Historical Events in March 1965

  • Mar 1 Australia suspends champion swimmer Dawn Fraser for 10-yrs for misconduct
  • Mar 1 Gas explosion kills 28 in apartment complex (La Salle, Quebec)
  • Mar 1 WPSX TV channel 3 in Clearfield, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 2 Montcalm Community College in Sidney Mich, founded

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Mar 2 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
  • Mar 3 The Temptations' "My Girl" reaches #1
  • Mar 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 4 David Attenbrough became the new controller of BBC2
  • Mar 5 1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony
  • Mar 5 Ernie Terrel beats Eddie Machen in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 5 March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence.
  • Mar 6 "How to Succeed in Business" closes at 46th St NYC after 1415 performances
  • Mar 6 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, JR Willford
  • Mar 6 Bruce Taylor hits 105 for NZ v India in 1st Test Cricket innings
  • Mar 6 12th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 91-85
  • Mar 7 Alabama state troopers & 600 black protestors clash in Selma
  • Mar 7 Bruce Taylor takes 5-86 in debut innings for NZ after ton
  • Mar 7 Christian-democrats win parliament in Chile
  • Mar 8 1st US combat forces arrive in Vietnam (3,500 Marines)
  • Mar 10 Dutch Princess Margriet & Pieter van Vollenhoven get engaged

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Mar 11 Indonesia President Sukarno accepts qualifications of Suharto

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • Mar 13 Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

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Mar 13 Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Mar 14 Israeli cabinet approves diplomatic relations with West Germany
  • Mar 15 T.G.I. Friday's 1st restaurant opens in NYC
  • Mar 15 WMFE TV channel 24 in Orlando, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17 Beatles announce their film is named "8 Arms to Hold on to You" (Help)
  • Mar 18 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • Mar 18 Rolling Stones fined £5 each for public urination
  • Mar 18 USSR launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st spacewalk (20 mins)
  • Mar 18 Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • Mar 19 Indonesia nationalizes all foreign oil companies
  • Mar 19 Rembrandt's "Titus" sells for then record 7,770,000 guilders
  • Mar 19 Stoica becomes president & Ceausescu party leader of Romania
  • Mar 19 The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000 and said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, was discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence exactly 102 years after its destruction.
  • Mar 20 27th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan 91-80
  • Mar 20 Venkataraghavan takes 8-72 v NZ at Delhi

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Mar 20 Civil and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the "New York Amsterdam News"

Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • Mar 20 10th Eurovision Song Contest: Serge Gainsbourg for Luxembourg wins singing "Poupee de cire, poupee de son" in Naples
  • Mar 21 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

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Mar 21 Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 21 US Ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact
  • Mar 22 D Senanayake wins general elections in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
  • Mar 22 US confirms its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong

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Mar 22 Nicolae Ceausescu is elected General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Mar 23 Gemini 3 launched, 1st US 2-man space flight (Grissom & Young)
  • Mar 23 Moroccan army shoots on demonstrators, about 100 killed
  • Mar 24 US Ranger 9 strikes Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus
  • Mar 25 Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, Al
  • Mar 25 West German Bondsdag extends war crimes retribution
  • Mar 26 A truck loses control down Moosic Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania, killing the driver. This accident later inspired the 1974 Harry Chapin song, "30,000 Pounds of Bananas."
  • Mar 27 119th Grand National: Mr. "Tommy" Smith aboard Jay Trump wins
  • Mar 28 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA All State Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • Mar 30 Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
  • Mar 31 US orders first combat troops to Vietnam
  • Mar 31 Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashes into the sea on approach to Tangier killing 47 of 51 occupants.