What Happened in March 1978

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 "Timbuktu!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 243 performances

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Mar 1 Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Mar 2 Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
  • Mar 3 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • Mar 4 Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue
  • Mar 4 25th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 85-77
  • Mar 5 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances
  • Mar 5 Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif

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Mar 6 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot & crippled by a sniper in Georgia

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Mar 7 Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
  • Mar 7 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 7 Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb

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Mar 8 The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

  • Mar 9 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • Mar 9 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 9 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Potzsch (GDR)
  • Mar 9 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
  • Mar 10 Soyuz 28 returns to Earth

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 10 "The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS

Actor Bill Bixby
Actor
Bill Bixby
  • Mar 11 Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed
  • Mar 11 USF-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust NC
  • Mar 12 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • Mar 12 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
  • Mar 13 Moluccan "suicide commandos" occupies Province house
  • Mar 14 Marines terminate Molukse action in Province house (1 dead)
  • Mar 14 NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • Mar 15 -21] operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
  • Mar 15 A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players & $390,000
  • Mar 15 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 16 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast

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Mar 16 Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • Mar 16 Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
  • Mar 16 US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
  • Mar 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 17 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • Mar 17 Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm
  • Mar 17 Reds don green uniforms for St Patricks Day
  • Mar 18 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, Calif
  • Mar 18 Former Pakistani premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
  • Mar 19 50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb
  • Mar 19 Sally Little wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 20 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 21 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • Mar 21 San Francisco passes its-and U.S.'-most comprehensive homosexual rights bill
  • Mar 22 France performs nuclear test

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Mar 22 Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm & Market, SF, dedicated

  • Mar 22 The Ruttle's "All You Need is Cash" is show on NBC-TV
  • Mar 22 Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 Wings release "With a Little Luck"
  • Mar 27 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88
  • Mar 27 Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 performances
  • Mar 27 Rutles "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV
  • Mar 28 Daryl Gates becomes the 49th Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Mar 30 "History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite
  • Mar 31 Wings release "London Town" album

Famous Birthdays


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Mar 1 Jensen Ackles, American actor (Days of our Lives), born in Dallas, Texas

  • Mar 1 Donovan Patton, Guamanian television star
  • Mar 1 Alicia Leigh Willis, American actress
  • Mar 2 Giannis Skopelitis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 3 Carol Aquino, Miss Guatemala Universe (1997)
  • Mar 3 Douglas Osmond, Provo Utah, vocalist (Osmond Boys)
  • Mar 3 Matt Diaz, American baseball player
  • Mar 3 Seomoon Tak, Korean singer
  • Mar 3 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • Mar 4 Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
  • Mar 4 Nate Ackerman, British-American logician and wrestler
  • Mar 4 Pierre Dagenais, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 4 Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress
  • Mar 5 Kimberly McCullough, California, actress (Robin-General Hospital)
  • Mar 5 Mike Hessman, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Sage Rosenfels, American Football Player
  • Mar 6 Lara Cox, Australian Actress
  • Mar 8 Nick Zano, American actor
  • Mar 9 Lucas Neill, Australian footballer
  • Mar 10 Ben Burnley, American musician (Breaking Benjamin)
  • Mar 11 Didier Drogba, Ivorian footballer
  • Mar 11 Albert Luque, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 11 Christopher Rice, American author
  • Mar 12 Cristina Teuscher, New Rochelle NY, 4X200m freestyle (Olymp-gold-96)
  • Mar 12 Tara Mounsey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • Mar 12 Casey Mears, American auto racer
  • Mar 12 Claudio Sanchez, American musician (Coheed and Cambria)
  • Mar 12 Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka
  • Mar 12 Masuimi Max, American model
  • Mar 13 Tom Danielson, American cyclist
  • Mar 13 Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian dancer
  • Mar 13 Kenny Watson, American football player
  • Mar 14 Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (d. 2001)
  • Mar 14 Pieter van den Hoogenband, Dutch swimmer
  • Mar 15 Takeru Kobayashi, Japanese competitive eater
  • Mar 15 Sid Wilson, American musician (Slipknot)
  • Mar 16 Brooke Burns, American actress
  • Mar 17 Adam Jennings, British actor, producer and film director
  • Mar 18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 18 Jonas Wallerstedt, Swedish footballer
  • Mar 18 Khalilah Adams, American actress
  • Mar 18 Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
  • Mar 21 Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d.2007)
  • Mar 21 Kevin Federline, American dancer/hip hop artist
  • Mar 21 Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 21 Rani Mukherjee, Indian actress
  • Mar 22 Tom Poti, professional hockey player
  • Mar 23 Nicholle Tom, Hinsdale IL, actress (Beethoven, Maggie-Nanny, BH 90210)
  • Mar 23 Walter Samuel, Argentine footballer

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Mar 23 Perez Hilton, American television personality and blogger, born in Miami, Florida

Blogger & TV Personality Perez Hilton
Blogger & TV Personality
Perez Hilton
  • Mar 24 Michael Braun, Australian rules footballer
  • Mar 26 Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player
  • Mar 28 Nafisa Joseph, Miss India Universe (1997)
  • Mar 29 Michael Kaczurak, American singer and actor
  • Mar 30 Wendy Christina Roberts, Miss South Carolina Teen USA (1996)
  • Mar 30 Chris Paterson, Scottish rugby player
  • Mar 31 Jérôme Rothen, French footballer
  • Mar 31 Stephen Clemence, English footballer
  • Mar 31 Tony Yayo, American rapper

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Actor Jeremy Irons (29) weds actress Sinéad Cusack (30)


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • Mar 7 Steve Bilko, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Mar 11 Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 12 John Cazale, actor (Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), dies at 41
  • Mar 12 Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • Mar 12 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • Mar 13 David McKinley Williams, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 13 Ghulam Mustafa Guard, cricketer (3 wkts in 2 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 17 George Dickinson, cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies
  • Mar 18 Faith Baldwin, US author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • Mar 19 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 22 Karl Wallenda, falls to death walking high-wire in PR at 73
  • Mar 23 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • Mar 24 Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • Mar 25 Jack Hulbert, actor (Bulldog Jack), dies at 85
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Pickles, actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
  • Mar 28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • Mar 29 Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, cricketer (8 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 30 George Paine, lefty cricket spinner (for England in WI 1935), dies
  • Mar 30 Harold Gimblett, cricketer (Batted in 3 Tests for England), suicide
  • Mar 31 Astrid Allwyn, actress (Love Affair, Girl for Calgary), dies at 68
  • Mar 31 Charles Herbert Best, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin), dies at 79