On This Day

Historical Events in March 1938

  • Mar 1 Federal Trade Commission orders 8 manufacturers and the PGA of America to end their practice of golf ball price-fixing
  • Mar 2 Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California)
  • Mar 2 Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union
  • Mar 3 American Bowling Congress' largest tournament (24,765 competitors)

Academy Awards

Mar 10 10th Academy Awards: "The Life of Emile Zola", Spencer Tracy & Luise Rainer win

Film Premiere

Mar 10 "Jezebel" film premieres directed by William Wyler, starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, from the play by Owen Davis

  • Mar 11 Artur Seyss-Inquart replaces Kurt von Schuschnigg as Chancellor of Austria; German troops also entered the country
  • Mar 12 Nazi Germany invades Austria (Anschluss)
  • Mar 13 In a process known as Anschluss, Austria is annexed into Nazi Germany
  • Mar 13 World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.

Music Premiere

Mar 16 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

  • Mar 16 Temple defeats Colorado to win 1st NIT
  • Mar 18 NY 1st requires serological blood tests of pregnant women
  • Mar 18 President Cardena of Mexico nationalizes US & British oil companies
  • Mar 19 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Americans combine to score 8 goals in just under 5 minutes; Toronto wins game 8-5
  • Mar 19 Scotland beats England, 21-16 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup

Sports History

Mar 23 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis frees 74 St Louis Cardinals minor league players

  • Mar 25 97th Grand National: 17 year old jockey Bruce Hobbs wins aboard 40/1 Battleship; first US bred and owned winner; only horse to win GN and American Grand National (1934)

Radio History

Mar 26 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

  • Mar 27 The Battle of Taierzhuang takes place.