What Happened in March 1968

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • Mar 1 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • Mar 1 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
  • Mar 2 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
  • Mar 2 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR)
  • Mar 2 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)
  • Mar 2 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world
  • Mar 2 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • Mar 2 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US)
  • Mar 3 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • Mar 3 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Jean Beliveau (Mont) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 3 In a blockbuster trade, the Toronto Maple Leafs send hall of fame forward Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 4 Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

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Mar 4 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 4 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
  • Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win
  • Mar 5 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
  • Mar 7 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television.
  • Mar 8 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Md)
  • Mar 8 New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • Mar 8 Students demonstrate in Warsaw
  • Mar 9 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
  • Mar 9 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • Mar 11 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
  • Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 12nd string quartet
  • Mar 11 Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for " Dock of the Bay"
  • Mar 12 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 13 Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK
  • Mar 14 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
  • Mar 15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")
  • Mar 15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns

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Mar 15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Mar 15 US Mint stops buying & selling gold
  • Mar 15 Uprising in South Yemen
  • Mar 15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • Mar 16 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Wash DC by US & 6 European nations
  • Mar 17 Kathie Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Orange Blossom Golf Open
  • Mar 18 Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • Mar 18 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 Howard University students seize administration building

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Mar 20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
  • Mar 21 "Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise
  • Mar 21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • Mar 21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases
  • Mar 21 Portuguese socialist Mario Soares banished to Sao Tomé
  • Mar 22 Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Lynda Johnson ordered off SF cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • Mar 22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • Mar 23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats NC 78-55
  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC

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Mar 24 Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Mar 25 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in SF

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie State College
  • Mar 30 General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 30 122nd Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Alligator wins
  • Mar 31 LBJ announces he will not seek re-election
  • Mar 31 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Palm Beach County Golf Open
  • Mar 31 Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins transmitting
  • Mar 31 Seattle's AL club is named Pilots

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 107

  • Mar 1 Salil Ankola, cricketer (Indian pace bowler one Test 1989)
  • Mar 1 Sanjeeva Weerasinghe, cricketer (Test for Sri Lanka v India at 17)
  • Mar 2 Penny "Stamper" Davis, Carlisle England, Canadian 470 sailor (Oly-96)
  • Mar 2 Daniel Craig, English actor (James Bond films), born in Chester
  • Mar 3 Brian Leetch, Corpus Christi TX, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NY Rangers)
  • Mar 3 Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, alpine skier (Oly-gold/silver-92), born in Warsaw, New York
  • Mar 3 Scott Radinsky, Simi Valley CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Mar 4 Brian Hunter, Torrance CA, infielder (Seat Mariners, Houston Astros)
  • Mar 4 Dinky van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • Mar 4 Dionna Harris, softball outfielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 4 Evan Dando, rocker (Lemonheads)
  • Mar 4 Patsy Kensit, actress (Lethal Weapon 2, Hanover St), born in London, England
  • Mar 4 Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • Mar 4 Giovanni Carrara, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Mar 5 Marq Mellor, field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 5 Roman Phifer, linebacker (St Louis Rams)
  • Mar 5 Shjon Podein, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 6 Carla McGhee, Peoria Ill, US basketball forward (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Mar 6 Connie Britton, actress (Nikki-Spin City), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 6 Jon Baker, WLAF defensive end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Mar 6 Moira Kelly, actress (Cutting Edge)
  • Mar 6 Russell Butler, Dandenong Victoria Australia, diver (Oly-28th-88, 96)
  • Mar 6 Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
  • Mar 7 Jeff Kent, Bellflower CA, infielder (NY Mets)
  • Mar 7 Ricky Proehl, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 8 Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)
  • Mar 8 Rob Zettler, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Mar 8 Michael Bartels, German race car driver
  • Mar 8 Ellen Forney, American cartoonist
  • Mar 8 Shawn Mullins, American musician
  • Mar 8 Jim Dougherty, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 Youri Djorkaeff, French footballer
  • Mar 9 Johnny Kelly, American drummer (Type O Negative)
  • Mar 10 Felice Arena, Australian children's author
  • Mar 10 Thio Li-ann, Singaporean law academic and Nominated Member of Parliament
  • Mar 12 Merton Hanks, NFL safety (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 12 Aaron Eckhart, American actor
  • Mar 13 Christopher Collett, actor (Manhattan Project), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 13 Akira Nogami, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Mar 14 Megan Follows, Canadian actress (Chase, Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Onario
  • Mar 15 John Tardy, US heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
  • Mar 15 Rob Anderson, Kamloops BC, Canadian Tour golfer (BC Amateur-1990, 92)
  • Mar 15 Sabrina [Salerno], Genoa Italy, Miss Italy (1984)/singer (Boys)
  • Mar 15 Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • Mar 15 Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 15 Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • Mar 15 Terje Riis-Johansen, Norwegian politician
  • Mar 16 Jason van Blerk, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Mar 16 Ananya Khare, Indian actress and teacher
  • Mar 17 Judy Mosley McAfee, WNBA forward (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Mar 17 Tyrone Hill, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Mar 18 Joseph Ouellet, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Mar 18 Pat Terrell, NFL strong safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Mar 18 Shinichiro Miki, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • Mar 18 Eudes, duc d'Angoulême, French prince
  • Mar 18 Paul Marsden, British politician
  • Mar 19 Liam Jewell, kayaker (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 19 Tyrone Hill, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Mar 19 Mots'eoa Senyane, Lesotho diplomat
  • Mar 20 Eric Viscaal, Dutch soccer star (PSV/AA Gent)
  • Mar 20 Jurgen Rumrich, Miesbach GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Mar 20 Sheree Megan Higgins, Matamata NZ, golfer (1991 Bridgestone)
  • Mar 21 Erwin Vanderbroeck, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Mar 21 Jeff Lazaro, Waltham Mass, US hockey forward (Olympics-1994)
  • Mar 21 Johan Garpenlov, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 21 Mark Sander, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • Mar 21 Samantha Leah Dorman, Lakeland Fla, playmate (Sept, 1991)
  • Mar 21 Scott Williams, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mar 21 DJ Premier (Preemo), hip hop producer
  • Mar 22 Ramon Martinez, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Mar 22 Euronymous, Norwegian black metal musician (d. 1993)
  • Mar 23 Atul Wassan, cricketer (Indian pace bowler 1989-90)
  • Mar 23 Curtis Mayfield, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 23 David Maeva, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Mar 23 Mark Maddox, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Mar 23 Mike Atherton, cricketer (Lancashire batsman & England captain)
  • Mar 23 Mitch Cullin, American novelist
  • Mar 23 Fernando Hierro, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 25 Dixon Edwards, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Mar 25 Errol Martin, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 25 Peter Blackburn, Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 26 Edward Kaminski, KC Kansas, javelin thrower
  • Mar 26 Ian Hutchings, Zimbabwe, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Klondike Klassic)
  • Mar 26 Jose Vizcaino, MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 26 Kari Gronroos, WLAF kicker (Scotland Claymores)
  • Mar 26 Mike Trevathan, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
  • Mar 26 Shane Reynolds, Bastrop LA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Mar 26 Kenny Chesney, American singer
  • Mar 26 James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle)
  • Mar 26 Laurent Brochard, French cyclist
  • Mar 27 Irina Belova, Russian pentathelete (world record 1992)
  • Mar 28 Chad Biafore, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • Mar 28 Dennis Postlewait, Jacksonville NC, Nike golfer (1994 Wichita Open)
  • Mar 28 Max Perlich, actor (JH Brodie-Homicide)
  • Mar 28 Nasser Hussain, cricketer (Essex & England batsman)
  • Mar 28 Teee Williams, volleyball outside hitter (Oly-bronze-92, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 28 Iris Chang, American author (d. 2004)
  • Mar 28 Jon Lee, British drummer (d. 2002)
  • Mar 28 Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter
  • Mar 29 Chris Calloway, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 1 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Mar 1 Country singer June Carter Cash (38) weds music icon Johnny Cash (36) in Franklin, Kentucky

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 G v d Vring, writer, dies
  • Mar 1 Georg von der Vring, German painter (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • Mar 4 Alexandre Cellier, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 6 Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Joseph Martin Jr, Speaker of the House, dies at 83
  • Mar 7 Yuri Aleksayevich Gagarin, USSR cosmonaut (Vostok I), dies at 31
  • Mar 10 Helen Walker, actress (Brewster's Million), dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 14 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian/iconologist, dies
  • Mar 16 June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 16 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 18 Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Carl T Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'Arc), dies
  • Mar 23 Edwin O'Connor, US writer, dies at 49
  • Mar 24 Howard Petrie, actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • Mar 24 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70
  • Mar 24 Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (b. 1873)
  • Mar 25 Douglas Evans, actor (South Pacific Trail), dies in Hollywood

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Yuri Gagarin, 1st man to orbit Earth, & Seryogin, in plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin
  • Mar 30 Bobby Driscoll, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 31 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)