March 1941 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mar 1 German troops invade Bulgaria

Historic Event

Mar 1 Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp

  • 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

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)

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 15 Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151 people
  • Mar 16 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
  • Mar 16 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 20 Nazi-German Yugoslav pact drawn
  • Mar 22 Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation
  • Mar 24 British troops defeat Italians in Somaliland
  • Mar 24 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
  • Mar 24 Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 25 Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, South Carolina, incorporated
  • Mar 27 Adolf Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
  • Mar 27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
  • Mar 27 Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
  • Mar 28 Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
  • Mar 30 German counter offensive in North Africa
  • Mar 31 Ground broken for Union Square Garage, San Francisco

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Michael Lampton, American astronaut and founder of the optical ray tracing company "Stellar Software", born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 2 David Satcher, Amdniral and 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2001), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • Mar 6 Ann Winterton, British MP
  • Mar 9 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, born in Mesa, Arizona (d. 1976)
  • Mar 9 Ger van Elk, Dutch sculptor, born in Amsterdam (d. 2014)
  • Mar 10 George Smith, American Chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2018), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Mar 13 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, born in al-Birwa, Galilee (d. 2008)
  • Mar 16 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 2002)
  • Mar 17 Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese politician
  • Mar 18 John W. Derr, American politician
  • Mar 18 Wolfgang Bauer, writer
  • Mar 19 Lord Vestey, British food magnate/billionaire (Union International)
  • Mar 21 Dirk D Frimout, Belgian cosmonaut
  • Mar 22 Billy Collins, American poet (Poet Laureate of the United States 2001-2003), born in New York City
  • Mar 23 Jim Trelease, American educator and children's literature author
  • Mar 25 Gudmund Hernes, Norwegian politician
  • Mar 26 Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist (The God Delusion), born in Nairobi, Kenya Colony
  • Mar 26 Yvon Marcoux, Quebec politician, born in Lévis, Quebec
  • Mar 27 Charles Pashayan Jr., U.S. House of Representatives from California, born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 27 Ivan Gašparovič, President of Slovakia (2004-14), born in Poltár, Slovak Republic
  • Mar 29 Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., American astrophysicist (1993 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of a new type of pulsar), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 30 Bob Smith, American politician (Senator New Hampshire 1990-2003, Rep New Hampshire 1985-90), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Mar 30 Brendan O'Friel, CEO (Prison Governors Association)
  • Mar 30 Ron Johnston, English geographer, born in Swindon, England (d. 2020)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Constant W L Scheurleer, archaeologist/banker/art expert, dies at 59
  • Mar 3 Ernst Cahn, owner of Amsterdam Koco ice cream parlor, executed
  • Mar 5 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel 1927), dies at 82
  • Mar 6 John Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
  • Mar 6 Leen Schijvenschuurder, Dutch February strike leader, executed
  • Mar 7 Gunther Prien, German commandant (U-47), dies in battle
  • Mar 8 Sherwood Anderson, American author & publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
  • Mar 13 A Coenradi, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 Bernard Ijzerdraat, Dutch resistance fighter, executed by Nazi regime at 49
  • Mar 13 E Hellendoorn, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (The Time of Man), dies at 54
  • Mar 13 J Eyl, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 15 Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter, dies at 77
  • Mar 16 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Challenger), dies at 73
  • Mar 17 Joachim Schepke, German commandant (U-100), dies in battle
  • Mar 20 D A van den Bosch, anti-nazi clergyman (Amersfoort Camp), dies
  • Mar 21 Robert Liefmann, German economist (Kartelle und Trusts), dies at 67
  • Mar 24 (Rafaël) "Raf" Verhulst, Flemish poet, journalist, playwright (Jesus of Nazarus; Semini's Children), and educator, dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian Police Commissioner (b. 1877)

Virginia Woolf

Mar 28 Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline], British writer (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59