March 1971 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
  • 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
  • Mar 7 Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire
  • 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 killed; result of feud between two wings of the IRA 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 12 Hafez al-Assad elected President of Syria

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • Mar 12 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • Mar 12 The Allman Brothers Band record thier live album "Live at Fillmore East" on this date and the following day
  • Mar 12 Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 14 South Vietnamese troops flee Laos
  • Mar 15 Chatrooms make their debut on ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet
  • Mar 16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Edward 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 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 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 22 Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Mar 23 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
  • Mar 25 European council accepts Mansholt plan laying off 5 million farmers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Mar 26 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings
  • Mar 26 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares its independence
  • 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 31 South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion
  • Mar 31 William Calley sentenced to life for Mi Lai Massacre

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 3 Tyler Florence, chef, Food Network personality, & cookbook author
  • Mar 5 Amy Peistrup-Matthews, WPVA (Old Orchard-17-1995), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 7 Matthew Vaughn, British producer and director
  • Mar 13 Robert Lanham, American author and satirist
  • Mar 19 Sébastien Godefroid, Belgian sailor
  • Mar 20 Touré, American writer
  • Mar 26 Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian zoologist and sociobiologist
  • Mar 29 Lennart van Reen, son of author Ton v R/publisher Corrie Zelen

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • Mar 6 Raymond Herreman, Flemish writer (Don't Forget to Live), dies at 74
  • Mar 11 Philo T Farnsworth, US TV pioneer, dies at 64
  • Mar 11 Roy Glenn, dies in Los Angeles at 56
  • Mar 11 Whitney M Young Jr, leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • Mar 13 Rockwell Kens, US artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 16 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Mar 17 Ernst Bachmeister, writer, dies
  • Mar 19 Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Last Things), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Mary Dorna, Dutch author, dies at 79
  • Mar 22 Martin Bodmer, writer, dies
  • Mar 23 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • Mar 29 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1886)