March 1972 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
  • Mar 1 David Rabe's "Sticks & Bones" premieres in NYC
  • 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 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 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 OPEC threatens "appropriate sanctions" against companies that "fail to comply with . . . any action taken by a Member Country in accordance with [OPEC] decisions."
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mar 17 Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
  • Mar 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 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 India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
  • 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 Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified)
  • 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 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 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

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

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Sherida Pawiroredjo, Suriname Miss Indra Maju (1993)
  • Mar 4 Robert Smith, American footballer
  • Mar 9 Spencer Howson, Australian radio broadcaster
  • Mar 10 Takashi Fujii, Japanese television performer
  • Mar 12 Alisa Castillo, Miss Nevada USA (1996)
  • Mar 18 Nathan Quarry, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • Mar 21 Michele Michael, Miss Maryland USA (1996)
  • Mar 21 Large Professor, hip hop artist
  • Mar 22 Elvis Stojko, Richmond Hill Ontario, (Oly-silver-94)
  • Mar 22 Pieter Christiaan, Prince of Netherlands
  • Mar 29 Michel Ancel, French game designer

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • Mar 8 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • Mar 11 Fredric [William] Brown, sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (b. 1941)
  • Mar 15 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • Mar 20 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter/graphic artist, dies at 51
  • Mar 20 Jan Engelman, Dutch poet/art critic (At the Front), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 Maurits C Escher, Dutch lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
  • Mar 29 J Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, industrialist/film magnate
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heather, US news anchor, dies at 81
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)