What Happened in March 1969

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1 After 88 weeks Sgt Pepper drops off the charts

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Mar 1 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium

Rocker Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison

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Mar 1 NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio 259 begins operation off the French coast
  • Mar 2 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
  • Mar 2 Chinese-Russian borders fight (approx 70 die)
  • Mar 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony

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Mar 2 Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 3 Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)
  • Mar 4 The Kray brothers, Ronald and Reginald, London East End gang bosses, are found guilty of murder. Both will die in captivity.
  • Mar 5 Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris
  • Mar 5 Gustav Heinemann elected president of West Germany
  • Mar 5 Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" premieres in London
  • Mar 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 8 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74
  • Mar 10 James Earl Ray pleads guilty to murder of Martin Luther King Jr
  • Mar 12 11th Grammy Awards: Mrs Robinson, By the Time I Get to Phoenix wins
  • Mar 12 120 cannabis joints found at George & Patti Harrison's home
  • Mar 13 Apollo 9 returns to Earth
  • Mar 14 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • Mar 14 Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
  • Mar 15 US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
  • Mar 15 Violent Chinese-Russian border dispute leaves 100s dead
  • Mar 16 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Mar 16 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • Mar 16 Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
  • Mar 17 Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th PM
  • Mar 17 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open
  • Mar 18 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Mar 19 British invade Anguilla
  • Mar 19 Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention
  • Mar 19 The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.
  • Mar 20 Abebe Bikila's auto-accident, near Addis Ababa
  • Mar 20 US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
  • Mar 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 22 "Billy" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Mar 22 "Come Summer" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Mar 22 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 UCLA wins its 5th national championship in 6 years
  • Mar 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Charlotte Golf Invitational
  • Mar 23 Rally for Decency (Miami)
  • Mar 25 Andes Pact signed in Peru

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Mar 25 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 25 Pakistan Gen Agha Mohammed Jagja Khan succeeds Ayub Chan as pres
  • Mar 25 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting, loyalists in Northern Ireland are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on 30 November 1968
  • Mar 26 Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • Mar 26 Nuclear reactor Dodewaard Neth goes into use
  • Mar 26 Soviet weather satellite Meteor 1 launched
  • Mar 27 Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston
  • Mar 27 Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars
  • Mar 28 Pope Paul VI names JGM Willebrands cardinal
  • Mar 28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
  • Mar 29 Communist New People's Army found in Philippines
  • Mar 29 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty, Sr. aboard Highland Wedding wins
  • Mar 29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • Mar 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Malabar Golf Invitational
  • Mar 30 Loyalists bomb water and electricity installations in Northern Ireland in the hope that the attacks would be blamed on the IRA and on elements of the civil rights movement, which was demanding an end to discrimination against Catholics

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Mar 31 George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 115

  • Mar 1 Azam Khan, cricketer (Pakistan ODI batsman 1996)
  • Mar 1 Doug Creek, Winchester VA, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • Mar 1 Vincenzo Esposito, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Mar 1 Javier Bardem, Spanish actor
  • Mar 1 Dafydd Ieuan, Welsh drummer (Super Furry Animals)
  • Mar 3 Ronald Humphrey, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Mar 3 Simon Whitlock, Australian Darts Player
  • Mar 4 Chaz Bono [Chastity Sun Bono], American actress (Sonny & Cher Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Jeff Tinsley, Shelbyville KY, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Mar 4 Karrie Poppinga, Manhattan Beach Ca, volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4-95)
  • Mar 4 Kenneth Benson, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Mar 4 Pierluigi Casiraghi, Italian football manager
  • Mar 4 Frank Nicotero, American comedian
  • Mar 4 Patrick Roach, Canadian actor
  • Mar 4 Jason Townsend, American artist and record producer
  • Mar 5 Moussa Saïb, former Algerian footballer
  • Mar 5 Paul Blackthorne, British actor
  • Mar 5 MC Solaar, French rapper
  • Mar 6 Andrea Elson, actress (Lynn-Alf, Alice-Whiz Kids), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 6 Deems May, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 6 Greg Scott, British TV personality
  • Mar 7 Anne Marie Lauck, marathoner (Olympics-10th-96), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 7 Anthony Davis, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Mar 7 Brian Jamieson, rower (Olympics-silver-1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Geoff Smith, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • Mar 7 Matt Blundin, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, Detroit Lions)
  • Mar 7 Sam Gash, NFL running back (New England Patriots)
  • Mar 7 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore)
  • Mar 7 Shin Ae Ra, Korean actress and radio DJ
  • Mar 8 Andrea Parker, actress (Miss Parker-The Pretender)
  • Mar 9 Bryce Burnett, NFL/WLAF tight end (Broncos, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Mar 9 George Nimako, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Mar 9 Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets)
  • Mar 10 Jay Hillmann, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 10 Ricky Seagall, rocker (Partridge Family)
  • Mar 10 Stephen Leaney, Australia, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Infinit TPC-7th)
  • Mar 10 Paget Brewster, American actress
  • Mar 11 Dan Lacroix, NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 11 John Fina, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Mar 11 Terrence Howard, American actor
  • Mar 11 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (d. 2006)
  • Mar 12 Graham Coxon, singer (Blur)
  • Mar 12 J P Izquierdo, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 12 Karen Snelgrove, softball pitcher (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • Mar 12 Muhammad Oliver, NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
  • Mar 12 Jake Tapper, American journalist
  • Mar 13 Chris Zorich, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 13 Kevin Kaminski, Churchbridge, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Mar 14 Greg Biekert, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 14 Larry Johnson, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks)
  • Mar 14 Laura Leighton, actress (Sydney-Melrose Place, Other Woman)
  • Mar 14 Ty[rel] Bennion, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 15 Louis Riddick, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 15 Rona Ambrose, Canadian politician
  • Mar 15 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • Mar 15 Kim Raver, American actress
  • Mar 15 Gianluca Festa, Italian footballer
  • Mar 15 Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey
  • Mar 16 Ottis Gibson, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI 1995)
  • Mar 16 Pat Harlow, NFL tackle (NE Patriots, Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 16 Steve Israel, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, New England Patriots)
  • Mar 17 Andrew McMarlin, Vienna VA, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Mar 17 Domenic "Filane" Figliomeni, Terrace Bay Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 17 Gilbert Schaller, Bruck Austria, tennis star
  • Mar 17 [Lee] Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, born in London (d. 2010)
  • Mar 18 Michael Dumas, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Mar 18 Shaun Udal, cricketer (Hants off-spinner, England to Aust 1994-95)
  • Mar 18 Sheila Taormina, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Mar 18 Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess player
  • Mar 19 Arjan Vermeulen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Mar 19 Michael Bergin, model (Coca Cola)/actor
  • Mar 19 Scott Alexander Brownlee, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics-96), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Mar 19 Gary Jules, American singer and songwriter
  • Mar 19 Connor Trinneer, American actor
  • Mar 20 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-silver-96), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Mar 20 Konstantine Starikovitch, Podolsk Russia, 238lbs US weightlift (Oly-96)
  • Mar 20 Sharon Manning, WNBA center/forward (Charlotte Sting)
  • Mar 20 Thang Thanh Nguyen, Soc Trang Vietnam, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • Mar 20 Mannie Fresh, American producer
  • Mar 21 Jennifer Lyn Jackson, playmate (April, 1989), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 21 Mark Allen, Australia, Australian golfer
  • Mar 21 Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • Mar 22 Darrell Russell, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 22 Russell Maryland, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys, Oak Raiders)
  • Mar 24 Yoko Zetterlund, volleyball setter (Olympics-bronze-92, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 25 Dale Davis, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • Mar 25 Dan Wilson, Arlington Height IL, catcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Mar 25 Guy Newman, Australian water polo goalie (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 25 Scott Sanders, Hannibal MO, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Mar 25 Cathy Dennis, English singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Mar 26 Beth Howell, Clinton Mississippi, Miss Mississippi-America (1991)
  • Mar 26 Luke Richardson, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 26 Vikram Rathour, cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman 1996-)
  • Mar 27 Tom Beer, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Mar 27 Kevin Corrigan, American actor
  • Mar 27 Pauley Perrette, American actress, photographer, poet, writer
  • Mar 28 Craig Paquette, infielder (KC Royals), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 28 Earnest Stewart, soccer player (Willem II)
  • Mar 28 Elliot Perry, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Mar 28 Salt, rocker (Salt 'n' Pepa-Shake Ya Thang)

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 8 Marriage of 12 year old Marcella Rosciglione in Palermo

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 8 CEO of McDonald's Ray Kroc (66) weds philanthropist Joan Mansfield (40)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 12 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 20 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • Mar 6 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 9 Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
  • Mar 9 Richard Crane, actor (Surfside 6), dies at 50
  • Mar 11 John Wyndham, [Parkes Lucas B Harris], author (Chrysalids), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Felix Locher, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • Mar 14 Ben Shahn, US painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 15 Miles Malleson, actor/writer (Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), dies at 43
  • Mar 19 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 20 Henri Longchambon, French politician (b. 1896)
  • Mar 21 Gerhart Fritsch, writer, dies at 44
  • Mar 22 Ernst Deutsch, [Dorian], Czech actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Rudolf Pannwitz, German author/philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • Mar 24 Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
  • Mar 25 Alan Mowbray, actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist (Love and Revolution), dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • Mar 25 Billy Cotton, British bandleader & entertainer (b. 1889)
  • Mar 26 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistence fighter, dies at 66
  • Mar 27 B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87

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Mar 28 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, dies of a congestive heart failure at 78

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 28 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer, dies at 34