What Happened in March 1962

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay NY killing 95
  • Mar 1 Kresge Corporation openes the first Kmart store in Garden City, Michigan
  • Mar 1 US/British nuclear test experiment in Nevada

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Mar 2 JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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Mar 2 Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 2 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup.
  • Mar 3 British Antarctic Territory forms
  • Mar 3 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • Mar 4 AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
  • Mar 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 5 19th Golden Globes: The Guns of Navarone, Maximilian Schell, & Geraldine Page win
  • Mar 6 St Louis vote to build a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals
  • Mar 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 6 US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
  • Mar 7 Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
  • Mar 7 Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
  • Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 9 Egyptian Pres Nasser declares Gaza belongs to Palestinians
  • Mar 9 US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
  • Mar 10 Due to its no black policy, Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel & move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida
  • Mar 12 Dutch Premier De Quay announces secret talks with Indonesia
  • Mar 13 Yugoslavia grants 1,000 prisoners amnesty
  • Mar 14 Disarmament conference opens in Geneva without France

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Mar 14 Gordie Howe (Det Red Wings) is 2nd NHLer to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 15 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances
  • Mar 15 Five research groups announce the discovery of anti-matter
  • Mar 15 Donald Jackson of Canada is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump
  • Mar 15 KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
  • Mar 16 1st launching of Titan 2-rocket
  • Mar 16 US Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167
  • Mar 18 Algerian War ends after 7½ yrs (250,000 die), Ben Bella flees
  • Mar 18 Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR
  • Mar 18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 19 "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Mar 19 Archbishop Suenens of Mechelen-Brussels appointed cardinal
  • Mar 20 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • Mar 21 A bear becomes the 1st creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds
  • Mar 21 Bekkers of Bosch makes TV speech in Neth for birth control
  • Mar 21 Dutch RC bishop Beckers declares himself in favor of birth control
  • Mar 21 Philadelphia retires pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36
  • Mar 22 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances
  • Mar 23 JFK visits San Francisco
  • Mar 23 Nawab of Pataudi captains India cricket v WI age 21 years 77 days
  • Mar 23 Wake Forest coach "Bones" McKinney becomes 2nd person to play & coach
  • Mar 23 William DeWitt buys Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000
  • Mar 24 24th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 71-59
  • Mar 24 Benny Paret knocked out in a welterweight title; he dies 10 days later

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Mar 24 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Mar 25 "Family Affair" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Mar 25 French OAS-leader ex-general Jouhaud arrested
  • Mar 26 US Supreme Court backs 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in state legistature
  • Mar 27 Ann Jellicoe's "Knack" premieres in London
  • Mar 27 Archbishop Rummel ends race segregation in New Orlean Catholic school

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Mar 27 Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Mar 28 Devastating 8 for 6 spell by Gibbs gives WI cricket victory over India
  • Mar 28 Military coup in Syria, President Nazim al-Kudsi flees
  • Mar 29 Argentine Pres Frondizi flees from the army
  • Mar 29 Jack Paar's final appearance on the "Tonight Show"
  • Mar 31 116th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard Kilmore wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Bill Leen, rocker (Gin Blossoms)
  • Mar 1 Mark Gardner, pitcher (SF Giants), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 2 Al Del Greco, NFL kicker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 2 Jon Bon Jovi, Sayreville NJ, rocker (Bon Jovi-Give Love a Bad Name)
  • Mar 2 Philip Jonas, Johannesburg SA, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Payless-2nd)
  • Mar 2 Terry Steinbach, New Ulm MN, catcher (Oakland A's)
  • Mar 2 Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • Mar 2 Michael Salinger, American poet
  • Mar 2 Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
  • Mar 3 Herschel Walker, WFL/NFL running back (NJ Generals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, E St Louis IL, heptathele (Olympic-gold-88, 92)
  • Mar 3 Glen E. Friedman, American photographer and artist
  • Mar 4 Brant Ian Woodward, Hurstville NZ, trap shooter (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 4 Greg Kragen, NFL nose tackle (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Mar 4 Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
  • Mar 4 Lolo Ferrari, French actress (d. 2000)
  • Mar 4 David Sparrow, English actor
  • Mar 5 Elise Burgin, tennis star, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 5 Robert L Curbeam Jr, astronaut (STS 85, sk: 99), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 5 Jonathan Penner, American reality show contestant
  • Mar 5 Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish musicians (The Proclaimers)
  • Mar 6 Alison Nicholas, Gibraltar, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning Classic)
  • Mar 6 Valerie French, American animatronics art director
  • Mar 7 Taylor Dayne, [Leslie Wunderman], NY, vocalist (I'll Always Love You)
  • Mar 7 Peter Manley, English Darts Player
  • Mar 8 Shaun Gayle, NFL strong safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 8 William Fuller, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 9 Brian Green, actor (Sam Fowler-Another World), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • Mar 9 Jan Furtok, Polish footballer
  • Mar 10 Andre Waters, NFL safety (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Mar 10 Gary Clark, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • Mar 10 Seiko Matsuda, Japanese pop singer
  • Mar 11 Jeffrey Nordling, American actor
  • Mar 11 Peter Berg, American film actor, director and producer

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Mar 12 Darryl Strawberry, baseball right fielder (Mets, Dodgers, Yankees), born in Los Angeles, California

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Mar 12 Gunde Svan, Swedish long jumper (Olympics-gold-1984, 88)
  • Mar 13 Liane Tooth, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales

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

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Mar 15 Igor Aleinikov, filmmaker
  • Mar 15 Jimmy Baio, Bkln, actor (Billy Tate-Soap, Brass, Playing for Keeps)
  • Mar 15 Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 15 Terrence Trent D'Arby, rock vocalist (Wishing Well), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 16 Marcel Brands, soccer player (RKC)
  • Mar 17 Clare Grogan, rocker (Altered Images-Happy Birthday)
  • Mar 17 Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • Mar 17 Patrick Thomas Burke, Hollywood FL, PGA golfer (1992 BellSouth-6th)
  • Mar 17 Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • Mar 17 Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Dutch politician
  • Mar 18 Trevor Franklin, cricketer (opened for NZ mid-80's)
  • Mar 18 Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
  • Mar 18 Mike Rowe, American television personality
  • Mar 18 Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor
  • Mar 19 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2003)
  • Mar 19 Jim Korderas, American professional wrestling referee
  • Mar 20 Stephen Sommers, American film director

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Mar 21 Matthew Broderick, actor (WarGames, Biloxi Blues), born in NYC, New York

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Mar 21 Rosie O'Donnell, comedienne, actress and TV host (League of Their Own, Flintstones, Rosie, born in Commack, New York

Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell
  • Mar 21 Mark Waid, American comic book writer
  • Mar 22 Diane Pavich, Australian golfer (1993 T50 Alpine Aust Ladies), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 22 Juan Aguilera, Spain, tennis star
  • Mar 22 Tim Elliott, Perth WA, Australian golfer
  • Mar 22 Steve Dillion, Comic book artist (Preacher), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Mar 23 Johan Steur, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Mar 24 Penny Hammel, Decatur IL, LPGA golfer (Jamie Farr Toledo-1985, 89)
  • Mar 24 Star Jones, attorney/TV hostess (NBC, Inside Edition)
  • Mar 24 Angèle Dubeau, Canadian violinist
  • Mar 25 Marcia Cross, American television actress (Melrose Place), born in Marlborough, Massachusetts

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Mar 26 John Stockton, NBA guard (Utah Jazz, Olympics-gold-96), born in Spokane, Washington

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • Mar 26 Kevin Seitzer, Springfield IL, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Mar 26 Maarten de Young, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Mar 26 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards-Don't Leave Me This Way), born in Northampton
  • Mar 26 Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Mar 28 Ged Grimes, [Danny Wilson], rocker (Mary's Prayer)
  • Mar 28 Jure Franko, Slovenian skier
  • Mar 28 Terry Szopinski, American pro-wrestler
  • Mar 29 Kirk Alan Triplett, Moses Lake WA, PGA golfer (1992 Shell Houston-2nd)
  • Mar 30 M C Hammer, [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • Mar 30 Bil Dwyer, American actor
  • Mar 31 John Taylor, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Roscoe Ates, actor (Dep Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass), dies at 70
  • Mar 2 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)
  • Mar 4 Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • Mar 4 George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)
  • Mar 5 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • Mar 5 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 6 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 9 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • Mar 15 Sam Wren, actor (Wren's Nest), dies at 64
  • Mar 16 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Frank Orth, actor (Boston Blackie, The Brothers), dies at 82
  • Mar 18 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • Mar 20 C Wright Mills, US sociologist (Power Elite), dies at 45

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Mar 20 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) dies at 94

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • Mar 22 Aura Abranches, Port actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio), dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 Val Paul, producer (F-Man), dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Jean Goldkette, Greek-born musician (b. 1899)
  • Mar 25 Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Marjorie Colton, inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • Mar 26 Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)