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
  • 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 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 1st 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, Troy NY, actor (Dr Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • 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, Minneapolis Minn, tennis star
  • 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, Oxfordshire, rock bassist (U2-I Will Follow)
  • 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)
  • Mar 15 Donna Smith, Portland Oregon, playmate (March, 1985)
  • 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
  • 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, St Albans NY, writer/comedian (SNL)
  • Mar 23 Nicol Stephen, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
  • Mar 24 Kelly LeBrock, 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 25 Haywood Nelson, 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 Billy Warlock, Hawthorne California, actor (Flip-Happy Days, Baywatch)
  • Mar 26 Debbie Hall, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 26 Marcus Allen, NFL running back (LA Raiders, KC Chiefs, Heisman 1981)
  • Mar 26 Michael Evans, Fontana CA, US water polo player (Olympic-silver-88)
  • Mar 27 Clare Lucy Madeleine Evans, historian
  • Mar 27 Jennifer Grey, actress (Dirty Dancing); Joel Grey's daughter
  • 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 Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 4 Lucille Ball files divorce from Desi Arnaz

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

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