On This Day

March 1947 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 International Monetary Fund begins operation
  • Mar 6 XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc, CA
  • Mar 7 The Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War.
  • Mar 9 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 9 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 12 Belgian government of Huysmans resigns

Historic Event

Mar 12 US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism

  • Mar 15 John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy
  • Mar 16 Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested

Historic Event

Mar 17 Arnold J. Toynbee appears on the front cover of Time magazine

  • Mar 19 Belgian government of Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms

Victory in Battle

Mar 19 Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conquers Jenan

  • Mar 20 180 tonne blue whale (record) caught in South Atlantic

Catholic Encyclical

Mar 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur

  • Mar 21 US President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
  • Mar 21 U.S. President Harry Truman signs executive order 9835 requiring "complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States" of Federal employees
  • Mar 24 Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency

Historic Event

Mar 24 John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

  • Mar 25 Agreement of Linggadjati ratified in Batavia
  • Mar 25 Coal mine explosion in Centralia, Illinois kills 111

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 3 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2006)
  • Mar 3 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • Mar 6 Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
  • Mar 7 Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician
  • Mar 8 Florentino Pérez, Spanish football executive
  • Mar 8 Don Brooks, American session and touring harmonica player (Waylon Jennings; Ken Burns' "The Civil War"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2000)
  • Mar 9 Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist, poet and short-story writer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Kim Campbell

Mar 10 [Avril] Kim Campbell, Canada's 1st female Prime Minister and 19th overall (1993), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

  • Mar 10 Laurie Langenbach, Dutch author
  • Mar 10 Paul Condon, Baron Condon, former Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police
  • Mar 10 Bob Greene, American journalist
  • Mar 11 Geoffrey Hunt, Australia, world-champion squash player

Mitt Romney

Mar 12 Mitt Romney, 70th Republican Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate, born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Mar 12 Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)
  • Mar 14 Jan at Veldhuis, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • Mar 14 Jimmy O'Rourke, rocker
  • Mar 14 William Jefferson, (Rep-D-Louisiana)
  • Mar 14 Pam Ayres, British poet
  • Mar 15 Larisa Grigoriyevna Pozharskaya, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 17 James Morrow, American author
  • Mar 17 Jan Andersson, Swedish politician
  • Mar 18 Steven H Schiff, (Rep-R-New Mexico)
  • Mar 18 Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
  • Mar 19 John Beckwith, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 20 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist

James Patterson

Mar 22 James Patterson, American author (Alex Cross, Witch and Wizard), born in Newburgh, New York

  • Mar 24 Paul McCandless, rocker (Torches on the Lake)
  • Mar 24 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • Mar 24 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • Mar 25 Claudine Schneider, American politician (Rep-R-RI, 1981-91), born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 26 Dar Robinson, American stuntman, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1986)
  • Mar 27 Daphne Todd, English artist and president (Royal Society of Portrait Painters), born in York
  • Mar 27 Walt Mossberg, American journalist, the highest-paid journalist at the Wall Street Journal, born in Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Mar 28 Bruce Gilbert, English producer (China Syndrome, 9 to 5, On Golden Pond), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Mar 28 John Landecker, American disk jockey, born in Michigan
  • Mar 29 Aleksandr Stepenovich Viktorenko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3, 8, 14, 20), born in Olginka, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
  • Mar 29 Bobby Kimball American rocker (Toto-Roseann), born in Orange, Texas
  • Mar 29 Peter Hinchcliffe, co-founder (Iceland Frozen Foods)
  • Mar 30 Ryszard Kotla, Polish travel writer and activist, tour guide, journalist, academic teacher, engineer
  • Mar 31 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo, president (Colombia, 1990-94)
  • Mar 31 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in History

Wernher von Braun

Mar 1 Rocket engineer Wernher von Braun (34) weds Maria Luise von Quistorp in Landshut, Germany

Deaths in History

  • Mar 6 Halford John Mackinder, British geographer ( Britain and the British Seas), dies at 86
  • Mar 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • Mar 12 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • Mar 12 Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure, dies at 87
  • Mar 18 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
  • Mar 28 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)