What Happened in March 1976

Historical Events


Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 2 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances
  • Mar 2 Bob Lurie becomes CEO of SF Giants
  • Mar 2 Holgate, Kemp & Lopez' musical premieres in NYC
  • Mar 2 Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest
  • Mar 3 Mozambique closes border with Rhodesia
  • Mar 3 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
  • Mar 4 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 4 SF Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie & Bud Herseth

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Mar 4 2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 5 British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
  • Mar 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 6 Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 6 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (GRB)
  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill
  • Mar 6 23rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Virginia beats North Carolina, 67-62
  • Mar 7 Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
  • Mar 8 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China
  • Mar 9 1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy
  • Mar 9 Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0
  • Mar 12 South African troops leave Angola
  • Mar 14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race
  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 Failed coup in Niger

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Mar 16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 17 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
  • Mar 17 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried
  • Mar 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 17 4 Catholic civilians (including 2 children) are killed and twelve wounded when the Ulster Volunteer Force explode a car bomb at Hillcrest Bar, Dungannon
  • Mar 20 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70)
  • Mar 20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
  • Mar 23 International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)
  • Mar 24 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup
  • Mar 25 "My Fair Lady" opens at St James Theater NYC for 384 performances
  • Mar 25 "Rex" opens at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Mar 25 Argentine milt junta bans leftist political parties
  • Mar 26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M
  • Mar 26 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album

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Mar 26 Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Mar 27 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens
  • Mar 28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • Mar 29 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan 86-68
  • Mar 29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 29 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher wins

  • Mar 30 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
  • Mar 31 Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth
  • Mar 31 NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Maringo Vlijter, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Mar 1 Peter F. Bell, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 1 Dave Malkoff, American TV News Reporter
  • Mar 2 Lars Bruggemann, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • Mar 2 Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist
  • Mar 3 Fraser Gehrig, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 4 Hiram Bocachica, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Mar 4 Sean Covel, American film producer
  • Mar 4 Scott Sturgeon (Stza Crack), American musician (Choking Victim and Leftover Crack)
  • Mar 4 Thierry Renaer, Belgian field hockey player
  • Mar 4 Vic Wunderle, American archer
  • Mar 5 Adriana Serra-Zanetti, Modena Italy, tennis star (1995 Moscow semi)
  • Mar 5 Paul Konerko, American baseball player
  • Mar 5 Katerina Matziou, Greek actress
  • Mar 5 Tim Sylvia, American mixed martial artist
  • Mar 6 Ken Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 8 Freddie Prinze Jr, actor (I Know What You Did Last Summer)
  • Mar 8 Juan Encarnacion, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Hines Ward, American football player
  • Mar 9 Thor Halvorssen, human rights activist
  • Mar 9 Ben Mulroney, Canadian television host
  • Mar 10 Barbara Schett, Innsbruck Austria, tennis star
  • Mar 10 Kisaki, Japanese musician
  • Mar 10 Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese actress, model and singer
  • Mar 11 Thomas Gravesen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 12 Simon Young, English music journalist
  • Mar 12 Zhao Wei, Chinese actress
  • Mar 13 James Dewees, musician
  • Mar 13 Danny Masterson, American actor
  • Mar 14 Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer, 3k ind pursuit cyclist (Oly-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 15 Laurent Gras, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Mar 15 Jennifer 8. Lee, American journalist
  • Mar 15 Katherine Brooks, American television director
  • Mar 15 Cara Pifko, Canadian actress
  • Mar 15 Jose Sanchez Zolliker, Mexican writer
  • Mar 16 Michelle Rae Collie, Miss Universe-Bahamas (1996)
  • Mar 16 Abraham Núñez, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 16 Paul Schneider, American actor
  • Mar 16 Nick Spano, American actor
  • Mar 17 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 17 Álvaro Recoba, Uruguayan footballer
  • Mar 17 Brittany Daniel, American actress
  • Mar 17 Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer
  • Mar 17 Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Jovan Kirovski, American soccer player
  • Mar 18 Tomokazu Ohka, Japanese baseball player
  • Mar 18 Scott Podsednik, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Michael Spillane, American wrestler, better known as Mike Quackenbush
  • Mar 18 Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
  • Mar 19 Rachel Blanchard, actress (Cher Horowitz-Clueless), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 19 Alessandro Nesta, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Zach Lind, American drummer (Jimmy Eat World)
  • Mar 20 Arno Knapen, Dutch soccer player (Holten, FC Twente)
  • Mar 20 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • Mar 22 Kellie Shanygne Williams, actress (Laura-Family Matters), born in Washington, D.C.

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Mar 22 Reese Witherspoon, American actress (Pleasantville, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Mar 23 Keri Russell, American actress (Felicity, The Americans), born in Fountain Valley, California
  • Mar 23 Nolan Baumgartner, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Mar 23 Dougie Lampkin, English motorcycle trials rider
  • Mar 23 Jeremy Newberry, American football player
  • Mar 23 Joel Peralta, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 23 Jayson Blair, American journalist and author
  • Mar 23 Ricardo Zonta, Brazilian racing car driver
  • Mar 23 Chris Hoy, Scottish cyclist, most successful Olympic cyclist ever (7 Olympic medals), born in Edinburgh
  • Mar 24 Danielle Garrett, Camp Hill Penn, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 24 Aliou Cissé, Senegalese footballer
  • Mar 24 Athanasios Kostoulas, Greek footballer
  • Mar 24 Aaron Brooks, American football player

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Mar 24 Peyton Manning, American football quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Mar 25 Monica Croscicka-Wnetrzak, Miss Universe-Poland (1996)
  • Mar 25 Francis Bellew, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Mar 25 Cha Tae-hyun, South Korean actor
  • Mar 25 Juvenile, American rapper
  • Mar 25 Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer
  • Mar 25 Baek Ji Young, South Korean singer
  • Mar 26 Amy Smart, American actress
  • Mar 26 Natalia Livingston, American actress
  • Mar 26 Nurgül Yeşilçay, Turkish actress
  • Mar 26 Ufuk Talay, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 27 Danny Fortson, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
  • Mar 27 Roberta Alma Anastase, Miss Universe-Romania (1996)
  • Mar 27 Djamel Belmadi, Algerian footballer
  • Mar 27 Tia Fuller, American jazz musician (Beyoncé backing band), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Mar 28 David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers)
  • Mar 29 Jennifer Capriati, tennis pro (Oly-gold-92), born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 29 Igor Astarloa, Spanish cyclist
  • Mar 30 Chris Canty, cornerback (New England Patriots)
  • Mar 30 Toby Gowin, punter (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 30 Mark McClelland, Northern Irish musician (Degrassi)
  • Mar 30 Obadele Thompson, Barbadian athlete
  • Mar 31 Amanda Moody, Orem Utah, Miss America-Utah (1996)
  • Mar 31 Josh Saviano, actor (Paul Pfeiffer-Wonder Years)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 20 Rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 2 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Mar 19 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Jean Martinon, French conductor/composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 3 Alfred Sendrey, composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 4 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (b. 1886)
  • Mar 6 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, dies at 71
  • Mar 7 Erwin Kroll, German composer, dies at 90
  • Mar 7 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 8 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • Mar 13 Willy Alfredo, [Willem Jue], Dutch comedian/poet, dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Alberta Franklin, silent screen actress, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Busby Berkeley, US choreographer/dir (Strike Up the Band), dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Martha Saalfeldt, writer, dies
  • Mar 17 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), dies at 69
  • Mar 18 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • Mar 18 Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 18 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
  • Mar 19 George Sklavos, composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Paul Kossoff, rock guitarist (Free), dies of heart failure at 25
  • Mar 19 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (b. 1889)
  • Mar 20 Michael Goodliffe, actor (Gorgon, 7th Dawn, Way Out), dies at 61
  • Mar 24 Nelson Case, TV host (Trash or Treasure), dies at 66

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Mar 24 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • Mar 26 Richard Arlen, actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), dies at 75
  • Mar 26 Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 30 Jacqueline Royaards-Sandberg, actress (Hostage Rights), dies at 99
  • Mar 31 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)