March 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • Mar 1 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • Mar 1 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
  • Mar 2 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR)
  • Mar 2 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)
  • Mar 2 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world
  • Mar 2 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • Mar 2 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US)
  • Mar 3 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • Mar 3 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague

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Mar 4 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 4 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
  • Mar 5 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
  • Mar 8 Students demonstrate in Warsaw
  • Mar 11 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
  • Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 12nd string quartet
  • Mar 11 Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for " Dock of the Bay"
  • Mar 12 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns
  • Mar 15 US Mint stops buying & selling gold
  • Mar 15 Uprising in South Yemen
  • Mar 16 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die

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Mar 16 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Wash DC by US & 6 European nations
  • Mar 18 Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • Mar 19 Howard University students seize administration building

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Mar 20 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Mar 20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
  • Mar 21 "Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise
  • Mar 21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases
  • Mar 21 Portuguese socialist Mario Soares banished to Sao Tomé
  • Mar 22 Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Lynda Johnson ordered off SF cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • Mar 22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC
  • Mar 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in SF

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Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie State College
  • Mar 30 General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 31 LBJ announces he will not seek re-election
  • Mar 31 Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins transmitting
  • Mar 31 Seattle's AL club is named Pilots

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • Mar 8 Ellen Forney, American cartoonist
  • Mar 10 Felice Arena, Australian children's author
  • Mar 10 Thio Li-ann, Singaporean law academic and Nominated Member of Parliament
  • Mar 15 Terje Riis-Johansen, Norwegian politician
  • Mar 18 Eudes, duc d'Angoulême, French prince
  • Mar 18 Paul Marsden, British politician
  • Mar 19 Mots'eoa Senyane, Lesotho diplomat
  • Mar 21 DJ Premier (Preemo), hip hop producer
  • Mar 23 Mitch Cullin, American novelist
  • Mar 27 Irina Belova, Russian pentathelete (world record 1992)
  • Mar 28 Iris Chang, American author (d. 2004)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 G v d Vring, writer, dies
  • Mar 1 Georg von der Vring, German painter (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Joseph Martin Jr, Speaker of the House, dies at 83
  • Mar 7 Yuri Aleksayevich Gagarin, USSR cosmonaut (Vostok I), dies at 31
  • Mar 14 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian/iconologist, dies
  • Mar 20 Carl T Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'Arc), dies
  • Mar 23 Edwin O'Connor, US writer, dies at 49
  • Mar 24 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70

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Mar 27 Yuri Gagarin, 1st man to orbit Earth, & Seryogin, in plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin