Historical Events in March 1946

  • Mar 1 British government nationalises and takes control of the Bank of England, after 252 years
  • Mar 1 Panama accepts its new constitution
  • Mar 2 Dutch troops land on East Bali

Election of Interest

Mar 2 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam

  • Mar 2 Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 3 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 3 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 5 Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.

Historic Event

Mar 5 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri, popularizes the term and draws attention to the division of Europe

  • Mar 6 France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
  • Mar 7 "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 performances

Bikini Atoll is Evacuated

Mar 7 Bikini Atoll islanders are evacuated by the US government to make way for a nuclear testing site

  • Mar 7 Max Frisch' play "Santa Cruz" premieres in Zurich
  • Mar 8 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use (NYC)
  • Mar 9 Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang

Sports History

Mar 9 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

  • Mar 10 Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju, northeast Brazil
  • Mar 13 Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms Belgian government - shortest Belgian government (ends 31 March)

Film Premiere

Mar 14 American film noir classic "Gilda", starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford, and directed by Charles Vidor, premieres in New York City

Agreement of Interest

Mar 15 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence

  • Mar 16 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Mar 19 French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique & Reunion become overseas "departments" of France
  • Mar 19 Nikolai Mikhailovich Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR
  • Mar 21 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
  • Mar 21 UN set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
  • Mar 22 1st US rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles up)
  • Mar 22 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
  • Mar 23 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats North Carolina, 43-40; Cowboys' back-to-back titles and center Bob Kurland MOP for 2nd straight year

Music Premiere

Mar 25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto", by Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, at Carnegie Hall, New York City

  • Mar 28 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
  • Mar 29 1st Test Cricket between Australia & NZ
  • Mar 29 Australian cricket bowlers Bill O'Reilly (5/14) and Ernie Toshack (4/12) rout NZ for 42 in one-off Test in Wellington; Test debuts of greats Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller & Don Tallon

Golden Globes

Mar 30 3rd Golden Globes: "The Lost Weekend" and its star Ray Milland, & Ingrid Bergman win

  • Mar 30 Australia beats NZ in cricket at 3 30pm on 2nd day

Music Premiere

Mar 30 Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's musical "St Louis Woman", starring Pearl Bailey and featuring the Nicholas Brothers, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 113 performances

  • Mar 30 Last Test Cricket appearance of Bill O'Reilly (5-14 & 3-19)
  • Mar 31 Belgian government of Acker forms
  • Mar 31 Belgian government of Spaak resigns - shortest ever Belgian government
  • Mar 31 First election is held in Greece after World War II