Historical Events in March 1966

  • Mar 1 Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria
  • Mar 1 Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
  • Mar 2 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam

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Mar 3 Buffalo Springfield form (Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • Mar 3 James Goldman's "Lion in Winter" premieres in NYC

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Mar 3 Kwame Nkrumah flees Ghana to Guinee

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Mar 3 Rock group Buffalo Springfield forms
  • Mar 3 Twister hits Jackson Miss; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die
  • Mar 3 WRFT (now WVFT) TV channel 27 in Roanoke, VA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 4 Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing at Tokyo, 64 die

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Mar 4 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 4 North Sea Gas 1st pumped ashore by BP
  • Mar 5 75 MPH air currents causes BOAC 707 crash into Mount Fuji, 124 die
  • Mar 5 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • Mar 5 Player reps elect Marvin Miller, as exec dir of Players' Association
  • Mar 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 5 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 5 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66
  • Mar 6 Barry Sadlers' "Ballad of the Green Berets" becomes #1 (13 weeks)
  • Mar 7 "Wait A Minim!" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 457 performances
  • Mar 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • Mar 8 An IRA bomb destroyed Nelson's Column in Dublin
  • Mar 8 Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 9 Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black governor of Federal Reserve Board
  • Mar 10 5 time Horse of the Year, Kelso, retires
  • Mar 10 North Vietnamese capture US Green Beret Camp at Ashau Valley

BattleCoup d'├ętat

Mar 11 Military coup led by Indonesian Gen Suharto breaks out

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • Mar 11 A fire at two ski resorts in Numata, Japan kills 31 people.

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 12 Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
  • Mar 12 Love's 1st album released "Love"
  • Mar 12 Pioneer Plaza dedicated
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 13 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lagunita Golf Invitational

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 15 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Streisand

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • Mar 15 Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles
  • Mar 16 Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong & Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
  • Mar 16 Man From Uncle star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
  • Mar 17 South Africa's government bans Defense & Aid Fund
  • Mar 17 US sub locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean
  • Mar 18 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Mar 18 General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
  • Mar 18 Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
  • Mar 19 "Pousse Cafe" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Mar 19 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Ky 72-65
  • Mar 19 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants begins
  • Mar 20 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open
  • Mar 21 US preme Court reverses Mass ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
  • Mar 23 1st official meeting after 400 years of Catholic & Anglican Church
  • Mar 24 Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance
  • Mar 25 US Supreme court rules "poll tax" unconstitutional
  • Mar 25 Beatles pose with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today" album, It is later pulled
  • Mar 26 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard Anglo wins
  • Mar 27 Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia
  • Mar 27 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Louise Suggs Delray Beach Golf Invitational
  • Mar 29 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" opens at Alvin NYC for 129 performances

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 29 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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Mar 30 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 31 25,000 anti war demonstrators march in NYC
  • Mar 31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Luna 10, 1st lunar orbiter