On This Day

March 1926 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 3 International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)
  • Mar 4 De Geer government in Netherlands takes office
  • Mar 6 China asks for a seat on the Security council
  • Mar 7 1st transatlantic telephone call (London-NY)
  • Mar 9 Bertha Landes elected 1st woman mayor of Seattle
  • Mar 10 Run on Belgian banks
  • Mar 11 Eamon da Valera ends leadership of Sinn Féin
  • Mar 12 Denmark begins unilateral disarmament

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Mar 12 Pope Pius XI names J E van Roey archbishop of Malines Belgium

259th Pope Pius XI
259th Pope
Pius XI
  • Mar 14 Train in Costa Rica falls into the Río Virilla, killing 248 and injuring 93
  • Mar 15 Belgium's "black monday", franc falls

InventionHistoric Invention

Mar 16 Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • Mar 17 Dutch Calvinists oust Rev J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3
  • Mar 17 Spain & Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations
  • Mar 24 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
  • Mar 26 ACD de Graeff appointed governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • Mar 26 First lip-reading tournament held in America
  • Mar 31 German Special Court of Justice for state security disbands

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Murray Rothbard, American economist (d. 1995)
  • Mar 3 James Ingram Merrill, American poet/author (Scripts for the Pageant)
  • Mar 3 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu (1982-1993), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)

Person of interestRichard DeVos

Mar 4 Richard DeVos, American businessman who co-founded Amway, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)

Co-founder of Amway Richard DeVos
Co-founder of Amway
Richard DeVos
  • Mar 4 James J. Eagan, Former Mayor of Florissant, Missouri (d. 2000)

Person of interestAlan Greenspan

Mar 6 Alan Greenspan, American economist, presidential advisor and Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States (1987-2006), born in NYC, New York

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Alan Greenspan
  • Mar 6 Elwood H [Bud] Hillis, (Rep-R-IN, 1971- )
  • Mar 9 Gerrit A. Kooy, Dutch sociologist (Apartheid & work in South Africa), born in Kedichem, The Netherlands
  • Mar 11 Adrienne Keith Cohen, travel editor
  • Mar 11 Patricia Tindaole, England, architect

Person of interestRalph Abernathy

Mar 11 Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), born in Linden, Alabama (d. 1990)

Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • Mar 11 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 12 David Oliver Williams, trade unionist (COHSE)
  • Mar 12 George R Ariyoshi, (Gov-D-Hawaii)
  • Mar 12 John C[lellon] Holmes, American writer (Horn)
  • Mar 12 Ronald Alley, art gallery manager (Tate Gallery)
  • Mar 13 F. H. McClintock, British criminologist, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Mar 15 Tim Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 16 Charles Goodell, American politician (d. 1987)
  • Mar 17 Siegfried Lenz, German writer (Ein Kriegsende)
  • Mar 22 Julius Marmur, American biochemist and geneticist (DNA research), born in Bialystok, Poland (d. 1996)
  • Mar 24 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), born in Sangiano (d. 2016)
  • Mar 25 Hans Rausing, Swedish British industrial billionaire (Tetra Pak)
  • Mar 27 Louis Blom-Cooper, barrister specialising in public and administrative law and co-editor of The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009, born in London
  • Mar 27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • Mar 28 Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, born in Madrid (d. 2014)
  • Mar 30 Lord Rayner [Derek Rayner], Norwich, Norfolk, English businessman and chief executive (Marks & Spencer)

Person of interestIngvar Kamprad

Mar 30 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), born in Pjätteryd, Sweden (d. 2018)

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad
  • Mar 31 John Fowles, British novelist (Collector, French Lieutenant's Woman), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2005)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Camilo Pessanha, Portuguese poet (China), dies at 58
  • Mar 5 Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer (b. 1841)
  • Mar 16 Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
  • Mar 17 Aleksei Brusilov, Russian general most noted for the development of new offensive tactics used in the 1916 Brusilov Offensive, dies at 72
  • Mar 26 Konstantin Fehrenbach, German reichs chancellor (1920-21), dies at 74