On This Day

March 1932 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 12 pro-independence revolutionaries captured in and around Chittagong in Bengal province, British India are sentenced to deportation for life, two to three-year prison terms with the remaining 32 being acquitted.

Historic Event

Mar 1 The "Lindbergh kidnapping", 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead 12 May

  • Mar 7 Riots at Ford factory in Dearborn, Michigan, 4 killed

Historic Event

Mar 9 Eamon De Valera becomes President of Ireland

  • Mar 9 Former Chinese emperor Henry Pu-Yi installed as head of Manchuria

Historic Event

Mar 17 German police raid Adolf Hitler's Nazi headquarters

  • Mar 19 The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 20 Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kara-Kalpak ASSR
  • Mar 31 150 wild swans die in Niagara waterfall
  • Mar 31 Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, born in Topeka Kansas (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 Fred Storey, Canadian curler (World C'ship gold 1966, 68, 69), born in Empress, Alberta (d. 2019)
  • Mar 4 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom hot rod car designer, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2001)
  • Mar 4 Frank Wells, American entertainment executive (President of Walt Disney), born in Coronado, California (d. 1994)
  • Mar 5 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist
  • Mar 5 Earl Woods, American author (father of Tiger Woods; 2 x books about upbringing & coaching), born in Manhattan, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • Mar 9 Simon Heere Heeresma, Dutch writer and poet (Han de Wit goes in development aid), born in Amsterdam (d. 2011)
  • Mar 9 Sister Bernard Ncube, South African religious sister and anti-apartheid, born in Johannesburg (d. 2012)
  • Mar 11 Nigel Lawson, British government official (The Power Game)
  • Mar 12 Andrew Young, US ambassador to UN (1977-79)/(Mayor-D-Atlanta)
  • Mar 14 Naina Yeltsina, Russia's 1st First Lady (1991-99), born in Orenburg Region, Russia, Soviet Union
  • Mar 15 Alan Bean, American Naval captain and astronaut (Ap 12, Skylab 3, 4th to walk on the moon), born in Wheeler, Texas (2018)
  • Mar 15 David Alliance, Iran/British textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 16 Ronnie Walter Cunningham, Col USMC/astronaut (Apollo 7), born in Creston, Iowa
  • Mar 17 Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist, born in Devil's Lake, North Dakota (d. 2019)

F. W. de Klerk

Mar 18 F. W. de Klerk, South African President (1989-94) and winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa (d. 2021)

  • Mar 18 John Updike, Shillington Pa, poet/novelist (Rabbit Run)
  • Mar 22 Richard Thomas, British admiral (Royal Navy) and NATO representative, born in Rhyl, Wales (d. 1998)
  • Mar 24 Yuri Anatoyevich Ponomaryov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 18 backup)
  • Mar 28 Sven Oskar Lindqvist, Swedish writer (Myten om Wu Tao-tzu), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 29 William Charette, American navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, born in Ludington, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 Ted Morgan, French-American reporter and biographer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mar 31 John Jakes, writer (Sir Scoundrel, Great Women Reporters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 31 Nagisa Oshima, director (Town of Love & Hope), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti Orfici), dies at 46
  • Mar 5 Takuma Dan, Japanese baron/financier/industrial, murdered

Aristide Briand

Mar 7 Aristide Briand, 11 time Prime Minister of France (1909-22) and 1926 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 69

  • Mar 8 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer and tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, dies at 84
  • Mar 11 Dora Carrington, British Bloomsbury artist commits suicide aged 38
  • Mar 12 Ivar Kreuger, "Swedish Match King" industrialist, commits suicide

George Eastman

Mar 14 George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company), shoots himself in the heart at 77

  • Mar 20 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov, Russian biologist (artificial insemination of animals), dies at 61