On This Day

Historical Events in March 1941

Historic Publication

Mar 1 Captain America created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is first published by Timely Comics (premiere issue released on December 20, 1940)

  • Mar 1 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mar 1 Former University of Notre Dame star fullback Elmer Layden is named first Commissioner of the NFL
  • Mar 1 German troops invade Bulgaria

Historic Event

Mar 1 Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp

  • Mar 1 Rangers' goalie Dave Kerr becomes the 5th goaltender in NHL history to record 200 career victories when New York wins, 3-1 over the Canadiens at Montreal
  • Mar 2 World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.

Historic Event

Mar 3 Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin

  • Mar 4 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague
  • Mar 4 Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Sam LoPresti faces NHL record 83 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston

Historic Event

Mar 4 Serbian Prince Paul visits Adolf Hitler

  • Mar 4 The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
  • Mar 7 3rd largest snowfall then in NYC history (18.1")
  • Mar 7 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece during WWII
  • Mar 7 British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • Mar 8 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
  • Mar 10 Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts all players will wear batting helmets

Sports History

Mar 11 Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minnesota, to become wrestling champ

Historic Event

Mar 11 FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill, allowing US to provide material support to Great Britain's war effort in return for future use of land for US military bases in England

  • Mar 12 German occupiers confiscate AVRO studios in Netherlands
  • Mar 13 A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand)
  • Mar 14 Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies
  • Mar 14 Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
  • Mar 15 Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151 people
  • Mar 16 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60

Music History

Mar 16 Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize

  • Mar 16 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
  • Mar 20 Nazi-German Yugoslav pact drawn

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 21 In a hard fought 15th title defence Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in the 13th round at Olympia Stadium, Detroit to retain NYSAC heavyweight boxing crown

  • Mar 22 Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation

Film & TV History

Mar 22 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

  • Mar 24 British troops defeat Italians in Somaliland
  • Mar 24 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya

Sports History

Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie "Sun Valley Serenade", starring Sonja Henie and John Payne, for 20th Century Fox

  • Mar 24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • Mar 24 Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 25 Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, South Carolina, incorporated
  • Mar 27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
  • Mar 27 Adolf Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
  • Mar 27 Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
  • Mar 28 Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy

Music Premiere

Mar 29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"

  • Mar 29 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Washington State, 39-34; Badgers' forward John Kotz is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Mar 29 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • Mar 30 German counter offensive in North Africa
  • Mar 31 Ground broken for Union Square Garage, San Francisco