Historical Events in March 1971

  • Mar 1 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Wash DC
  • Mar 1 Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
  • Mar 3 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles
  • Mar 3 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa
  • Mar 4 "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 5 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin is first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
Musician John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 7 Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 8 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Sq Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 8 Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
  • Mar 8 Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man was killed; the feud between the two wings of the IRA had been developing since the split in 1970
  • Mar 9 J M Noreiga takes 9-95 WI v India at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 9 Three off-duty Scottish soldiers are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army; 4000 shipyard workers take to the streets to demand internment in response
  • Mar 10 US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18
  • Mar 10 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 12 Syrian premier Hafez Assad elected president
  • Mar 12 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • Mar 12 Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 13 Live at Fillmore East recorded
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Mar 14 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Burt Bacharach Special" on CBS TV

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 14 South Vietnamese troops flee Laos
  • Mar 14 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

Sport awardTennis Open

Mar 14 59th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Arthur Ashe (6-1, 7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 14 59th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong (2-6, 7-6, 7-5)
  • Mar 15 Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet
  • Mar 16 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win
  • Mar 16 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, Hollywood

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Mar 16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Heath to disucss the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • Mar 17 Government of Trygve Bratteli takes office in Norway
  • Mar 18 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government
  • Mar 21 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • Mar 21 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 21 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • Mar 21 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 22 Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 22 6th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Mar 23 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 25 European council accepts Mansholt plan laying off 5 million farmers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" goes gold

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • Mar 25 James Callaghan speaks at a rally of the Northern Ireland labour movement, but rejects calls for the Labour Party to open membership to those living in N. Ireland
  • Mar 26 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings
  • Mar 26 "Cannon" with William Conrad premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 26 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares its independence
  • Mar 27 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title
  • Mar 27 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast
  • Mar 28 25th Tony Awards: Sleuth & Company win
  • Mar 29 1st Lt William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre
  • Mar 29 Chile president Allende nationalizes banks/copper mines
  • Mar 29 Conrad Van Emde Boas becomes West Europe's 1st sexology professor
  • Mar 29 Development of a serum hepatitis vaccine for children announced
  • Mar 29 WSVN (now WSBN) TV channel 47 in Norton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 31 South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion
  • Mar 31 William Calley sentenced to life for Mi Lai Massacre