What Happened in March 1971

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
  • Mar 3 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles
  • Mar 3 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa
  • Mar 4 "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 5 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin is first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
Musician John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 7 Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 8 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Sq Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 8 Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
  • Mar 8 Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man was killed; the feud between the two wings of the IRA had been developing since the split in 1970
  • Mar 9 J M Noreiga takes 9-95 WI v India at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 9 Three off-duty Scottish soldiers are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army; 4000 shipyard workers take to the streets to demand internment in response
  • Mar 10 US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18
  • Mar 10 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 12 Hafez al-Assad elected President of Syria

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • Mar 12 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • Mar 12 Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 13 Live at Fillmore East recorded
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Mar 14 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Burt Bacharach Special" on CBS TV

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 14 South Vietnamese troops flee Laos
  • Mar 14 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

Sport awardTennis Open

Mar 14 59th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Arthur Ashe (6-1, 7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 14 59th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong (2-6, 7-6, 7-5)
  • Mar 15 Chatrooms make their debut on ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet
  • Mar 16 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win
  • Mar 16 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, Hollywood

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Mar 16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Edward Heath to disucss the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • Mar 17 Government of Trygve Bratteli takes office in Norway
  • Mar 18 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government
  • Mar 21 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • Mar 21 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 21 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • Mar 21 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 22 Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 22 6th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Mar 23 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 25 European council accepts Mansholt plan laying off 5 million farmers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" goes gold

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 James Callaghan speaks at a rally of the Northern Ireland labour movement, but rejects calls for the Labour Party to open membership to those living in N. Ireland

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Mar 26 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings
  • Mar 26 "Cannon" with William Conrad premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 26 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares its independence
  • Mar 27 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title
  • Mar 27 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast
  • Mar 28 25th Tony Awards: Sleuth & Company win
  • Mar 29 1st Lt William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre
  • Mar 29 Chile president Allende nationalizes banks/copper mines
  • Mar 29 Conrad Van Emde Boas becomes West Europe's 1st sexology professor
  • Mar 29 Development of a serum hepatitis vaccine for children announced
  • Mar 29 WSVN (now WSBN) TV channel 47 in Norton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 31 South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion
  • Mar 31 William Calley sentenced to life for Mi Lai Massacre

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 119

  • Mar 1 Allen Johnson, long jumper/110m hurdler (Olympics-gold-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Andre Karnebeek, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Mar 1 Austin Robbins, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, NO Saints)
  • Mar 1 Shepherd Clark, figure skater (1994, 97 Eastern Sr champ), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 1 Tim Prinsen, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Mar 1 Tyler Hamilton, Marblehead Mass, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 1 Zahoor Elahi, cricketer (Pakistan opening batsman v NZ 1996)
  • Mar 2 Amber Smith, actress (Faithful, Funeral, Mirror Has 2 Faces), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Mar 2 Donna Perry, playmate (Nov, 1994), born in Glendale, California
  • Mar 2 James Hammerstrand, LaMesa California, volleyball middle blocker (Oly-96)
  • Mar 2 Ray Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Mar 2 Ruffin Hamilton, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 2 Dave Gorman, English documentary comedian
  • Mar 2 Elizabeth Lackey, American actress
  • Mar 3 Terryl Ulmer, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 3 Tyler Florence, chef, Food Network personality, & cookbook author
  • Mar 4 Edwin van Holten, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Mar 4 Jovan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • Mar 4 Shavar Ross, American actor-turned film director, writer, film producer and editor
  • Mar 4 Nick Stabile, American actor
  • Mar 5 Amy Peistrup-Matthews, WPVA (Old Orchard-17-1995), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 5 Brian Hunter, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 5 Chad Fonville, Jacksonville NC, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Mar 5 James Roberson, WLAF defensive end (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 5 Jose Mercedes, El Seybo Dom Rep, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Mar 5 Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
  • Mar 5 Yuri Lowenthal, American actor/author/painter
  • Mar 5 Filip Meirhaeghe, Belgian mountainbiker
  • Mar 6 Darrick Martin, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mar 6 Roger Salkeld, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 6 Sean Morley, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 7 Alison Herst, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 7 Peter Sarsgaard, American actor
  • Mar 7 Matthew Vaughn, British producer and director
  • Mar 8 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Mar 8 Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 8 Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 9 Bev Oden, Millington Tenn, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 9 Emmanuel Lewis, American actor (Webster), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 9 Jiro Nihei, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)
  • Mar 9 Lou Benfatti, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • Mar 9 Sean Holcomb, NFL linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Mar 9 Diego Torres, Argentine singer
  • Mar 10 Frank Habermann, WLAF defensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 10 Morris Unutoa, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mar 10 Shad Williams, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 10 Steve Arnold, British racing driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 10 Jon Hamm, American actor (Mad Men - Don Draper), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Actor Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
  • Mar 11 Bob Kronenberg, WLAF corner (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 11 Jiri Vykoukai, Olomouc CZ, hockey player (Team Czech Rep, Oly-gold-98)
  • Mar 11 Marta Lovera Parquet, Miss Universe-Paraguay (1996)
  • Mar 11 Martin Rucinsky, Most Cze, NHL left wing (Canadiens, Oly-Gold-1998)
  • Mar 11 Johnny Knoxville, American television personality
  • Mar 12 Greg Hansell, Bellflower CA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Mar 12 Isaiah Rider, NBA guard/forward (Minn Timberwolves, Port Trailblazers)
  • Mar 12 Raul Mondesi, MLB outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 13 Curtis Conway, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 13 Li Chen, Changsha China, tennis star (1995 Futures-Austin TX)
  • Mar 13 Paul Henderson, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 13 Ralf Kleinmann, WLAF kicker/punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Mar 13 Robert Samuels, cricketer (West Indies Test opening batsman v NZ 1996)
  • Mar 13 Ryan Hayden, 400m hurdler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mar 13 Tony Vinson, NFL running back (Atl Falcons, Lon Monarchs, Balt Ravens)
  • Mar 13 Tracy Wells, actress (Heather-Mr Belvedere)
  • Mar 13 Annabeth Gish, American actress
  • Mar 13 Robert Lanham, American author and satirist
  • Mar 14 Ernie Brown, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 15 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 15 Reyna Royo, Miss Universe-Panama (1996)
  • Mar 15 Penny Lancaster, English model
  • Mar 16 Brett Carolan, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 16 Eric Ravotti, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 16 Alan Tudyk, American actor
  • Mar 17 Katrina Colleton, WNBA guard/forward (LA Sparks)
  • Mar 17 Tommy Thigpen, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Mar 17 Bill Mueller, American baseball player
  • Mar 19 Cory Fleming, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 19 Dalton James, actor (My Father the Hero, Mark-Beverly Hills 90201)
  • Mar 19 Kirk Botkin, NFL tight end (NO Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 19 Louie Debrusk, Cambridge, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Mar 19 Marty Moore, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Mar 19 Taase Faumui, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 19 Whitney Hedgepeth, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympics-2 silver-96)
  • Mar 19 Nadja Auermann, German supermodel
  • Mar 19 Sébastien Godefroid, Belgian sailor
  • Mar 20 Janis Kelly, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyball player (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 20 Manny Alexander, Dominican Republic, infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Mar 20 Touré, American writer
  • Mar 21 Hason Graham, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Mar 22 Richard Castillo, jockey
  • Mar 22 Will Yun Lee, American actor
  • Mar 23 Alexander Selivanov, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 23 Chris Lipuma, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 23 Demetrius DuBose, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Mar 23 Hiroyoshi Yamamoto, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Mar 23 Karen McDougal, playmate (Dec, 1997), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 23 Renette Cruz, Miss Universe-Canada (1996)
  • Mar 23 Yasmeen Ghauri, Montrael Canada, model (Valentino Perfume)
  • Mar 23 Gail Porter, British television presenter
  • Mar 24 Megyn Price, American actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 4 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author/actress Margaret Joan Sinclair (23) at a private ceremony in North Vancouver, Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • Mar 5 Winnie Lightner, actress (Gold Dust Gertie, Sit Tight), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Raymond Herreman, Flemish writer (Don't Forget to Live), dies at 74
  • Mar 8 Harold Lloyd, US comic/actor (Why Worry), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 9 Jean-Pierre Guezek, composer, dies at 36
  • Mar 10 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 11 Philo T Farnsworth, US TV pioneer, dies at 64
  • Mar 11 Roy Glenn, dies in Los Angeles at 56
  • Mar 11 Whitney M Young Jr, leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • Mar 13 Piero Coppola, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Rockwell Kens, US artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88
  • Mar 15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 16 Bebe Daniels, actress (Silver Dollar, My Past), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, cricketer (Vict & Aust), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 16 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Mar 17 Ernst Bachmeister, writer, dies
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • Mar 19 Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Last Things), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Mary Dorna, Dutch author, dies at 79
  • Mar 22 Martin Bodmer, writer, dies
  • Mar 23 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 23 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Felix Wolfes, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 29 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1886)
  • Mar 30 Selmer Jackson, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Liselotte Liselot Beekmeyer, Dutch actress (Child Crying), dies at 31