Historical Events in March 1972

  • Mar 1 Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
  • Mar 1 David Rabe's "Sticks & Bones" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 1 KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting

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Mar 1 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 1 Two Catholic teenagers shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary while 'joy riding' in a stolen car in Belfast
  • Mar 2 Jean-B├ędell Bokassa appoints himself pres for life of Cent African Rep
  • Mar 2 NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter

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Mar 3 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • Mar 4 Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
  • Mar 4 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick UK
  • Mar 4 Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
  • Mar 4 Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
  • Mar 5 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party

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Mar 6 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

  • Mar 6 Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
  • Mar 8 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
  • Mar 8 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
  • Mar 9 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
  • Mar 9 Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Mar 10 1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana)
  • Mar 10 Gen Lon Nol becomes pres & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
  • Mar 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Mar 11 OPEC threatens "appropriate sanctions" against companies that "fail to comply with . . . any action taken by a Member Country in accordance with [OPEC] decisions."
  • Mar 11 19th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 73-64
  • Mar 12 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open

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Mar 12 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 13 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 14 NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
  • Mar 14 Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry
  • Mar 15 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • Mar 15 NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 15 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Best Picture 1973)

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • Mar 15 Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer iskilled in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone

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Mar 16 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 17 Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
  • Mar 18 AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
  • Mar 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 18 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • Mar 18 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • Mar 18 Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: "if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy"
  • Mar 19 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 19 Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 19 India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
  • Mar 19 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
  • Mar 20 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
  • Mar 20 S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
  • Mar 20 Donegall Street bombing: the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonate its first car bomb on Donegall Street in Belfast; four civilians, two RUC officers and a UDR soldier killed while 148 people were wounded
  • Mar 21 US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote
  • Mar 22 "Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 22 Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified)

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Mar 22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

  • Mar 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleve Indians for $9 million
  • Mar 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
  • Mar 22 In Eisenstadt v. Baird the US Supreme Court rules unmarried people have same right to contraception as married people.

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Mar 23 Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Mar 23 NY Yanks agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
  • Mar 24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • Mar 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76
  • Mar 25 America's LP "America" goes #1

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Mar 25 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • Mar 25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • Mar 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • Mar 26 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Mar 26 LA Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13)
  • Mar 26 William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky
  • Mar 27 Venera 8 launched to Venus
  • Mar 27 Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster
  • Mar 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • Mar 30 "Funny Thing Happened..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • Mar 30 North Vietnamese troops enter South Vietnam
  • Mar 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced
  • Mar 31 Official Beatles Fan Club closes down

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Mar 31 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal Canadian Navy