilson wins aboard 8/1 Golden Miller in race record 9:20.04; becomes only horse to win both UK's premier steeplechases with Cheltenham Gold Cup victory 1934
  • Mar 24 U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act, declaring the Philippines independent after a period of 10 years
  • Mar 25 1st Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins with 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, 1 stroke ahead of Craig Wood
  • Mar 26 Driving tests introduced in Britain
  • Mar 29 Bank of Travail in Belgium, socialist workers' movement bankrupt
  • Mar 31 Netherlands Indies BC Ltd begins radio transmission (Indonesia)