March 1970 in History

Events in History

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 1 Charles Manson's album "Lie" is released

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • Mar 1 End of US commercial whale hunting
  • Mar 1 Kreisky's social democrats win Austrian parliamentary election
  • Mar 1 White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain
  • Mar 2 American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
  • Mar 2 Rhodesia becomes independent republic
  • Mar 2 Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years
  • Mar 4 French submarine "Eurydice" explodes off Cape Camarat in the Mediterranean, all 57 crew lost
  • Mar 5 Edison Theater opens at 240 W 47th St NYC
  • Mar 5 Nuclear non-proliferation treaty goes into effect
  • Mar 5 SDS Weathermen terrorist group bomb 18 West 11th St in NYC
  • Mar 5 Dubnium atoms are first detected conclusively.
  • Mar 5 "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released
  • Mar 6 A Catholic man is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Mar 7 Ice Pairs Championship at Ljubljana won by Rodnina & Ulanov (URS)
  • Mar 7 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Ljubljana won by Gabriele Seyfert (GDR)
  • Mar 7 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ljubljana won by Tim Wood (USA)
  • Mar 10 South Africa complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia
  • Mar 10 Members of the Stormont Parliament of Northern Ireland given police protection
  • Mar 11 Iraq Ba'th Party recognizes Kurd nation
  • Mar 12 US lowers voting age from 21 to 18
  • Mar 13 100 year Beehive anniversary ends in brawl in Amsterdam
  • Mar 13 Digital Equipment Corp introduces PDP-11 minicomputer
  • Mar 13 SF city employees begin 4-day strike
  • Mar 15 Expo '70 opens in Osaka, Japan
  • Mar 16 New English Bible published
  • Mar 17 US casts their 1st UN Security Council veto (Support England)
  • Mar 18 Cambodia military coup under Gen Lon Nol, prince Sihanuk flees
  • Mar 18 Two-week US postal strike begins; it is against the government and is the largest wildcat strike in US history
  • Mar 18 Five Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs), including William Craig and Harry West, are expelled from the Unionist Parliamentary Party, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 19 W German chancellor & E German premier meet
  • Mar 22 "Blood Red Roses" opens & closes at John Golden Theater NYC
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24 Dutch cartoonist Frans Piet ends "Sjors & Sjimmie" strip
  • Mar 25 Concorde makes its 1st supersonic flight (700 MPH/1,127 KPH)
  • Mar 26 500th nuclear explosion announced by the US since 1945
  • Mar 26 Golden Gate Park Conservatory made city landmark
  • Mar 26 Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) plead guilty to "taking immoral liberties" with a 14 year old girl
  • Mar 26 The Police (Northern Ireland) Act becomes law; the act provides for the disarmament of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the establishment of an RUC reserve force
  • Mar 27 Ringo releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey"
  • Mar 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 28 1,086 die when 7.4 quake destroys 254 villages (Gediz Turkey)
  • Mar 30 USSR wins its 8th straight world hockey championship
  • Mar 31 Federal bankruptcy court allows Seattle Pilots to be sold to Milwaukee
  • Mar 31 Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere after 12 years in orbit
  • Mar 31 Following an Orange Order parade, intense riots erupt on the Springfield Road in Belfast; violence lasts for three days, and the British Army used CS gas for the first time in large quantities

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Steve Holman, miler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mar 7 Jacquelyn Doucette, Miss Massachusetts USA (1996)
  • Mar 7 James Calvin Spivey, Schiller Park Ill, miler
  • Mar 9 Melissa Rathburn-Nealy, US soldier (Iraqi POW)
  • Mar 11 Delia Gallagher, American journalist
  • Mar 12 Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher
  • Mar 17 Shannan Mitchem, Decatur GA, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Mar 27 Princess Leila of Iran (d. 2001)
  • Mar 28 Michelle Gildernew, Irish republican politician

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Ed[uard] Hoornik, Dutch writer/poet (Na jaren), dies at 59
  • Mar 2 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (b. 1888)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 11 Erle Stanley Gardner, US writer (Perry Mason), dies at 80

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Mar 15 Josef Martin Bauer, writer, dies at 68
  • Mar 15 Tarjei Vesaas, Nowegian author/novelist/writer (Isslottet), dies at 72
  • Mar 16 Arthur Adamov, Russian/French playwright, dies at 61
  • Mar 17 Fernand Crommelynck, Belgian playwright (Chaud et Frois), dies at 83
  • Mar 21 Marlen Haushofer, writer, dies at 49
  • Mar 23 Del Lord, Canadian director (b. 1894)
  • Mar 26 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist
  • Mar 29 Anna Louise Strong, American communist journalist (b. 1885)
  • Mar 30 Heinrich Brüning, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1885)
  • Mar 31 Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WW II), dies at 75