March 1977 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards
  • Mar 1 US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
  • Mar 2 1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show
  • Mar 2 Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson
  • Mar 2 Libya amends constitution
  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 3 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 4 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, NM
  • Mar 4 Colin Croft takes 8-29 against Pakistan at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 4 Earthquake in Romania kills 1,541
  • Mar 7 Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins elections

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Mar 7 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin meets US President Jimmy Carter

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Mar 8 Henry L Marsh III elected mayor of Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 8 Princess Anne announces she's expecting her 1st child (Peter)
  • Mar 9 Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Wash DC, siege ended Mar 11th
  • Mar 9 Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), becomes 12th director of CIA replacing acting director Knoche
  • Mar 10 Rings of Uranus discovered during occulation of SAO
  • Mar 11 Muslims hold 130 hostages in Wash DC
  • Mar 12 Chile president Pinochet bans Christian-Democratic Party
  • Mar 12 Egypt's Anwar Sadat pledges to regain Arab territory from Israel
  • Mar 13 Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test
  • Mar 15 US House of Reps begin 90 day test of televising its sessions
  • Mar 16 US president Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland
  • Mar 18 The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"
  • Mar 18 US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia
  • Mar 18 Vietnam hands over MIA to US
  • Mar 19 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 19 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.33)
  • Mar 20 Communists/socialists win French municipal elections
  • Mar 20 Parisians elect former PM Jacques Chirac as 1st mayor in a century

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 20 Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Mar 22 Dutch Den Uyl government falls
  • Mar 22 Indira Gandhi resigns as PM of India
  • Mar 22 Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) government under Joop den Uyl falls
  • Mar 26 Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"
  • Mar 26 Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson
  • Mar 27 583 die in aviation's worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport
  • Mar 28 Morarji Desai forms government in India
  • Mar 31 Michael Cristofer's "Shadow Box" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Juha Helppi, Finnish professional poker player
  • Mar 10 Colin Murray, British radio DJ
  • Mar 12 Ramiro Corrales, American footballer
  • Mar 16 Donal Óg Cusack, Irish hurler
  • Mar 23 Jean Carlos Gamarra, Peruvian taekwondo practitioner
  • Mar 28 Lauren Weisberger, American novelist

Deaths in History

  • Mar 4 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • Mar 5 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • Mar 10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 10 Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
  • Mar 13 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison
  • Mar 14 Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 15 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • Mar 15 Hubert Aquin, Quebec novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)
  • Mar 18 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • Mar 22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • Mar 27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67