March 1927

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March 2, 1927: Babe Ruth signs for record salary
March 26, 1927: Chiang Kai-shek captures Shanghai
March 2, 1927: Coolidge and family move into U.S. presidential residence

The following events occurred in March 1927:

March 1, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • U.S. President Calvin Coolidge and his family spent their final night in the White House, which was set for six months of repairs on the roof and the upper floor. The following day, the family took up residence at the Patterson Mansion on 15 Dupont Circle, owned by Mrs. Ellinor Schlesinger. President Coolidge continued to use the executive offices at the White House.[1]
  • An explosion at a coal mine in Cwm, Wales, a coal mine explosion killed 52 miners.[2]
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March 2, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Babe Ruth signed a new contract with the New York Yankees, calling for a then-record salary of $70,000 per year.[3] The next best paid Yankee player was Herb Pennock, at $17,500 Wayne Stewart,[4]
  • The discovery, by teenagers Frank Horton Jr. and Leonard Taylor, of high grade gold ore in Nevada, set off a modern-day gold rush that attracted thousands of prospectors to the area.[5] The town of Weepah, Nevada sprang up near Tonopah. Within three months, the rush was over, and the Weepah was almost totally deserted by August.[6]

March 3, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

March 4, 1927 (Friday)[edit]

  • In South Africa, near Potchefstroom, the government permitted a race for the staking of claims for diamond mining at the Grasfontein farm. With the firing of a gun as a signal, 25,000 "peggers" (prospectors) "ran nearly three miles over hummocky broken ground, then set to work feverishly to stake as much of the best territory as possible".[10]
  • Born: Dick Savitt, American tennis player, in Bayonne, New Jersey; Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, 1951
  • Died: Ira Remsen, 81, American chemist, who in 1879 discovered saccharin by accident

March 5, 1927 (Saturday)[edit]

March 6, 1927 (Sunday)[edit]

March 7, 1927 (Monday)[edit]

March 8, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

March 9, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Signed on September 23, 1926, the 1926 Slavery Convention, officially the Convention to Suppress the Slave Trade and Slavery, entered into force.[19]
  • A neutrality pact was signed between Latvia and the Soviet Union, but was not ratified. A subsequent, and weaker, non-aggression pact was finally signed on February 5, 1932. The Republic of Latvia was incorporated into Soviet Union in 1940.[20]
  • American balloonist Hawthorne C. Gray set an unofficial altitude record of 8,230 meters (27,000 feet) over Belleville, Illinois, but passed out in the thin air, regaining consciousness only after the balloon descended on its own. Gray would reach 12,945 meters on May 4, a record that would fail because he parachuted from the craft (at 3,830 m) landing. On November 4, he reached 12,192 meters but did not survive the trip.[21]
  • Adolf Hitler made his first public speech after the Bavarian government lifted a two-year ban against his participation in political events.[22]

March 10, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

March 11, 1927 (Friday)[edit]

March 12, 1927 (Saturday)[edit]

  • The Kreta Ayer Incident in Singapore turned much of the Chinese community in the British colony against the colonial administration. Demonstrators, observing the anniversary of the death of Sun Yat-sen, were fired upon by police after stopping in front of a precinct station at Kreta Ayer, and six people were killed.[26]
  • Outside the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and assassination attempt was made against Soviet Politburo member Nikolai Bukharin. The Soviets claimed that the failed crime had been the work of British intelligence agents, and a group of "counterrevolutionaries" were executed on June 9, 1927. In 1938, Bukharin himself was accused of plotting against the government and was executed.[27]
  • The adventure film The Beloved Rogue starring John Barrymore was released.
  • Born: Emmett Leith, co-inventor of the hologram, in Ann Arbor (d. 2005)

March 13, 1927 (Sunday)[edit]

March 14, 1927 (Monday)[edit]

March 15, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Shōwa financial crisis: In Tokyo, the large Watanabe Bank failed a day after Finance Minister Naoharu Kataoka mistakenly said in a speech that the struggling bank had "at last collapsed" and depositors made a bank run, withdrawing their cash. Two other banks collapsed by the end of the week and by March 24, twelve banks had crashed and more would follow.[30]
  • Born: Carl Smith, American country musician, in Maynardville, Tennessee (d. 2010)

March 16, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

March 17, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

HMAS Australia

March 18, 1927 (Friday)[edit]

  • In the Northern Expedition: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist forces arrived at the defensive line protecting the city of Shanghai. Instead of defending against the enemy, the garrison commander collaborated with the Nationalists, as well as handing over the plans for city's defense. Though offered a position with Chiang's forces, the officer who betrayed his commander declined to work further with them. One author wrote later, "Stupidly, he went home to Shandong, where he was executed[36]
  • A tornado leveled the town of Green Forest, Arkansas, killing 16 people and injuring more than 50. In all, 26 people were killed in the storm.[37]
  • Born: George Plimpton, American sportswriter (Paper Lion), in New York City (d. 2003)

March 19, 1927 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Balto, the Siberian husky who would later become the subject of an animated 1995 Disney film, was given a parade and a hero's welcome in Cleveland, along with six of his canine teammates (Fox, Sye, Billy, Tillie, Moctoc and Alaska Slim). Businessman George Kimble had rescued the animals, two years after the 1925 serum run to Nome, after finding that they were being neglected. Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury, The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic (W. W. Norton & Company, 2005) p253;[38]
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March 20, 1927 (Sunday)[edit]

  • In Mahad, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar began a crusade for the end of discrimination against the Dalit caste in India, known commonly as "Untouchables".[39]
  • Albert Snyder, a 44-year-old art editor for the magazine Boating, was brutally murdered at his home on 222nd Street in Queens, New York, and his wife, Ruth Snyder, was discovered bound and gagged. A few days later, police arrested Ruth and her lover, Judd Gray, for Albert's murder. After their trial and conviction, Mrs. Snyder and Mr. Gray would both be executed on January 12, 1928.[40]
  • Born: John Joubert, British composer, in Cape Town, South Africa

March 21, 1927 (Monday)[edit]

March 22, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

March 23, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Nanjing Incident: After the troops supporting Shanghai's warlords retreated to Nanking, Nationalist troops pursued, and attacks on foreigners began. Six foreign residents, including Professor John E. Williams of Nanjing University, were killed.[44]
  • Died: Paul César Helleu, 67, French painter

March 24, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

March 25, 1927 (Friday)[edit]

  • The Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi was commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy. After taking part in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Akagi was damaged and sunk six months later at the Battle of Midway.[47]
  • Nanjing Incident: After a day of shelling Nanking, the United States and Britain agreed to a one-day ceasefire in return for the Kuomintang allowing the hundreds of foreigners in the city to be safely evacuated.[48] Six foreigners, three of them British, had been killed by Chinese forces. Chinese histories estimate that there were more than 2,000 Chinese casualties from the bombardment.[49] The French Communist newspaper Communite reported that 7,000 Chinese had been killed in the bombardment of Nanjing, while the U.S. State Department placed the total number of deaths and injuries "at less than 100".[50]
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March 26, 1927 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Marshal Chiang Kai-shek, Commander in Chief of the Cantonese armies, captured Shanghai "without firing a shot", and arrived at the city on the gunboat Zhongshan, after sailing from Hankou. At the French Concession, Chiang met with local political and business leaders, who pledged their financial support if he would end his alliance with the Communists who had helped him gain control of the city.[51]

March 27, 1927 (Sunday)[edit]

Josepho and the Photomaton booth
  • Anatol Josepho, a 31-year-old Russian who had arrived in the United States penniless in 1925, became a millionaire with the sale of the rights to his invention, the photo booth, to the newly organized Photomaton Corporation.[52]
  • Henry Ford, at the time the world's wealthiest man, was hospitalized after he struck a tree. The auto magnate had been driving his coupe it was run off the road by a larger Studebaker on Michigan Avenue in Detroit. Reports of the crash were kept from the press for several days[53] and the matter was later investigated as "an attempted assassination",[54] but the case was later dropped.[55] Researcher Jim Morris concluded that the accident was the motivating reason for the inclusion of safety glass in all Ford automobiles thereafter.[56]
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March 28, 1927 (Monday)[edit]

  • The Majestic Theatre opened in New York with the production Rufus LeMaire's Affairs. The Broadway theatre would premiere numerous successful plays and musicals, including Carousel, South Pacific, The Music Man, Camelot, The Wiz, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, which has played at the Majestic since 1988.[57]
  • Died: Alfred Klausmeyer, 66, co-founder and operator of the Anchor Buggy Company, which had been the world's largest manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages from 1887 until 1915.[58]

March 29, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

March 30, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Shōwa financial crisis: Following the worst financial panic in that nation's history, Japan's Diet passed an emergency banking law, the Ginko Ho, immediately increasing the amount of capital that banks were required to keep in reserve. As a result, the number of banks decreased over the next five years from 1,417 to 680[61] and Japan's five largest banks (Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, Yasuda and Dai-Ichi) doubled their share of the nation's deposits, from 17% to 31%.[62]
  • Coal mine explosions in Pennsylvania and Illinois killed five and eight miners respectively, but hundreds more were rescued the next day after being trapped underground. At Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, it appeared that nearly 500 miners had been trapped, but all but five came out the next day.[63] An explosion the same day near Ledford, Illinois trapped 300 men, but all but 8 were saved.[64]
  • Died: Ladislas Lazaro, 54, U.S. Congressman (D-La.) since 1913

March 31, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

  • At midnight, members of the United Mine Workers of America began a strike of American bituminous coal mines after the expiration of their 1924 contract with union mines, with 200,000 miners across the United States walking off of their jobs.[65] Coal mining continued with strikebreakers, and the strike came to an end on July 18, 1928.[66]
  • Vladimir K. Zworykin received British Patent No. 255,057 for an all cathode ray television system. U.S. Patent No. 1,691,324 was issued on November 13, 1928.[67]
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