What Happened in March 1960

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
  • Mar 4 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100

CommunicationElvis Presley in the Army

Mar 5 Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army

  • Mar 5 Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny & Jones (GRB)
  • Mar 5 Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
  • Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
  • Mar 5 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
  • Mar 5 The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.
  • Mar 5 7th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 63-59

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Mar 7 Dutch Builders strike for CLA
  • Mar 8 "Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • Mar 10 USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 10 17th Golden Globes: Ben-Hur, Anthony Franciosa, & Elizabeth Taylor win

  • Mar 11 Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth & Venus
  • Mar 13 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 13 NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
  • Mar 13 White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number
  • Mar 14 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield Calif

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Mar 14 Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 15 Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (1st underwater park)
  • Mar 15 National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 US President Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 17 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France
  • Mar 18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • Mar 19 "Redhead" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 455 performances
  • Mar 19 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California 75-55
  • Mar 21 Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC

1stHistoric Invention

Mar 22 1st patent for lasers granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes

  • Mar 23 Explorer (8) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Mar 24 US appeals court rules novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" not obscene
  • Mar 25 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ruled not obscene (NYC)

  • Mar 25 Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires
  • Mar 25 Italian government Tambroni forms
  • Mar 26 Iraq executes 30 after attack on President Kassem
  • Mar 26 Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
  • Mar 26 USC captures NCAA swimming title
  • Mar 26 114th Grand National: Gerry Scott aboard Merryman II wins
  • Mar 27 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Royal Crown Golf Open
  • Mar 28 Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
  • Mar 28 Scotch whisky factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Mar 29 Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres
  • Mar 31 Gore Vidal's "Best Man" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Alicia Dibos, Lima Peru, LPGA golfer (1994 US Women's Open-4th)
  • Mar 2 Hector Calma, Filipino basketball player
  • Mar 3 Neal Heaton, American baseball player
  • Mar 3 Colin Wells, English cricketer
  • Mar 4 Reggie McElroy, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • Mar 4 Russell Todd, actor (Dr Jamie Frame-Another World), born in Troy, New York
  • Mar 4 John Mugabi, Ugandan boxer
  • Mar 4 Christina Sussiek, former German athlete
  • Mar 4 Mykelti Williamson, American actor
  • Mar 5 David Tibet, English musician (Current 93)
  • Mar 6 [Eris] Sleepy Floyd, NBA guard

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Ivan Lendl, Czech tennis champion (US Open 1985-87), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Joe Carter, MLB outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • Mar 8 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • Mar 8 Max Metzker, Australian swimmer
  • Mar 9 Linda Fiorentino, actress (Jade, Last Seduction, Moderns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 9 Mike Leach, tennis star, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 10 Linda Jezek, California, backstroke swimmer (Pan Am Gold-1979)
  • Mar 10 Anne MacKenzie, journalist and broadcaster
  • Mar 11 Christophe Gans, French film director
  • Mar 12 Courtney B Vance, actor (Hamburger Hill), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 12 Eldine Baptiste, cricketer (WI all-rounder early 80's)
  • Mar 12 Kipp Lennon, American singer
  • Mar 12 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • Mar 12 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • Mar 13 Adam Clayton, English-Irish musician and rock bassist (U2-I Will Follow), born in Chinnor, England
  • Mar 13 Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, poet and political essayist
  • Mar 13 Joe Ranft, American animator (d. 2005)
  • Mar 14 George Horvath, Sweden, pentathlete (Olympic-1980)
  • Mar 14 Helen Hopkins, Donneybrook Australia, golfer (Australian Intl 1983)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 14 [Anthony] Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Mar 15 Donna Smith, playmate (March, 1985), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 15 Chris Sanders, American animator and director
  • Mar 15 Marco Pennette, American television producer
  • Mar 16 Duane Sutter, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 17 Lee Ann Michelle, Surrey England, playmate (Feb, 1979)
  • Mar 17 Vicki Lewis, actress (Beth-Newsradio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 17 Arye Gross, American actor
  • Mar 18 Claudia Udy, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Mar 18 Guy Carbonneau, Sept-iles, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 18 Patricia Farinelli, playmate (December, 1981), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 18 Richard Biggs, actor (Marcus-Days of Our Lives), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Mar 18 James MacPherson, Scottish actor (Taggart, Sometimes), born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Mar 21 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian formula-1 racer (1988 champ)
  • Mar 21 Guy Chadwick, English singer/songwriter (House of Love)
  • Mar 21 Robert Sweet, American drummer
  • Mar 22 Laurie Sargent, rock vocalist (Face To Face)
  • Mar 23 Oscar Michael Moore, journalist
  • Mar 23 Terry Sweeney, writer/comedian (SNL), born in St Albans, New York
  • Mar 23 Nicol Stephen, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
  • Mar 24 Kelly LeBrock, American actress (Weird Science, Woman in Red), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 24 Barry Horowitz, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 24 Nena, German pop singer
  • Mar 24 Grayson Perry, English cross-dressing artist (Turner Prize 2003), born in Chelmsford
  • Mar 25 Haywood Nelson, American actor (Haywood-Grady, Dwayne-What's Happening), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 25 Robert Green, tennis star, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mar 25 Steve Norman, rock sax (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • Mar 25 Idy Chan Yuk-Lin, Hong Kong actress
  • Mar 26 Debbie Hall, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 26 Marcus Allen, NFL running back (LA Raiders, KC Chiefs, Heisman 1981)
  • Mar 26 Michael Evans, US water polo player (Olympic-silver-88), born in Fontana, California
  • Mar 26 Jennifer Grey, actress (Dirty Dancing), Joel Grey's daughter, born in New York City
  • Mar 27 Clare Lucy Madeleine Evans, historian
  • Mar 27 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 27 Hans Pflügler, German footballer
  • Mar 28 Chris Barrie, British actor ( Red Dwarf,) born in Hanover, West Germany
  • Mar 28 José Maria Neves, Cape Verdeian politician
  • Mar 28 Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, French author and dramatist
  • Mar 30 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Mar 31 Anne Howard, actress (Nicole Love-Another World), born in San Diego, California
  • Mar 31 Mark Tuinei, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)

Famous Weddings


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 31 Actor Yul Brynner (44) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 4 Lucille Ball files divorce from Desi Arnaz

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 26 Academy award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising (b. 1874)
  • Mar 3 Sammy White, actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off), dies at 65
  • Mar 4 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60), dies on stage at 48
  • Mar 4 Herbert O'Conor, 51st Governor of the US State of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • Mar 9 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Mar 11 Roy Chapman Andrews, US biologist/explorer, dies at 76
  • Mar 22 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • Mar 23 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 26 Ian Keith, actor (Identity Unknown, Queen Christina), dies at 61
  • Mar 27 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • Mar 28 Ian Keith, US actor (Ramses I-10 Commandments), dies at 61
  • Mar 30 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter, dies at 90
  • Mar 30 Joseph Haas, German opera composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • Mar 31 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81