March 1965 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Gas explosion kills 28 in apartment complex (La Salle, Quebec)
  • Mar 2 Montcalm Community College in Sidney Mich, founded
  • Mar 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 5 March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence.
  • Mar 6 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, JR Willford
  • 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 14 Israeli cabinet approves diplomatic relations with West Germany
  • Mar 15 T.G.I. Friday's 1st restaurant opens in NYC
  • 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 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

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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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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 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.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Lembit Öpik, British politician
  • Mar 4 Dana Brown, Miss Tenn-America (1991-3rd), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 4 Khaled Hosseini, Afghan author and physician
  • Mar 4 Jonathan Shearer, Scottish castaway
  • Mar 8 Fátima Lopes, Portuguese fashion designer
  • Mar 11 Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician
  • Mar 21 Xavier Bertrand, French politician
  • Mar 23 Gary Whitehead, American poet
  • Mar 29 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist (d. 2005)
  • Mar 29 William Oefelein, American Astronaut
  • Mar 30 Piers Morgan, editor (Daily Mirror)
  • Mar 31 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer (d. 2006)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 26 Playwright Tom Stoppard (28) weds nurse Josie Ingle

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard

Deaths in History

  • Mar 5 Chen Cheng, Chinese politician (b. 1897)
  • Mar 9 Kazys Boruta, writer, dies
  • Mar 11 James Reeb, US vicar/civil rights activist, murdered
  • Mar 13 George Calinescu, Romanian author (Lauda Lucrorilor), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884)
  • Mar 13 Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, poet, and politician (b. 1882)
  • Mar 13 Vittorio Jano, Italian engineer (b. 1891)
  • Mar 17 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, dies at 69
  • Mar 17 Almos Alonzo Stagg, football coach (University of Chicago), dies in California at 102
  • Mar 18 Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
  • Mar 25 Viola Gregg Liuzzo, US civil rights activist, murdered
  • Mar 28 VAA Mary, English princess, dies at 67
  • Mar 28 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (b. 1888)
  • Mar 30 Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)