Historical Events in March 1969

  • Mar 1 "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1 After 88 weeks Sgt Pepper drops off the charts

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Mar 1 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium

Rocker Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison

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Mar 1 NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio 259 begins operation off the French coast
  • Mar 2 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
  • Mar 2 Chinese-Russian borders fight (approx 70 die)
  • Mar 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony

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Mar 2 Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 3 Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)
  • Mar 4 The Kray brothers, Ronald and Reginald, London East End gang bosses, are found guilty of murder. Both will die in captivity.
  • Mar 5 Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris
  • Mar 5 Gustav Heinemann elected president of West Germany
  • Mar 5 Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" premieres in London
  • Mar 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 8 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74
  • Mar 10 James Earl Ray pleads guilty to murder of Martin Luther King Jr
  • Mar 12 11th Grammy Awards: Mrs Robinson, By the Time I Get to Phoenix wins
  • Mar 12 120 cannabis joints found at George & Patti Harrison's home
  • Mar 13 Apollo 9 returns to Earth
  • Mar 14 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • Mar 14 Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
  • Mar 15 US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
  • Mar 15 Violent Chinese-Russian border dispute leaves 100s dead
  • Mar 16 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Mar 16 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • Mar 16 Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
  • Mar 17 Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th PM
  • Mar 17 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open
  • Mar 18 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Mar 19 British invade Anguilla
  • Mar 19 Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention
  • Mar 19 The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.
  • Mar 20 Abebe Bikila's auto-accident, near Addis Ababa
  • Mar 20 US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
  • Mar 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 22 "Billy" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Mar 22 "Come Summer" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Mar 22 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 UCLA wins its 5th national championship in 6 years
  • Mar 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Charlotte Golf Invitational
  • Mar 23 Rally for Decency (Miami)
  • Mar 25 Andes Pact signed in Peru

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Mar 25 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 25 Pakistan Gen Agha Mohammed Jagja Khan succeeds Ayub Chan as pres
  • Mar 25 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting, loyalists in Northern Ireland are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on 30 November 1968
  • Mar 26 Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • Mar 26 Nuclear reactor Dodewaard Neth goes into use
  • Mar 26 Soviet weather satellite Meteor 1 launched
  • Mar 27 Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston
  • Mar 27 Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars
  • Mar 28 Pope Paul VI names JGM Willebrands cardinal
  • Mar 28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
  • Mar 29 Communist New People's Army found in Philippines
  • Mar 29 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty, Sr. aboard Highland Wedding wins
  • Mar 29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • Mar 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Malabar Golf Invitational
  • Mar 30 Loyalists bomb water and electricity installations in Northern Ireland in the hope that the attacks would be blamed on the IRA and on elements of the civil rights movement, which was demanding an end to discrimination against Catholics

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Mar 31 George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison