What Happened in March 1978

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

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